Jet Set Willy I & II (Software Projects, 1984 & 1985) – REVIEW

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Jet Set Willy is a platform video game written by Matthew Smith, originally for the ZX Spectrum. Published in 1984 by Software Projects. It was highly successful and ‘ported’ to most 8-bit home computers of the time.

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is an updated version of the game released in 1985 by Software Projects on the majority of the 8-bit home computers. It was developed by Derrick P. Rowson.

In this review we will be looking at both ‘Jet Set Willy’ and its semi-sequel ‘Jet Set Willy II’ together, as the games are so closely related. ‘Jet Set Willy’ was itself a sequel to the seminal ‘Manic Miner’ published in 1983 and is regarded as an example of a key point in the development of the platform genre.

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Android TV and Retro Gaming – REVIEW

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There has been a lot in the media and industry news recently about Android TV, which is the big new feature in the 2015 line-up of new TVs from Sony and Philips. But what does it have to offer the retro gamer?

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Windows 10 and Retro Gaming – REVIEW

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Well we can now finally wave goodbye to Windows 8/8.1 as 10 is now available to download for most users of 7 or 8/8.1 (and it’s free!). For me, and I suspect many others, this is a blessing as whilst I liked the speed of 8/8.1 it was conceptually a real mess.. ..trying to integrate both tablet and desktop features and not really succeeding fully at either.

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Sabre Wulf (Ultimate, 1984) – REVIEW

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I hinted in our Mire Mare‘ retrospective that I would get round to reviewing where the Sabreman series started from.. ..and well here we are. ‘Sabre Wulf‘ was originally an 8-bit computer video game developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in 1984 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

It is the first in the Sabreman series and was written by Tim and Chris Stamper; later being ported to many other computer platforms. In 2004 a new ‘Sabre Wulf game, with completely different game play, was released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. However, in this review I am going to concentrate on the original ZX Spectrum incarnation.

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Manic Miner (Bug-Byte, 1983) – REVIEW

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As the results of the General Election are coming in now here in the UK I was trying to think of a classic game to review that was related to politics.. the end I couldn’t. There are loads which relate to war, but none (that are any good) to politics, particularly those of the UK. So, as I was reflecting on what has happened politically during my lifetime my thoughts turned to the miners strikes in the mid 80’s and my decision was made.. ..there was only one game to talk about today – the seminal ‘Manic Miner‘!

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Mazogs (Bug-Byte, 1982) – REVIEW

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Mazogs’ starts our reviews of games for the Sinclair ZX81. This was one of the best and most critically acclaimed for the system, so this will be fairly brief. I remember excitedly picking this up on a Saturday in Redditch Shopping Centre, Autumn 1982.. ..anticipation was high as my mate had been going on about how good it was.

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