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New reviews added :: posted by Jason :: 17 May 2011

Blimey, it's one of those update thingies - I'd almost forgotten what they looked like! There does seem to be something of a theme to this one since four of the five games added are platformers; Gimme Bright is a City Connection inspired one on the Spectrum whilst the C64 gets Psytronik's Knight 'n' Grail.

And it was quite a while arriving, but we've finally got a shiny new BBC Micro area which opens with reviews of The Krystal Connection and Hard Hat Harry both representing for the platform massive and gallery shooter Zap just because a good spot of blasting is fun as well.

Nanako ICJMC (ZX81) released :: posted by Jason :: 16 May 2011

The Mojon Twins have just released their platform game Nanako In Classic Japanese Monster Castle on the ZX81 - as usual the scantily clad titular heroine must make her way up through the rooms of the tower in search of her sister, but this time she and the world around her are all made of ASCII. Obviously a RAM expansion is a requirement since the name alone would've filled an unexpanded machine!

  • External link:   The Mojon Twins
  • News source:  World of Spectrum forums

Coins (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 14 May 2011

Avatar's newest C64 game is Coins, a match 4 style puzzle game where groups of coins with the same colour must be arranged into a square for removal against the clock. There are two modes of play, an unlock to find and a large number of coins to shuffle around.

  • External link:   Coins at the CSDb

Dino (Atari 8-bit) released :: posted by Jason :: 14 May 2011

The final version of Dino for the Atari 8-bit has been released. The titular reptile, who dances like Barney on the titles page, spends the game bumbling along trying to grab snacks such as drumsticks and stakes (no, not steaks - these ones have girls tied to them) whilst leaping over or ducking under obstructions.

  • External link:   Dino
  • News source:  Atari Age forums

On The Farm 2 (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 14 May 2011

One man can make a difference - especially if it's one man and his dog. We're off to top field with On The Farm 2, where the player guides a sheep dog in order to herd those pesky chunky knitwears-to-be into their pen. In the 1980s, Codemasters would've released it as Super Shepherd Simulator!

  • External link:   On The Farm 2 at the CSDb

BioTerror! (PET) released :: posted by Jason :: 09 May 2011

BioTerror! (which comes with a free exclamation mark but no space between words) has struck as an the infection begins sweeping across the United States. It's also a game for a 40 column Commodore PET where players can quarantine infected cities whilst trying to research a cure.

  • External link:   BioTerror! website

MSXdev 2011 launched :: posted by Jason :: 09 May 2011

Whoops, we totally missed the start of the MSXdev competition for 2011 which happened at the start of April. Despite only being one month in, they've already had six in-progress entries announced for it (with some very interesting-looking titles like Hyper Soldier Angel in there) and two complete games, the Snake-resembling Pwnd 2 and an implementation of the turn-based droid dodger Robots.

  • External link:   MSXdev website

Jim Slim (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 05 May 2011

The titular hero of C64 platformer The Adventures of Jim Slim in Dragonland is a spherical chap with a happy face, but he's been charged with rescuing the love of his life and that means finding a magical skull. Jim can roll, jump or bounce his way around the brightly coloured levels, collect colour-coded keys to open doors and avoid hazards.

This game uses a technique called AGSP for it's extremely colourful, high-speed scrolling and that won't necessarily work on every C64 out there, so give the downloadable previews a go on your real C64 before considering a purchase.

  • External link:   Adventures of Jim Slim in Dragonland at Protovision

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