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 ...]

Abandoned Times Magazine issue 2

It’s been a long time since the first issue of Abandoned Times Magazine was released – May 2009, in fact – but the second issue is finally here. One of Abandonia‘s side projects, Abandoned Times Magazine is a zine produced by volunteers of the gaming website with articles and interviews on one of the most underrated gaming platforms: the PC. This issue is a special [... read more ...]

X-Com UFO Defense from Enemy Unknown

With the upcoming release of the FPS Reboot of X-Com straying further away from the franchises’ origins than humnly thought possible, we look back at the first, and best, game in the series… It’s hard to admit to myself that my all time favourite game of 20 years, Laser Squad, may well have been perched from its lofty heights in gaming status. When I first [... read more ...]

PC Player: the official digital archive

The PC has been the master of the FPS, adventure and strategy genres for over a decade with some genre defining games along the way, so it’s little wonder that this author values the gaming platform so highly. There’s also very little in the way of PC gaming magazines digitally archived around the globe, so we at Out-of-Print Archive try to address that problem with [... read more ...]

Laser Squad Week: The Remakes

As we conclude our Laser Squad week, we take a look at some of the remakes that have been developed over the past few years… LaserSquad.org This is essentially a straight remake of the Spectrum version, but playable in your browser. All the original scenarios are here, including the expansion packs and ‘The Return to Moonbase’ homebrew scenario. It is a very accurate port and [... read more ...]

Laser Squad Week: The 16-bit Versions

Following our look at the 8-bit versions of Laser Squad – as part of our Laser Squad week special – we now take a look at the 16-bit versions of the game along with the videogaming magazine’s views at the time… Amiga/Atari ST (1990) Obviously, the 16-bit versions have notably better graphics, with full use of the respective machine’s colour and sprite capabilities. While not [... read more ...]

Stephen Marley talks Martian Gothic

Following up on our Martian Gothic article, we wanted to find out more about this underrated horror adventure and what better person to ask than Stephen Marley, the game’s script writer and designer? Retroaction: Looking at a selection of your novels (the Chia Black Dragon series, Managra and Dread Dominion), your work mainly focuses on sci-fi and fantasy. Can you give us a little insight [... read more ...]

Weird and Wonderful World of Retrogaming: Weird Dreams

When it comes to weird games you can’t get any weirder than the appropriately titled Weird Dreams. Developed by Herman Serrano, James Hutchby and Tony King of Rainbird Sofware for the PC in 1988, the game was ported to other formats including the Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64, with varying success. Weird Dreams features some of the most bizarre, outlandish scenarios and character enemies that a player could witness. The game’s plot follows on from a short novella,

Classic EA Games Get New Lease of Life at GOG.com

Good Old Games, the online digital service for classic PC titles, has struck up a deal with Electronic Arts to distribute 25 of the publisher’s back catalogue. Classic titles such as Dungeon Keeper, Ultima Underworld I + II and Wing Commander: Privateer are already available for a mere $5.99 with further titles being released in the near future. As expected, the best online digital games [... read more ...]

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 ...]

Golden Axe Myth released on PC

Golden Axe Myth is a PC Windows fanmade prequel to Sega’s classic side-scrolling brawler. The three main characters from the original classic – Ax Battler, Tyrus Flare and Gilius Thunderhead – are present along with a fourth surprise playable character. Their task: take on the evil that has crept into the Empire of the Joined Lands and retrieve the stolen Golden Axe. Based on the [... read more ...]

H.E.R.O. remade for PC

The classic Atari 2600 game H.E.R.O. (Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) has been remade on the PC Windows platform. Just like the original game, the player uses a helicopter backpack to enter an underground network of mines to rescue trapped victims, while fending off various creatures and clearing obstacles. This freeware fanmade remake attempts to recreate the Atari-XL version from scratch – there is no emulation [... read more ...]

Final version of Streets of Rage Remake released

You’ve probably seen the previews, seen the four-page article in Retro Gamer many moons ago, but only now has Bombergames released the completed version of Streets of Rage Remake. Eight years in the making, Streets of Rage Remake is, of course, a fitting tribute to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis side-scrolling beat-’em-up series. However, this simply isn’t a straight remake. Several additional stages have been created, [... read more ...]

King's Quest III Redux released on PC & Mac

AGD Interactive has released the eagerly anticipated adventure game King’s Quest III Redux on PC and Mac. The original King’s Quest III: To Heir Is Human was released on the Apple II and PC back in 1986 by Sierra Online and tells the story of a kidnapped boy called Gwydion, who escapes and travels back to his home town of Daventry to discover his origins. [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Speedball 2

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, to give its full title, is arguably the Bitmap Brothers’ most famous and best game. The game was released for many formats including the Amiga, Atari ST, Mega Drive, and even the C64. Taking the basic ideas behind the original Speedball, the Bitmap Brothers used the best parts of the first game and incorporated them with a whole host of new features for the sequel. [... read more ...]