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Donkey Kong (1986)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Game Spotlight

Light Force (1986)
Faster Than Light (FTL)
Lightforce is the first release from the new Gargoyle label, Faster Than Light, and it's a shoot 'em up. Remember Imagine's Arcadia? Well, this is the same thing three years on, with the addition of vertical scrolling and super-large characters. You start the game in an asteroid shower, which should warn you that things can only get worse. Your simple choice is to dodge them or blast them. The way to survive is a combination of these two, which should get you through to the first alien craft. You then have to score multiple hits on its control chambers if you want an extra life. ...    
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Historic Game Chart

PCG Soft Hits, January 1984
Pos Game Title Publisher Spc Vic C64 Bbc Drg Orc
2Miner 2049erBig Five
3FroggerSierra Online
5Zork IIInfocom
6Zork IIIInfocom
7Temple of ApshaiEpyx
8Zork IInfocom
11Snooper Troops #1Spinnaker
13Apple PanicBroderbund
14Snooper Troops #2Spinnaker
15Castle WolfensteinMuse
16Miner 2049erMicro Lab
17Ulysses & the Golden FleeceSierra Online
19Dig DugAtari
21Flight SimulatorSubLogic
22B-1 Nuclear BomberAvalon Hill
23Flight SimulatorMicrosoft
25Shamus: Case IISynapse
26Jump ManEpyx
27Sargon IIHayden
28Donkey KongAtari
29Fort ApocalypseSynapse
30PreppieAdventure Int'l
31Sea DragonAdventure Int'l
35CrossfireSierra Online
39Pharaoh's CurseSynapse
40Spy's DemisePenguin
42Knight of DiamondsSir-Tech
43Final OrbitSirius
44VCAvalon Hill
45Way OutSirius
46Wizard of WorRoklan
47Mask of the SunUltrasoft
49Canyon ClimberDatasoft
50Ali Baba & the Forty ThievesQuality


Panic! Dizzy Oliver Twins new title smashes Kickstarter goal

Panic! Dizzy - A 'new' old game by The Oliver Twins smashes Kickstarter goal!

After raising an incredible £20,780 thanks to backers, the latest Kickstarter for Panic! Dizzy; A 'new' old NES game by The Oliver Twins that has been lost and found in The Oliver Twins attic, is now a massive success.15 March 2019

New Bruce Lee title for C64

Return of Fury is a continuation of the original game Bruce Lee, developed by DataSoft Inc, in 1984.

It features all of the classic gameplay, but now in a brand new world. The improvements were made by Vidar Bang, Rune Spaans, Anders Rodahl, Kåre Johansen, Roy Widding, Andrew Fisher, Vinny Mainolfi, Chris Stanley, Tom Roger Skauen and Paul Hughes.

More details can be seen on the Megastyle website. 08 March 2019

New FPGA-based C64 Video Enhancement

A new FPGA-based modification board for the Commodore 64 computer is being developed to produce YPbPr video output.

The C64 is the most iconic device of the 8-bit computer era and there is a huge library of software and hardware modifications available. Nevertheless the video output quality is inherently poor by modern standards, even with the use of the s-video option. This is specially true with LCD flat screens that amplify the visual artifacts even more.

This clever piece of kit developed by user C0pperdragon bypasses the chrominance/luminance signal generation of the VIC-II and computes a YPbPr signal directly from the digital information available inside the computer. As it turns out, it is enough to passively listen to just about 22 pins of the VIC-II to figure out what video signal it actually intends to generate. Using the information from these pins and some logic implemented in an FPGA, a pixel-perfect replication of the video image can be generated.

For more details, head over to C0pperdragon's GitHub page.15 March 2019

Amiga classic Stunt Car Racer ported to the BBC Master

Originally written by Geoff Crammond, also known for Formula One Grand Prix, this iconic title was a huge hit on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST back in 1989.

Now The Bitshifters Collective and Kieran Connell have managed to port the game to the Acorn BBC Master!

This feat required a lot of effort to get the graphics running so super-smooth, but it really plays well! The BBC Master is a 2Mhz 6502 with 128Kb RAM, so it is really amazing to get this running on a stock 8-bit system.

Head over to the Bitshifters Collective GitHub page for more info. It's also listed on pouet.net.07 March 2019

Knight Lore Ported to the Plus/4

The Ultimate Play the Game classic, Knight Lore, has been ported to the Commodore Plus/4. The game is producted by Rod & Emu Productions, developed by Emu (code), and includes music by Saul Cross graphics by Almighty God.

The title also includes a number of built-in cheats to make it a little easier, supported both PAL and NTSC machines, as well as SID card or original TED for audio.

Click here for the Plus/4 Web page.07 March 2019

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