Retroaction issue 3

Sep 142009

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  • On the Cutting Edge of Sci Fi Adventuring: Blade Runner.
  • Ghostbusters: Through the Ages.  With Ghostbusters getting a current-gen update, we thought this was the perfect time to look back at the various games, ports, remakes, and sequels.
  • Retrozines: Retrogaming enthusiasts have been creating their own zine publications for over 20 years. We racked our memories and hunted around the ‘net to find out more.
  • Twilight of the Spectrum. We continue our trek through the Spectrum’s twilight years in Eastern Europe.
  • Computer Warrior. Further adventures of the Computer Warrior comic strip, from the 1980s Eagle comic, where gamers discover how to play computer games within the computer’s realm.
  • Atari STE: What Could Have Been. We look at the history of the Atari STE and think of what could have been Atari’s resurgence in the 16-bit computer market.


  • Louis Castle. We talked to Louis Castle about everything Blade Runner, and how it all came to be.
  • Tom Livak. A special preview / interview with Tom Livak on his NES game GemVenture.
  • Clyde “Mato” Mandelin. We speak to lead translator, Clyde Mandelin (a.k.a. Tomato, or just Mato), about the epic Mother translating projects.
  • Mukunda “eKid” Johnson. We caught up with Mukunda Johnson to discuss his PDROMs compo winning SNES game Skipp and Friends as well as his other projects.


  • Retroscene. The latest happenings in the world of retrogaming.
  • Emulator Profile: STEEM. Often cited as the emulator of choice for Atari ST gamers, and with good reason.
  • Retro Respect: Magic: The Gathering. 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.
  • Killer App: F-Zero. 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.
  • Raiders of the Lost Arcades: Aliens vs. Predator. 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: Defender of the Crown. Cinemaware’s classic arcade strategy gets the Retro Respect treatment.
  • How to Cause a Complete Controversy: Revenge of General Custor. Forget the GTAs and Manhunts; games were causing controversy from as far back as the 8-bit days. We look at the controversy that surrounded these games.
  • Retro Respect: RoboWarrior. The underrated NES game gets our overdue respect.
  • The Weird and Wonderful World of Retrogaming: UnSensible World of Cannon Moon Soccer Meets Bulldog Blighty. 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.


  • Skipp and Friends (SNES)
  • Gommy: Midievel Defender (ZX Spectrum)
  • Knight Lore (MSX2)
  • Knight ‘n’ Grail (C64)
  • Kuiper Pursuit (ZX Spectrum)
  • Nanako in Classic Japanese Monster Castle (Amstrad CPC)
  • La Corona Encantada (MSX, ZX Spectrum)
  • Biniax 2 (ZX Spectrum)
  • r0x (Atari STE)
  • Infection (C64)
  • Sudoku Master (Amstrad CPC)
  • Legion of the Damned 2 (C64)
  • Kung Fu II (PC Windows)
  • BIOHELL (ZX Spectrum)
  • The Push (C64)
  • Kuiper Pursuit (ZX Spectrum)
  • International Soccer (PC Windows)
  • Shift (MSX2)
  • Poomania (GBA)
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