BBC Micro Game Reviews

Karate Combat

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 21:00

Slightly Fiddly Martial-Arts Caper

As my original plan to review geordie subgame-combo Auf Wiedersehen Pet has hit the rocks of BBC Master Incompatibility (as I thought it might), I’m going to review a request today, and save A.W.P. for once I’ve refitted one of my Model Bs.

Joel writes:

how about Karate Combat (one of my faves!!) ? thanks

Very well, Karate Combat it is.

Yes Prime Minister

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 03/05/2011 - 20:57

Well intentioned stinker.

Given that a stage-play of “Yes Prime Minister” is currently plying its trade in the West End of London, I suppose it made sense to have a go at this little number on the Beeb. There are lots of these old TV spin-offs - they don’t seem to happen these days, which I think is rather sad, or a Good Thing, if you’re familiar with the quality of most of them. Next week, if I can get it to work, I’ll be trying “Auf Wiedersein Pet”, which has all the hallmarks of being a similarly misbegotten affair.

Castle of Gems

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:54

Fairly playable recipe for legal calamity

Well, this is interesting. My choice of reviewing “Castle of Gems” this week was down to my wife and daughter, who picked it from a list of games which I read out to them. The box art suggested that the game would be a fairly standard Pacman clone, and I have to admit to being a little surprised at the sophistication of the game which appeared when I loaded it on my beeb. But prior to that, another great relic from a bygone era - strange branding:

Soccer Manager

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 02/19/2011 - 20:52

Surprisingly compelling football management game from before the Premiership

I’ve spent just a little too long playing this one. In some respects, this game, which from what I can tell is a bit of a rip-off of a game on the Atari, is more enjoyable than its modern peers. Whilst I’m sure plenty of people get their kicks from absurdly magnified depths of micro-management and the chance to buy and sell today’s greatest players, I have to say I that I rather prefer managing Luther Blissett and Gary Mabbutt.

Pharoah's Tomb

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 02/19/2011 - 20:50
I have fond memories of Pharaoh’s Tomb, although I never remember actually thinking it was a terribly good game. I must have been about 9 or 10 when we played it, in 1988 perhaps. At the time, I had no idea about the game’s origin, but I discover now that it was from A&F, the people responsible for Chuckie Egg. It does seem that Chuckie Egg was a bit of a one-off for A&F, in that it was actually fairly good.