Captain Disaster Demo

The demo of our retro comedy sci-fi adventure game, Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots is out now!

Captain Disaster Demo

See also the game's Development Blog




Monday, 17 February 2014

Silmarils Collection

Now this is a real treat for retro gamers - 16 games including all three Ishar titles!  This little lot in The Silmarils Collection - for a cent under ten dollars - will keep you going for many hours.

Starblade - I remember playing the demo of this on the Atari ST many years ago...
And of this one - Colorado.
Sadly I never did get round to playing the Ishar games... :-(

Games Included
Arcade - Boston Bomb Club, Bunny Bricks, Wind Surf Willy 
Adventure - Colorado, Maya, Metal Mutant, StarBlade, Targhan 
Strategy - Deus, Robinson’s Requiem, Storm Master, Transartica 
RPGs - Crystals of Arborea, Ishar I, II and III



Available from Shiny Loot.

Friday, 15 November 2013

My Top 50 Atari ST Games

These are in no particular order, obviously every list is entirely subjective and I’m not going to pretend that my list is anything like a “Definitive” Top 50 Atari ST games list, just the 50 games I remember most fondly - so really, for "My Top 50 Atari ST Games" read "My personal favourite 50 Atari ST games".  Also I realise that some of the games could easily represent more than one of the genres I’ve listed here, and some – like Hostages – are pretty much indefinable.  So some of the classifications are a little arbitrary as I had to put them somewhere!

Anyway, for those who like me owned an ST in their childhood and still remember it with much fondness, I hope you get a nice nostalgic feeling from looking down the list at some of the games you probably remember too.  Only a handful - Dynabusters+, Sleepwalker and Obsession - were STE-only, unless I'm much mistaken. 


Racing Games
·         Supersprint
·         Formula One Grand Prix
·         Stunt Car Racer
·         Supercars
·         Lotus Turbo Challenge 2
·         Enduro Racer


Sports Games
·         The Games: Summer Edition
·         Kick Off 2
·         Disc
·         Speedball 2
·         Player Manager
·         Passing Shot
·         World Class Rugby


Role-Playing Games
·         Dungeon Master
·         Pirates!
·         Hostages


Adventure Games
·         The Secret of Monkey Island
·         Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders


Shoot ‘em Ups
·         Xenon 2
·         Llammatron


Strategy Games
·         Populous
·         Carrier Command
·         Civilisation
·         Defender of the Crown
·         Mega Lo Mania
·         Millennium 2.2
·         Railroad Tycoon
·         North and South


Platformers
·         Sleepwalker
·         HERO 2
·         Rainbow Islands
·         Rick Dangerous
·         Rick Dangerous 2


Puzzle Games
·         Lemmings
·         Head Over Heels

Arcade Games
·         Rolling Thunder
·         IK+
·         Pang!
·         Switchblade
·         Turrican 2
·         Dynabusters+
·         Bio Challenge
·         Gauntlet 2
·         Skullduggery


Pinball Games
·         Obsession


3D Space Exploration / Combat / Trading
·         Elite
·         Elite 2: Frontier
·         Starglider 2


Breakout Games
·         Arkanoid




Thursday, 14 November 2013

Platform 2013 attracts the world’s biggest names in the gaming business

Platform 2013 is promising its best ever line-up, with major international players descending on Hull city centre.


The gaming and content creation expo, now in its fourth year, takes place on November 15/16 and will feature Google, Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft as well as a host of games experts, games studios, tournaments, workshops and exhibitors. It takes place just days before the winner of UK City of Culture is announced, of which Hull is a finalist.

Lindsay West, organiser of the Platform Initiative and joint managing director of Hull-based Garthwest Ltd, said that the expo was putting Hull on the map nationally and internationally. “The aim of Platform is to encourage and help young people to forge careers and start businesses in gaming and content creation.

“We want to create a significant sector in the Humber and retain our talent. It is a massive and growing area of business that we can be part of if we put everything in place to take advantage of what it has to offer.” 

Exhibitors include local indie games developers alongside some of the biggest names in gaming such as Marmalade Game Studio, which made Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light; Square Enix responsible for the Final Fantasy Series; and Konami, one of the world’s largest gaming companies responsible for many of the best known games including Castlevania, Contra and Gradius.

For Fifa, Minecraft, Gears of War and Call of Duty fans, there will competitive tournaments, which can be signed up for at the event.

FyreUK, one of the world’s leading experts in Minecraft will be showcasing its latest work to be viewed on the big screen.

Speakers over the two-day expo cover varied subjects such as how to run a film studio, voice production in video games and introduction to programming. Ade Oshineye from Google will talk about Google+ for games and apps, and his colleague Jake Archibald on making games for Google Chrome. Richard Adams from Microsoft will cover developing for the Xbox. Carla Prada, head of Microsoft’s Soho Studios will discuss the running of a successful gaming studio and Pete Smith of Sony Computer Entertainment’s XDev Studios will outline how to successfully take a product to market.

Workshops on Friday November 15 will be delivered by the University of Hull, Hull School of Art and Design, Hull College and Grimsby Institute, and include hardware interfacing with Raspberry Pi, introduction to gaming music and character drawing, and the use of Oculus Rift.

For retro gaming enthusiasts, Replay Events is hosting an '80s classroom at the Guildhall, which will be kitted out with BBC Micros, as well as a Retro Replay Lounge featuring retro consoles with knockout tournaments on classic titles.

Mr West added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Hull City Council for helping to make sure the event happened this year and to our sponsors KC, World Trade Centre Hull & Humber and Garthwest.”

The event takes place at key venues in the city centre including Hull City Hall, Ferens Art Gallery, the Guildhall and Hull College. The event runs from 10am – 5pm each day.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Video - "Cool World" for NES

Not in English, but you can see the gameplay easily enough - looks like a fun game.

Monday, 29 April 2013

King's Quest VI - The Perils of Rosella remake - DEMO RELEASED!

You know that KQIV remake I keep posting screenshots of?  Well, now they've released a playable demo.  Grab it here.

Monday, 1 April 2013

NeoGeo X

Well, this isn't exactly retro, but I hadn't seen anything about this before... interesting news!



In reference to the NeoGeo X, I have received the following press release:


Amplitude Studios announces the development of 
Endless Space - Wings of Freedom for Neo Geo X

Haarlem, The Netherlands – April 1st 2013 - Video games developer Amplitude Studios is proud to announce the development of the firstNeo Geo X exclusive title: Endless Space – Wings of Freedom. This Endless Space spin-off will offer a brand new 2D horizontal shoot’em up experience to all Neo Geo X players. Dedicated to involving the gamers in the creation of their games, Amplitude Studios is once again inviting the community to follow and discuss the creation of its latest effort.
 

Amplitude CEO Mathieu Girard says: “We are all big fans of the SNK platforms here at Amplitude Studios, and we have always dreamt of creating something unique for the Neo Geo. The release of the Neo Geo X seemed like the perfect opportunity to make that dream come true. We know shoot‘em up fans have high standards of quality and we aim to live up to them. We’re very excited to bring the Endless Space universe to a new type of player, and we hope that success could even lead to a collector AES version of the game.

Background story for ‘Endless Space – Wings of Freedom’:
Science has always believed that at any galactic core sits a black hole of tremendous size and density. Following a trail of Endless ruins, based on map fragments found on a lunar temple, a Pilgrim exploration group  is about to discover that this may not be the case... Hopping from planet to planet and system to system, the fleet must fight off increasingly large and powerful waves of automated defenders bent on preventing them from unveiling the truth.
Challenges and questions await the player as they drive toward the core: What secrets are the Endless hiding? What treasures – or horrors – lie in wait? How long can my thumbs keep this up? 
 
Features of ‘Endless Space – Wings of Freedom’:
1-2 Player old school 2D arcade action
4 different ships with their own weapons and playstyles
Level, skill and power-up system inspired by RPGs
Arcade, Boss, Endless Survival and 2P Versus modes
Specific 16/9 and 4/3 modes
Chiptune music by FlyByNo
 

About Amplitude Studios
Amplitude Studios is an independent gathering of experienced video game lovers (and developers) with a single goal: create the best strategy games! Based in Paris, the studio boasts an international team that has worked all over the world. Developer credits include franchises such as Battlefield, Rayman, XIII, R.U.S.E., Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Call of Juarez, Might & Magic Heroes, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes, and others. Endless Space, a critically acclaimed 4X turn-based strategy game covering the space colonization age, was the first game from Amplitude Studios. Working closely for years with players to share, discuss or compare ideas, the team is bringing the idea of community one step further with GAMES2GETHER, a new way for players around the world to participate in the creation of a video game! Read more at http://www.amplitude-studios.com.
 
About Iceberg Interactive
Iceberg Interactive is an independent video game publisher founded in 2009 by an international group of games industry veterans and is located in Haarlem, The Netherlands. While keeping its roots in the European retail games market, Iceberg has rapidly increased its focus towards the global digital games market, by building strong direct relationships with dozens of Game Portals. Staffed with avid gamers, Iceberg works closely with an international assembly of game developers, both midsize and indie. With a distinct focus on the strategy, action, simulation and adventure game genres, the company has garnered attention with acclaimed releases including Killing Floor,StarDrive,  Wings of PreyAPB Reloaded and Endless Space among its 50+ game arsenal - with more promising games in the pipeline.