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Back to the Future 2 (1990)
Commodore 64


Publisher Spotlight

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Firebird was the first computer game label to be set up at Telecomsoft. It had earlier been christened Firefly Software, but was then renamed by James Leavey, shortly after he arrived from mainstream BT to take over as the label's marketing and PR manager. Leavey did this because he found that the original name was not fully protected.

Two price points were initially established: Firebird Silver would release budget titles priced at 2.50 whereas Firebird Gold would release more prestigious titles at 5.95. The Firebird label was aimed squarely at a teenage market, hoping to entice young spenders to invest their pocket money in good quality, low-priced games rather than records and comics.

Firebird's success allowed them to acquire a number of third party developers and they also established a deal with Ultimate Play The Game, whereby they would convert and publish a number of their successful ZX Spectrum games to the Commodore 64.




Latest Downloads


TitlePlatform
180Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Mercenary: Escape from TargCommodore 64
Accolades ComicsCommodore 64
Psi ChessSinclair ZX Spectrum
InfiltratorSinclair ZX Spectrum
Yie Ar Kung Fu 2Sinclair ZX Spectrum
CybernoidCommodore 64
Defender of the CrownCommodore 64
Joe BladeSinclair ZX Spectrum
Predator 2Sinclair ZX Spectrum

News

Floppy Days episode #77 out now

Floppy Days is an English podcast about Retro computers. This episode is the final part of a multi-part series covering the Commodore VIC-20. Earlier episodes covered the history of the machine and pulling the machine out of the box and starting to use it.

Randy Kindig talks with Jeff Salzman and Todd George who co-host. Visit the Floppy Days website here to listen to the podcast!13 October 2017

YAPE 1.1.3 released

A new version of YAPE is available. YAPE is a Windows emulator for the Commodore Plus/4. The changes in this release are: Commodore 264 prototype, unlimited frame rate option, improvements for keyboard, TED and D64. 16 June 2017

Sega Dreamcast: The Collected Works

The Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works Kickstarter has amassed 155% of their funding goal, assuring that the book will be published and then some. Published by Read-Only Memory and officially SEGA licensed, the book is a followup to the excellent SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works. Since we last reported on Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works, some new details have been revealed. Having passed their funding goal and then some, backers can expect more than originally promised in terms of content. A backer update assured that the book will exceed the predicted 300 pages and Dreamcast case and controller production drawings will now appear as fold outs.

More information on special edition versions of the book, which highlight classic Dreamcast games including Jet Set Radio, Phantasy Star Online and Shenmue, was also given. Backers who choose the special edition tier can expect official Dreamcast typography screen printed onto a handmade, cloth bound and color paper lined box. It sounds like Read-Only Memory is putting a lot of work into color matching, as it is stated if they have to manufacture custom cloth colors, they will.

If you like what you see, check out the Kickstarter page and consider backing.08 October 2017

Spectrum Next update

A rather large update appeared on the ZX Spectrum Next Kickstarter page late Sunday evening. Updating all backers on where they are currently up to regarding production, the case and inner workings of the upcoming machine which will proudly bear the name of Sinclair.

With the initial production delayed, originally delivery was set for August for just the boards, now things have begun to move along again as the components required have been delivered. The Next is now ready to have it’s molds produced - the update reveals that both case and keyboard will be completed by two separate companies. The castings in China and then it will be shipped to the UK for plastic injection. The Next team say “We’re hoping to see the Next full case in the flesh in a couple of months, and I’m sure we speak for all the backers when we say we can’t wait to see it!”.

Both the Next Manual, which is being produced by Phoebus, is currently under way and the last of the Dev Kits (issue 2) have been issued – 30 in total – with the hope that this will boost the software for when the Next arrives. Another set of boards (Issue 2A) are currently in development – 30 of – to again bring more developers on board to increase the software for the machine on launch. Finally the last part of the update concentrates on showing Victor Trucco and his work behind the scenes, working with the Internet software for the ZX Spectrum Next.

Visit the Kickstarter page for more information.08 October 2017

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