Retroaction issue 2

May 122009
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  • Building Classics. We take a look at one of the most successful game engines ever, including the many games developed for it.
  • The Retr0brite Project. Are your old computers and consoles looking “not-so-mellow yellow”? Then read our Retr0brite feature where we explain how to deal with this problem.
  • Retromags. Want to re-live old retrogaming nostalgia or discover old publications that you didn’t read first time around? Then join us as we bring details of some of the most popular magazines of olde.
  • Twilight of the Spectrum. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum didn’t really disappear in the early 1990s. As we explain, in this first part of a huge Spectrum retrospective, Europe enjoyed many years of rubber-keyed gaming…
  • MAME: Emulator Profile. Often referred to as the best arcade emulator and most recognisable names in the emulation world. We tell you why, while examining the history, the software, and some of the better known games.
  • Computer Warrior, Part 2. Memoirs of the Computer Warrior comic strip, from the 1980s Eagle comic, where gamers discover how to play computer games within the computer’s realm.


  • Ken Silverman. We talked to Ken Silverman, the creator of the Build engine, about the development of said engine and the games that have appeared on it.
  • Simon Ullyatt. We managed to corner indie publisher Simon Ullyatt, and chat with him about Cronosoft, new games on old machines, bedroom coding and obscure 8-bit micros.
  • Mort. The retro magazine scanner king gives us a moment to speak about his scans, the DVDs, his current projects and future plans.


  • Retroscene. The latest happenings in the world of retrogaming.
  • Retro Respect: Hexen. We’ve all missed a classic during our time (I know I have). This is where we pay respects to the forgotten classics, the misunderstood, and the underdogs.
  • GamesMaster Lookback, episode 2. Lookback at an episode of the classic GamesMaster television show. The challenges, the games, the celebrities, the journalist commentators, and Dominik.
  • Raiders of the Lost Arcades: X-Men: Children of the Atom. Unfortunately, the arcade is becoming extinct as a gaming platform, so we take a trek back through time to relive some of the arcades’ greatest and underrated games.
  • Retro Respect: Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday. SSI’s Tactical RPG gets the Retro Respect treatment.
  • Killer App: Killer Instinct Gold. These are the games that are so outstanding that you would buy the system just to play that game. The essential games that every retro gamer should play.
  • How to Cause a Complete Controversy: Night Trap. Forget the GTAs and Manhunts of the new generation of consoles; games were causing controversy from as far back as the 8-bit days. Here we look at the controversy that surrounded these games.
  • Retro Respect: Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. We pay respect to one of the Famicom’s best Disk System game.
  • The Weird and Wonderful World of Retrogaming: Traffic. There have been some truly strange games, demos, and cover disks released in the heyday of retrogaming. This is where we dig up some of these weird and daft creations.


  • Rock Boshers (windows)
  • BeTiled! (Amstrad CPC)
  • Legion of the Damned (C64)
  • Phantomas Tales #1: Marsport (Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum)
  • K.O. Cruiser (Atari 2600)
  • W*H*B (ZX Spectrum)
  • Star Sabre 128K (Amstrad CPC)
  • Captain S (windows)
  • Deathchase (Dragon 32, Tandy CoCo)
  • Frogger (ZX Spectrum)
  • Nanako Descends to Hell (Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum)
  • I Need Speed (ZX Spectrum, MSX)
  • Giddy 3 (Windows)
  • Danger Tower (MSX)
  • Sort’em (Amstrad CPC)
  • Banger Management (ZX Spectrum)
  • Deep Dungeon (MSX)
  • Horace Goes Skiing (Windows)
  • Eternal Light (Amstrad CPC)
  • Supaplex (ZX Spectrum)
  • SEUD (ZX Spectrum)
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