April Showers

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 20:28

Attractive High-Resolution Snorefest

Good grief, this one’s dull.

As those of us living in the UK have been deluged last weekend with walls of rain which should traditionally have arrived in the month of April, I thought that it might be appropriate to make this episode’s review “April Showers”.

Given that I had no clue what the game might involve, I was extremely pleasantly surprised when I loaded it up. It was absolutely beautiful, with lovely graphics drawn up in a high-res graphics mode.


Gold Digger

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:35

Competent Dig-Dig “Tribute”

I’ve done quite a few reviews of requests and recommendations recently, so I thought that I’d have another go at something completely off the wall. I had a friend over, and together we went through some titles. What could possibly be better than this, eh? GOLD-DIGGER. The minds boggled.

Gold Digger

Boffin 2

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 04/02/2011 - 20:40

Multi-versioned cross-genre platform caper.

Hello everyone, and thanks for all the wonderful feedback since last time. It’s been a while! Not only have I had some assignments to complete this week, but I chose entirely the wrong game to review for such a busy period.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be working my way through all the great suggestions that you’ve been passing my way. Now, Stickhead (or Marc) writes:


Submitted by Ben on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 20:44

Breakneck Bounce-Happy Sideways-Scroller

Hello all, and apologies for my absence this weekend, during which I enjoyed a short holiday, and then put my back out. I write this review from the discomfort of my bed, wherein I lay disabled like an old woman.

Time for another request. Phill writes:

Ransack by Peter Scott, Starship Command, Stryker’s Run or Codename Droid…

Well, I know the latter three of those, so I’m opting to try out Ransack, by Peter Scott. Time for first impressions:

Tower Bridge

Submitted by Ben on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:47

Rather Clever Monarchic Jewellery-Snatch

Well - I have to say, I’m really pleased - I had tonnes of requests for reviews - so to those who requested beauts like Sim, Twin Kingdom Valley, Estra and Wizadore, I say to you: “Hang on in there, your game’s time will come”, but I wanted to take the chance of an evening off to have a look at this weird number, requested by “Jagfest_UK”. He says:

One I remember from school that I still haven’t seen anywhere was a game called Tower Bridge.

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.