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CSSCGC 2011 (Spectrum) started :: posted by Jason :: 19 Jan 2011

It must be that time of year again because I've got another cold! And if that wasn't enough, the CSS Crap Game Competition 2011 has only gone and started, hosted by those pesky Mojon Twins. As always, the idea is to produce crap games for the Spectrum, although how people define crapness in the first place is open to interpretation but there's always a few good laughs to be had and occasionally something playable sneaks in whilst nobody is looking.

  • External link:   CSSCGC 2011 site
  • News source:  SpeccyNews on Twitter

Boulder Logic (ZX81) released :: posted by Jason :: 17 Jan 2011

Another release from Bob Smith for an expanded ZX81 and this time it's a variation on the classic Boulder Dash called Boulder Logic. Help Bradford Walker-Smythe tunnel his way through the scrolling caves whilst dodging falling boulders and grabbing gems... we probably didn't need to explain what happens, but the post would've been very short otherwise!

  • External link:   Boulder Logic at Bob Smith's website

Pong Machine (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 12 Jan 2011

The name might sound like an assault on the olfactory organs to some, but Pong Machine is, naturally, a home version of the exciting coin-operated game Pong! Yes, there's hundreds of Pong variants out there for the 8-bits, but this one does at least offer a decent computer opponent for those players who have nobody to ping them.

  • External link:   CSDb entry

Uwol 2 (Amstrad CPC) released :: posted by Jason :: 07 Jan 2011

Well, it's a new year and here's a new game from the Mojon Twins; Uwol is back and this time he's on the Amstrad CPC... but it's not a conversion of UWOL: Quest For Money! Instead Uwol 2 follows on where the original game left off, with Uwol himself outside the Storm Palace and, after a knock from a rogue phantom, skint and lost in the Electric Garden where he has the option of either directly escaping and going home or utilising the surprisingly familiar green pipes that lead to cash-laden locations.

  • External link:   The Mojon Twins

DAQ Lord Of Idar (MSX) released :: posted by Jason :: 06 Jan 2011

So, anyone fancy something akin to a board game with a few RPG stylings? In that case, the MSX is the place to look and MSXdev entry DAQ Lord Of Idar what you'll be seeing. One to four players with the computer stepping in to take the other seats compete to grab and defend the most real estate on the island of Idar.

  • External link:   News on MSXDev

1,000 Kung-Fu Maniacs (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 03 Jan 2011

1,000 Kung-Fu Maniacs is another game where the title pretty much suggests the content. The Master of Awesome is on an ancient journey to... actually no, he's just trying to recover a toy robot for a child called Melvin but the bullies live in a town chock full of evil martial arts schools (can you guess how many pupils are enrolled right now?) so there's going to be some severe kickings dished out during this quest.

  • External link:   Psytronik news item

Stamp Collector (Spectrum) released :: posted by Jason :: 03 Jan 2011

It isn't quite the final release because programmer Dave Hughes wants to do a little more tweaking first, but Stamp Collector for the Spectrum is available to download and is a single screen platformer where the objective is to collect stamps whilst dodging the nasties. Ha, you weren't expecting that, were you?

  • External link:   Google Docs download
  • News source:  World of Spectrum forums

OSG Review of 2010 :: posted by Jason :: 02 Jan 2011

Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's the first days of 2011 and once more time for a still-recovering Oldschool Gaming to squint blearily at the games released during the previous twelve months, valiantly trying to decide which ones were outstanding enough for the accolade of Oldschool Gaming Game Of The Year Award and how many should simply have had their media erased. As usual, the "polling" for this look back was handled by sending out random messages on Facebook, nagging a few folks on IRC until they either swore or coughed up a couple of titles and "borrowing" anything from 2010 that was listed in interviews - so enjoy!

(And yes, there wasn't a round-up for 2009 but nobody's perfect... if there's ever demand for one it might perhaps get written, but nobody has complained to date!)

  • External link:   Review of 2010

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