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 ...]

Retro (Dis)Respect: Last Ninja 2

Amstrad Action, the first magazine from Future Publishing, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and to celebrate that fact, we’re featuring articles specifically related to the Amstrad’s number one magazine all week. Today, we take a look at one of the two high profile games that famously didn’t make the ‘Action Test’ section of Amstrad Action… [...]

Retro Respect: Rick Dangerous 2

Amstrad Action, the first magazine from Future Publishing, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and to celebrate that fact, we’re featuring articles specifically related to the Amstrad’s number one magazine all week. Already this week, we’ve looked at AA’s top ten games of all time. So today, we take a look at that highest rated game of all time.

Retro Respect: Assault Suits Valken

Known as Cybernator when released in the Western world, Assault Suits Valken was released in 1992 on the Super Famicom, and is the prequel (in story) to the Mega Drive game Assault Suit Leynos (a.k.a. Target Earth). The series was a great success in Japan but in the west it failed to gain mass appeal. [...]

Retro Respect: Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

It’s been a sad week for the entertainment industry, and indeed the whole world, with the sad passing of Michael Jackson. Paying tribute to MJ, thousands of fans purchased his albums and singles, with most of them re-entering the charts – his Number Ones album has topped the Offical UK Album Chart. Ashamedly, I don’t own any of his albums – I was never really [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Turrican

There is a legend that there once lived a three-headed beast called Morgul. This Morgul was once the cause of all the nightmares for mankind. For some time now people have again been tormented by nightmares, hardly anyone dares to set a foot outside and there is a dreadful fear that Morgul has returned.As the only man on Earth who’s courage has not yet deserted [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Cyborg Justice

Once in a while a game comes along that, while being quite obscure, is also quite good. So what is good about Cyborg Justice? And what is obscure about it?The plot of the main game goes something like this: while flying by a planet, your spacecraft loses control and crash-lands on the surface. While your body lies shattered, an alien implants your consciousness into a [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Syndicate

Civilisation has fallen into the hands of syndicates, who each control several countries of the world. Your mission is to take over the whole world by defeating the other syndicates. This is achieved by taking people from the streets and converting them to your cause with a conveniently placed chip to the back of the neck. You can now control these new recruits via satellite. [... read more ...]

Retro Respect: Laser Squad

I still remember how I came about acquiring Laser Squad. I had joined one of those software companies with a special introduction. You know the one: join now for only £10 and receive five free games, or something. Anyway the condition was that you had to buy at least one game per month for the year. I remember not bothering one month and a package [... read more ...]