Amstrad Action: History in the Making

[Amstrad Action, the first magazine from Future Publishing, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and to celebrate that fact we will feature articles all week specifically related to the Amstrad’s number one magazine. Today, we take a nostalgic trip back through the magazine’s history.] Amstrad Action was without doubt the most successful and popular magazine in its field, giving Future Publishing the success to launch [... read more ...]

Review: RetroManiac issue 1

Hearing about and reading RetoManiac was like a rollercoaster for us. First we were up with the excellent points of this new ezine, the next, we were zooming back down with some of the lesser good points. Let us explain ourselves here… First things first, RetroManiac is a new Spanish retrogaming ezine, produced in glorious PDF and available to download for free. It contains some [... read more ...]

Twilight of the Spectrum: Dizzy Clones

[Richard Tarjan continues his journey through the Spectrum’s twilight years to tell us that there was, and still is, a thriving homebrew scene after the platform’s commercial demise. In previous editions (issue’s 2 & 3), we touched on the subject of new generation games, making and distributing of new software. In this edition we take a look at Dizzy clones… ] Presented by Richard Tarjan What [... read more ...]

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. [...]

Retroaction World Cup of Soccer games: the final

With the quarter finals and semi finals of Retroaction’s World Cup of soccer games already by us, it’s now time for the final. The eventual winner may have been a foregone conclusion for many, but it must be said that the runner-up gave a good game. For the final time, and in a particular order this time, here are the runner-up and winner of our World Cup of Soccer Games 2010…

Retroaction World Cup of Soccer Games: Semi Finals

We’ve already presented our results of the Retroaction World Cup of Soccer Games quarter finals, so it’s now time for the semi finals. Again, we also picked out our outstanding player award for each game – basically, what we think is the best version of that game. So in no particular order, here are the games that reached our semi finals…

Retroaction World Cup of Soccer Games: Quarter Finals

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup well underway, we thought we would have our own little World Cup of soccer games tournament. We discussed – nay, argued – for what seemed like days to what was the best eight football (aka soccer) video games in existence. [...]

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 ...]

Raiders of the Lost Arcades: Shinobi

Whenever I think of Shinobi, I think of freshly cooked chips with salt and vinegar. Why? Well, pull up a chair as this goes back a few years to my schooldays. During our lunch break, one of my friends and I would race down to the local fish and chip shop to play this game before any one else could. The game made that much [... read more ...]