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Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 152

Retro Gamer is the only magazine in the UK that’s fully dedicated to the halcyon days of classic gaming. If you’ve ever fondly blasted away at the Bydo Empire in R-Type, swung Bowser by the tail in Super Mario 64, or navigated all 20 levels of Matthew Smith’s Manic Miner, then this is the magazine for you. Created by a dedicated team of experts, Retro Gamer’s mission is to deliver constantly engaging and passionately written articles that cover a wide range of subjects. We offer our readership in-depth looks at classic games and franchises, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the software houses from yesteryear, and one-on-one exclusive interviews with industry veterans such as Archer Maclean and Hideo Kojima. Stylish, entertaining and beautifully presented, Retro Gamer is the ultimate guide to videogaming’s rich and diverse history.

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2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES I’m going for Metal Slug. It’s not only full of solid power-ups and excellent bosses, but also features some of the best animation in the genre. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine Currently playing: Super Punchout! Favourite game of all time: Strider NICK THORPE My heart says Secret Commando for the Master System, but my playing habits would suggest Mercs is the true answer. Expertise: Owning six Master Systems (I sold one) Currently playing: Silpheed Favourite game of all time: Sonic The Hedgehog PAUL DRURY It has to be the first Metal Slug but I do have a soft spot for Commando on the C64. Taking out a mob of baddies with one well-lobbed grenade was ace. Expertise: Factory-damaged Spectrums Currently playing: The Witness Favourite game of all time: Sheep In Space GRAEME MASON Joffa Smith’s finest hour:…

1 min.

Ever since we ran our massively popular PlayStation cover in issue 137, we’ve been looking to follow it up with an iconic PlayStation game. Now, thanks to The Designers Republic, we’ve found that game – WipEout 2097. One of the biggest issues I’ve personally had with PlayStation art (or any game system art from that era) is that they are low-quality renders that look dated. Thankfully that’s not a problem with the artwork for 2097. It’s an iconic piece that not only encapsulates the game but also the club culture that was helping the PlayStation to dominate its competitors during the mid-Nineties. The game itself is every bit as good as the art that adorns its cover too, and it’s story it particularly interesting. It started off life as a simple ‘tracks…

4 min.
revolution turns back the years

Revolution Software has announced a special box set of games to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Revolution: The 25th Anniversary Collection contains all of the company’s original games to date, as well as Broken Sword and Beneath A Steel Sky comics, an audio CD, a Broken Sword USB stick containing the complete soundtrack for every game, a DVD and more. Revolution: The 25th Anniversary Collection is out on 11th March 2016 for PC only, with a RRP of £29.99. To find out more about Revolution Software’s anniversary and the collection, we spoke to the developer’s co-founder Charles Cecil. Why do you think Revolution has managed to survive over the last 25 years, where other developers have fallen by the wayside? I think it’s probably because we’ve stayed independent over that time. Obviously companies that get…

1 min.
class of 91

ID SOFTWARE • John Carmack, John Romero, Adrian Carmack and Tom Hall founded a development team off the back of shareware platform games, but quickly found success with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom that set the team on a path to riches. The last founding member, John Carmack, resigned from the company in 2013. BLIZZARD • Founded as Silicon & Synapse, Blizzard made reasonably well-known games like The LostVikingsand Rock N’ Roll Racing before changing its name and experiencing major successes with Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. All three co-founders remain at the company, which has been owned by Activision since 2008. BUNGIE • Though Bungie had success with Pathways Into Darkness, the Marathon trilogy and Myth, the company’s broke into the mainstream during its relatively brief spell as a Microsoft subsidiary when it launched the Halo…

1 min.
retro vgs reborn

After its Kickstarter spectacularly failed last year, the Retro VGS is back with a new name and a new plan. Mike Kennedy and his designers have teamed up with Coleco and renamed the system the Coleco Chameleon. The device is due to launch this year and a selection of launch games has been revealed. Interestingly, a large number of Coleco and Intellivision games are included, although it’s unclear if these are the original games, compilations or standalone titles. In fact, information in general is irritatingly vague at the moment, so hopefully more will be revealed at this month’s Toy Fair in New York.…

1 min.
sega classics 3d

Frustratingly, Sega never released its original 3DS classics compilation in the West, choosing instead to keep it exclusive to Japan. Fortunately, it appears to have had a change of heart, as a new compilation is now heading to America. Sega 3D Classics Collection will include Power Drift, Puyo Puyo 2, Maze Walker, Fantasy Zone II: The Tears Of Opa-Opa, Fantasy Zone II W, Sonic The Hedgehog, Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force II and Altered Beast. It’s unclear if games will be available to purchase separately in digital form, or whether the compilation will even make it to the UK, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.…