Surviving the Horrors of Martian Gothic

When you think of Survival Horror, which games come to mind? Resident Evil, Silent Hill or perhaps Alone in the Dark? Well what about Martian Gothic, which was released under the full title of Martian Gothic Unification, and in my opinion is just as good as, if not better, than the aforementioned titles in the genre. Developed by Creative Reality and released by Talonsoft for [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 90

The 90th issue of Retro Gamer hits UK and virtual store shelves this week, although subscribers will have had the joy of getting to read their advanced copy. The four weekly dedicated retrogaming magazine covers all things retro, from the latest news, reviews, interviews, features and more. This month the guys have focused on the 25th anniversary of Zelda by taking a lookback at the [... read more ...]

Remembrance of an Arcade Gaming Pastime

To many gamers, the late 1980s was the true golden age of arcade gaming.  Looking back at this period, we reminisce about the classic games that we all played and loved.  In hindsight, it was the last great age of arcade gaming as home games consoles began to overtake the arcade in technical ability, negating the need for the average gamer to visit the arcades.  [... read more ...]

Night Escape released on MSX

The third entry into the MSXdev ’11 game making competition is Night Escape from Sherif Hashem. Developed entirely in MSX-BASIC, the game is a memory puzzle where the player must memorise the maze layout before the lights go out. If that wasn’t hard enough, there’s a nasty monster roaming the maze ready to pounce and the lamp has limited use. Don’t let the restrained visuals [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 1 digitally archived

The very first issue of Sega Pro – and the first for Paragon Publishing – has been digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Sega Pro was a very successful UK publication that was launched in 1991 and lasted right up to the Saturn’s demise. The magazine had such esteemed staff as Dominic Handy, Les Ellis and Damian Butt. So what can you expect to see [... read more ...]

Ghouls ‘n Ghosts Best Bits

The Sega Mega Drive / Genesis conversion of Capcom’s arcade smash hit Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is considered one of the machine’s finest games. The 16-bit conversion is playtested, dissected and studied for GameFan’s latest article. There’s no denying the fantastic visuals and gameplay that GnG offers, but oh, that “you gotta be kiddin’ me” difficulty and false ending are real slaps to the face. And [... read more ...]

Retrogaming RoundUp 31

Retrogaming RoundUp #31 has been released and is available to download for free. The monthly retrogaming podcast features news, reviews, articles, and more in its in-depth episodes. This month, the guys debate their Top 10 sexiest Video Game Babes, look at sound in video games, unearth lost Atari prototypes, speak with Al Alcorn (one of the pioneers of coin op arcade games) and review Evil [... read more ...]

The Genesis of EA Sports

It’s hard to think of a gaming world without EA Sports dominating the sports genre with their Madden, NHL, PGA and FIFA franchises, but back in 1991, Electronic Arts were just beginning to realise the potential of their sports division. With the help of the super sleek Mega Drive/Genesis console, EA Sports’ quickly emerged as the world’s greatest sports videogame publisher. Not only were the [... read more ...]

MegaTech issue 2 digitally preserved

The underrated MegaTech was one of the many magazines that I lost in the unfortunate moving incident of 1999, so it’s fantastic news that meppi has started digitally preserving the issues. MegaTech was the first magazine in the UK dedicated to the Sega Mega Drive and was EMAP’s first publication to feature fully digitised screenshots. In fact, the lengths editor Paul Glancey and his team [... read more ...]

Road Rashing GameFan style

I’ve mentioned Road Rash II before, but I never had to chance to delve into it in such depth as I have with this article posted over at the GameFan website. I’d forgotten just how much fun this game can be, especially in two player split screen mode and it still holds up well to this day. A brilliant motor biking game with a difference: [... read more ...]

Commodore Free issue 50

Commodore Free has reached its 50th issue, which is quite an achievement for a fanzine. Launched towards the end of 2006, the Commodore dedicated retrogaming zine has been published every month since, with the odd exception. In fact, things weren’t looking good when the editor was requested to remove the first three issues over copyright problems with some images used. To send this kind of [... read more ...]

Back in Time: May 1991

As we head ‘back in time’ for another nostalgic trip down retrogaming lane, we stop off at May 1991. It was a time of change with Amiga Power launching and a new weekly games magazine called Games-X being launched. Not only that but The One magazine has split into two: The One for Amiga Games and The One for ST Games. Games wise, the magazines [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 89

With issue 89, Retro Gamer has gone full on with the Commodore 64 as they provide the ultimate Collector’s Guide to the popular 8-bit computer. But that’s not all, as Retro Gamer have done wonders to produce another retro packed issue. Other highlights include Cheap as Chips: Jill of the Jungle (which we covered in Retroaction issue 1), Making of Starquake (with developer Steven Crow), [... read more ...]

The Adventures of Jim Slim in Dragonland released on C64

Protovision have just announced the release of their latest hit for the Commodore 64. The Adventures of Jim Slim in Dragonland” (aka Jim Slim) is a jump-’n’-roll platform game where you control a colourful ball named Jim who has been tasked with retrieving a magical skull from the demon Warlord Gothar. Not only that, but Jim’s girlfriend, Candy, has also been kidnapped. Jim must make [... read more ...]