Jul 292011
 
PC Player: the official digital archive

The PC has been the master of the FPS, adventure and strategy genres for over a decade with some genre defining games along the way, so it’s little wonder that this author values the gaming platform so highly. There’s also very little in the way of PC gaming magazines digitally archived around the globe, so

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Phantomasa 3: Fundamentally Loathsome released on ZX Spectrum

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Jul 282011
 
Phantomasa 3: Fundamentally Loathsome released on ZX Spectrum

Much like their most enduring games series and character, Phantomasa, The Mojon Twins are back releasing new games on the faithful ZX Spectrum with the third in the aforementioned game series: Phantomasa 3 – Fundamentally Loathsome. And it wouldn’t be a Mojon Twins’ game without a deliciously bizarre plot which involves a robot Phantomasa in

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Jul 222011
 
Laser Squad Week: The Remakes

As we conclude our Laser Squad week, we take a look at some of the remakes that have been developed over the past few years… LaserSquad.org This is essentially a straight remake of the Spectrum version, but playable in your browser. All the original scenarios are here, including the expansion packs and ‘The Return to

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Retro Gamer issue 91

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Jul 222011
 
Retro Gamer issue 91

With all the Laser Squad excitement at the moment, we almost forgot about the latest issue of Retro Gamer. Rather than put up the usual news post about the thing, though, we thought we would write up a mini review of the more interesting features. It’s a classic Crash/Zzap!64 style cover as Oli Frey supplies

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Jul 212011
 
Laser Squad Week: The Homebrew Missions

As we continue our Laser Squad week, we take a look at the homebrew missions that have been developed for the Spectrum… Those resourceful chaps from Russia have only created their very own scenarios for Laser Squad. 13 extra missions are known to exist, saved as mere Z80 files which can be loaded as a

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Laser Squad Week: The 16-bit Versions

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Jul 202011
 
Laser Squad Week: The 16-bit Versions

Following our look at the 8-bit versions of Laser Squad – as part of our Laser Squad week special – we now take a look at the 16-bit versions of the game along with the videogaming magazine’s views at the time… Amiga/Atari ST (1990) Obviously, the 16-bit versions have notably better graphics, with full use

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Jul 192011
 
Laser Squad Week: The 8-bit Versions

Following our retrospective intro, we continue our Laser Squad week by looking at the 8-bit versions of the game and the videogaming magazine’s views at the time… ZX Spectrum (1988) The original, as mentioned, is a fine game with minimalist aesthetics. While the graphics may well be monochrome, they are functional and suffer no colour

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Laser Squad Retrospective

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Jul 182011
 
Laser Squad Retrospective

With Laser Squad being one of my all time favourite games it was inevitable that I would revisit the game. With issue 5 of Retroaction put on definite hold, the planned ‘mega article’ on the game can now be published in a week long special of Laser Squad articles, starting with a look at the

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Rebelstar: Tactical Command RETROspective

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Jul 172011
 
Rebelstar: Tactical Command RETROspective

“The Game Boy Advance was, and still is, a fantastic machine for retrogaming enthusiasts. The hardware architecture of the machine meant that developers could easily bring classic games from the 16-bit era bang up to date with remakes, updates and reboots. While this was all fantastic, gamers shouldn’t forget that there are also some excellent

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Back in Time: July 1991

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Jul 092011
 
Back in Time: July 1991

The early 1990s was a time when the consoles really began to make inroads on the computer domination on the UK gaming scene and this was amplified with the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Mega Drive. This is the time where our July 1991 Back in Time article focuses on this

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