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,

How to Cause A Complete Controversy: Stormlord

When Stormlord was originally released on the 8-bit computers back in 1989, there wasn’t so much of a murmur about the game’s ‘au naturale’ fairies. Sure, there were the odd childish sniggers from a few reviewers, but most just passed it off as nothing offensive – as it should have been. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that the game started receiving censorship and controversy.

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 ...]

Raiders of the Lost Arcades: Battle Lane Vol. 5!

[Continuing our reminiscence of Retroaction's launch two years ago, we take a look at the very first 'Raider of the Lost Arcades' article, which was first published in issue 1.] Arcade gaming used to be a staple diet for most gamers across the land, with such great innovative games like Space Harrier, OutRun, Operation Wolf and many more showing the way forward for computer and [... read more ...]

RetroManiac issue 2

We joyfully praised the launch of RetroManiac issue 1 a few months back and the team have now published issue 2. So, how does this issue fare? Well, the production qualities haven’t changed, which is good, as they are truly excelent. The team clearly have a designer who knows how to produce a finely balanced editorial/image production, taking advantage of the digital functions of the [... read more ...]

Digitising Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issue 1 for official release

To coincide with the “official” release of Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issue 1, as well as the UK’s 10th anniversary of the Mega Drive, we take a look at what went into digitizing this magazine. If you’re in the dark where “Mega Drive Advanced Gaming” (MAG from now on) and “official” releases are concerned then go check out Out-of-Print Archive’s interview with Hugh Gollner, the publisher/owner of Maverick Magazines [...]

Review: Classic Gamer Magazine vol 3 issue 1

We’ve had quite a few new retrogaming ezines released in the past few weeks. First there was Retromaniac (which we reviewed here, followed by Atari User (which we also looked at here, and now we a new issue of Classic Gamer Magazine. The last issue of Classic Gamer Magazine was released back in 2004. Six years is a long time, an eternity in retrogaming terms, [... read more ...]

Review: Atari User issue 1

Atari User have just launched their inaugural issue 1 (vol 1). No, not that Atari User, this Atari User, a brand new, completely different edition with the same name. However, just like the Atari User of old, this new ezine covers all things Atari, from the classic gaming consoles to the home computers, with the likes of news, features and reviews. Issue 1 of the [... 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… [...]

Controversy: How To Be A Complete Bastard

We continue our ‘How To Cause A Complete Controversy’ feature where we look back at the computer and video games that have caused outrage and controversy. This time, we, fittingly, look at the game that inspired this feature’s title and caused a lot of fuss in the letter’s pages of Amstrad Action… [...]

Back in Time: October 1985, Amstrad Action issue 1

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. So today, in a special edition of Back in Time, we take a look at the very first issue 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.

Amstrad Action All Time Top 10 Games

Amstrad Action, the first magazine from Future Publishing, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and to celebrate that fact we’re featuring articles all week specifically related to the Amstrad’s number one magazine. Following on from the tribute magazine, we publish, for the first time, Amstrad Action’s Top 10 Games of all time.

Making of... Amstrad Action tribute magazine

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 behind-the-scenes look at how the Amstrad Action tribute issue was produced. [...]