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Video Game Review – Vade Retro on the Spectrum 48K/128K

3 March 2016 1:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dave Edwards reviews Vade Retro on the Spectrum 48K/128K…

If you’re an evil sorcerer with the power to zombify at will, you probably think the town’s blacksmith isn’t going to give you a lot of trouble. That’s what Senor Delcram thought anyway when he started throwing his orb around zombifying the eastland inhabitants of Ye Olde Dysarlyn. He was wrong in a big way. Like a cross between Clint Eastwood and Steven Seagal, the town’s blacksmith forced Delcram into a seriously quick retreat.

The blacksmith returned to his quiet life assuming the adventure was over – but no, not quite. Delcram is, apparently, back. In Vade Retro, you become Eshur the blacksmith. Your task: Get your sword back, anoint it with poison, collect a few skulls for good luck, find Delcram and finish what you started.

And so begins a rather nice “old school” platform »

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Video Game Review – Top Top

24 February 2016 8:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

CPCRetroDev 2015 introduced a plethora of brand new Amstrad games into its public domain libraries and its Gold and Silver finalists, Space Moves and Frogalot, have been highly praised. Dave Edwards turns his monocle towards Top Top, which took the Bronze…

Amstrad owners/fans are probably as well catered for these days as Spectrum ones but, as far as I know, Spectrum games creators don’t have the chance to win 900 Euros for indulging their creativity. The now annual CPCRetroDev, however, gives Amstrad coders that very chance – and last year, no less than 36 new Amstrad games competed for the cash and the winner’s trophy.

Top Top by Rantan Games eventually charted third, which means the judges rated it better than 33 other games. For a Public Domain release, it comes with some slick production too – a nice anime-style cover showing its protagonists Eira and Elric battling up a castle wall.

As you can see, »

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Video Game Review – Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition on Spectrum 48K

29 January 2016 2:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dave Edwards reviews Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition…

In the boardroom of Dave Edwards, the creators of this nightmare are all fired.

It seems that people never tire of playing, or talking about, the game Jet Set Willy. There are hundreds of versions of it for hundreds of machines – and now there’s one more: Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition. It’s for the original Spectrum 48K, it’s been over a year in the making and right off the bat I must confess this is the most terrible version of Jet Set Willy I have ever played.

Firstly, in all fairness to the Jet Set Willy/Manic Miner Community, who have produced this nightmare, let me explain exactly what it is that they have done. They have taken the classic Jet Set Willy – the game all thirty-somethings played in their youth – and they have edited it, ramping up the difficulty. »

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