Back in Time: March 1992

It’s another month, which means another retro helping of ‘Back in Time’.  This time we go back twenty years to take look at the best videogaming magazines from March 1992. This was a time when the quirky platformer Harlequin appeared on the Amiga, WWF Wrestlemania grappled all comers on all formats, Buck Rogers showed everyone how to do a Sci-Fi RPG, Space Crusade made strategic [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer celebrates its 100th issue

Back in 2005, it seemed unlikely that Retro Gamer would survive past issue 20, never mind 100. Fortunately, the magazine was revived by its current publishers and still produces the goods to this day, content and design wise. With its 100th issue, the Retro Gamer team have pulled out all the stops and packed the 100 odd pages with superb content from start to finish. [... read more ...]

PC Player issue 2 digitally archived

With the PC being this author’s main gaming platform for nearly 20 years, it would be unsurprising to see a return to the digital archiving of PC Player. As this author has mentioned previously, the magazine was vastly underrated with superb content and design, so hopefully, people everywhere can now see what was so great about the magazine. With issue 2 of PC Player, we [... read more ...]

Mega issue 2 digitally archived

This author has spoken about his fondness of the Mega Drive magazine, Mega, for some time, here and here, but has it really been two years since the release of Mega issue 1? Apparently so. Well that is going to change as one this author’s favourite gaming magazine of all time will start to appear slightly more frequently. Starting with issue 2 right now. With [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 98

As Retro Gamer rushes headlong towards that milestone 100th issue, we are treated to yet another fine issue. Taking centre stage is SNK’s Metal Slug, as the team look at the making of the classic run-’n’-gun games. Other standout articles include Coin-Op Capers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, In The Chair With… Bruce Everiss, The Making Of Alone In The Dark and The History Of Space [... read more ...]

Back in Time: 2011

As another year has just ended, we take a look back at the year’s highlights: the games, the ezines, magazines, podcasts and other retrogaming activities…   One of the first homebrew games reported in January 2011 was 1,000 Kung-Fu Maniacs. Developed by Alf Yngve and released through Psytronik, the game follows the kung-fu exploits of Master of Awesome as he travels through the Ninja invested [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 97

As Christmas is fast approaching, Retro Gamer produces another festive themed cover in the same vein as Newsfield Publications’ classic gaming mags, Crash and Zzap!64. And that’s fitting, because the highlight of this issue is undoubtedly The Making of… Zzap!64, the Commodore 64′s much loved gaming magazine, with input from Oliver Frey, Roger Kean and Gary Penn – a must read. Tying in with Newsfield’s [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 96

Whether you love it or hate it, the Final Fantasy series has proven to be the world’s most popular Role Playing Games ever and Retro Gamer looks at, arguably, the best of the whole lot with a Making Of… article. Other big articles include The Story of Monty Mole, The Making Of… The Revenge Of Shinobi and Top 25 Commodore 64 games. In amongst the [... read more ...]

Computer and Video Games' landmark issue 174 digitally archived

It’s fair to say that following the departure of the legendary Julian Rignall in the early 1990s, the world’s first dedicated videogaming magazine, Computer & Video Games, suffered badly. Despite the efforts of some well known editors and journalists, the magazine lost favour amongst its fans and they, like Rignall, departed for pastures new. Step in Paul Davies, who, within a few short months, was [... read more ...]

Super Play Issue 6 Digitally Archived

If you still haven’t read or even heard of the cult classic gaming magazine Super Play then hang your head in shame. Fortunately, you can redeem yourself by quickly reading up on the magazine’s history at Wikipedia, then the fantastic behind the scenes feature at Nintendo Life, then take a look at Richard Cobbett’s lookback at the classic mag, and check out all the previous [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer Issue 95

Classic video game anniversaries seem to be popping up all over the place these days, and with issue 95 of Retro Gamer, the guys have gone Bubble Bobble crazy as the arcade hit celebrates its 25th. This includes a look at the original arcade classic as well as the various ports and sequels. Other main attractions include the Collector’s Guide: ZX Spectrum, The History Of [... read more ...]

The original GameFan magazine now available in digital format

The original GameFan magazine, initially known as Diehard GameFan, was first launched in 1992 with the October 1992 issue. Led by editor-in-chief, Dave Halverson, the multi-format magazine quickly gained a well founded reputation for championing the lesser known genres, the obscure or underrated games, as well as having a good dose of import content – something which other mags seemed to shy away from. Then [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 2 digitally archived

It’s quite rare to find any Sega Master System coverage in magazines online, so it’s all the more welcome to have another fine Sega Pro issue digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Although there are some fine Mega Drive games covered in this issue from December 1991 – James Pond II, F-22 Interceptor and Decap Attack to name just three – the Master System was [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 94

LucasArt’s seminal adventure game, Maniac Mansion, takes centre stage with a Making Of… feature and quite rightly so – there needs to be more adventure gaming taking the spotlight in RG. Elsewhere, there is a feature on Capcom’s Vs crossover series, the top 25 original GBA games list, a look at Amiga 16-bit graphics, Classic Game: Trashman, From The Archives: Atari Corporation and A Moment [... read more ...]

RetroManiac issue 4

We instantly recognised the talent in this publication when we reviewed the premier issue back in Septmber 2010 and now the fourth issue of the fantastic Spanish retrogaming magazine RetroManiac has been released. As usual expect quality reviews and articles on the greatest classic games and new games with a retro theme all laid out in glorious designed PDF ezine. This issue, the RetroManiac team [... read more ...]