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New reviews added :: posted by Jason :: 27 Jan 2013

As promised at the start of the year, Oldschool Gaming is back on the road with no less than six new reviews added for this first update of 2013.

This time we've taken a look at platformer The Wicked Father for the Atari 2600 (which offers what has to be one of the most morally questionable back stories we've ever heard), a simple dodge 'em up called Patrol In The Space for the Atari 8-bit and the VIC 20 gets a decent rendition of Tetris called Tetris+ and a conversion of the Game & Watch title Parachute.

Finally, there's a couple of shoot 'em ups; R-Type 128 for the Amstrad CPC (a remake of the seminal Irem coin-op which is superior to the official Electric Dreams conversion) and the hardcore SuperCPU-specific Metal Dust for the C64, which is now available for everybody to play via the SuperCPU emulation being incorporated into VICE.

CSSCGC 2013 (Spectrum) launched :: posted by Jason :: 27 Jan 2013

For those who enjoy bad games, the 2013 edition of the Comp.Sys.Sinclair Crap Game Competition (affectionately known as CSSCGC to its friends) has just started, hosted by the "winner" of the 2012 iteration, R-Tape. The CSSCGC began on USENet in 1996 with the slightly less than commendable aim of trying to produce games that were worse than those on the Spectrum version of Cascade's almost legendary Cassette 50 compilation and has been an annual fixture of the Spectrum gaming calendar ever since, although probably for the wrong reasons!

  • External link:   CSSCGC 2013 official website

Revival event in Wolverhampton :: posted by Jason :: 24 Jan 2013

For 2013 there's what we're loosely calling plans to take Oldschool Gaming along to two retro events in the United Kingdom, the first of which will be Revivial, a shiny new event being put together by Chris at Retro Fusion and Craig of Turnarcades. The venue is Wolverhampton Racecourse and the event runs over two days starting from the 18th of May 2013. More information about the event along with booking info can be found on the Revival website.

As we've done for a couple of years at Replay and Play, Oldschool Gaming will be rocking up with a selection of machines armed with SD and CF card readers which are loaded with a good selection of indie games. And keeping with tradition, Jason fully expects to be ill at some point during the weekend but, since it seems to be something different every time and he's already spent an event with a lost voice, he should at least be able to talk to people this time.

  • External link:   Revival Events website

Intergalactic Space Rescue (Spectrum) released :: posted by Jason :: 21 Jan 2013

Space is a dangerous place, but the Intergalactic Space Rescue is the cosmic equivalent of the AA and searches for vessels in peril and returning them to base... and now you can help using just your wits, skills and a 16K Spectrum!

  • External link:   Intergalactic Space Rescue at World of Spectrum
  • News source:  FreshBEEP

Oil's Well (PET) released :: posted by Jason :: 17 Jan 2013

Oil's Well by Mr. Nop is a single screen action game for the Commodore PET that is similar to the coin-op Anteater. The player controls a drill head connected to a long cable that can be used to burrow deep underground in search of oil, but needs to watch out for the subterranean creatures because they'll chew through the cable. Since the forum where Mr. Nop announced Oil's Well doesn't allow downloads to unregistered users, a copy of the game has been uploaded to the Oldschool Gaming server over here.

  • External link:   Oil's Well announcement at Commodore128.org

Teodoro No Sabe Volar (Amstrad CPC) released :: posted by Jason :: 09 Jan 2013

Teodoro no Sabe Volar (or Teodoro Can't Fly in English) is a colourful platform game that, along with existing Spectrum and MSX versions, now exists for the Amstrad CPC. Because he can't fly, Teodoro is a jester in what used to be a happy, carefree kingdom who, as his king is dragged away by invaders, is charged with climbing the tower and ringing a signal bell to warn the surrounding kingdoms.

  • External link:   Teodoro no Sabe Volar at Retroworks' website
  • News source:  CPCWiki

S-Blox (C64) released :: posted by Jason :: 09 Jan 2013

It's hard to write something original about yet another new Tetris clone, but here comes one on the C64 from Avatar. Tessellate blocks, create lines, score points...

  • External link:   S-Blox at the CSDb

Moderate Retribution (Spectrum) released :: posted by Jason :: 06 Jan 2013

There's not much that needs to be said about Stonechat Productions' latest Spectrum game; it's a scrolling shoot 'em up, the enemy is at the metaphorical door and only one person can take them down. "Aviator shades? Check. Flight suit? Check. Synthi-cigs? Check. A steely Resolve to smash an alien empire? Check."

  • External link:   Moderate Retribution at World of Spectrum

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