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Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 209

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 73,11
R 585,89
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES Now Sega owns the Thunder Force IP, I’d like a brand-new 2D shooter with eye-melting visuals and an ear-thrumming soundtrack. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine, all under the same roof! Currently playing: Mega Cat Studios Collection 1 Favourite game of all time: Strider ANDY SALTER Golden Axe as a sort of fantasy co-op Just Cause/survival-type game, with Dark Souls-style combat and a PUBG-style multiplayer thrown in for good measure. Expertise: Modding games, no ‘vanilla’ versions for me, thanks! Currently playing: Mount And Blade 2: Bannerlord Favourite game of all time: Rome: Total War PAUL ROSE Comix Zone for me. Would love to see what they could do with current technology. Expertise: Winging it Currently playing: The Last Of Us Part II Favourite game of all time: Half-Life 2 DREW SLEEP We’ve had a good run of fighting games of late, but there’s one franchise that’s been…

1 min.

There can’t be many Master System owners who weren’t aware of Alex Kidd. Sega’s big-eared mascot had a great run on the 8-bit console and he got off to a brilliant start with the excellent Miracle World, which many later Master System gamers would experience as a pack-in; at least until that blue hedgehog came along and upset the apple cart. Back in the day, you were either an Alex Kidd fan or a Mario fan, as they were the prominent platform stars of their respective consoles. I was clearly on Alex Kidd’s side, and a highlight of my young gaming journey was seeing Alex’s amazing crossover with the Shinobi franchise. Before long, though, Alex fell out of fashion and as Sega concentrated on the exploits of Sonic, the monkey boy…

5 min.
lord sugar’s marvellous amstrad museum

Boredom can lead to great ideas, and that was starkly the case when Amstrad founder Lord Alan Sugar revealed plans to buy up his old products and use them as the basis of a new museum. He spoke of his desire after social media users began tweeting him photos of their retro Amstrad machines. “Nothing much inspired this desire to revisit the past other than having nothing else to do at the moment,” he tells Retro Gamer in an exclusive interview. The proposal emerged at the height of the coronavirus pandemic and it could have been seen as a throwaway remark. But Lord Sugar is serious about bringing his computers, hi-fis and even the odd E-mailer together in one place, and he’s started to flesh out his plan. “I’m thinking of…

1 min.
that belongs in a museum!

AMSTRAD CPC 664 Amstrad replaced the tape deck of the 464 with a internal three-inch floppy disk drive but the decision to include 64K of memory meant it was produced for just six months before being replaced by the CPC 6128. Codenamed IDIOT (Includes Disk Instead Of Tape), it sold just 70,000 units, making it a relative rarity. AMSTRAD STUDIO 100 The Amstrad Studio 100 mixing and recording system was the first to come with a twin tape deck but the company incorporated the feature in most of its subsequent stereo systems – attracting criticism from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for allowing prerecorded cassettes to be copied at high speed. AMSTRAD PENPAD The PenPad was a personal digital assistant released in 1993, boasting decent handwriting recognition and a monochrome LCD touchscreen. Based around the…

3 min.
micro machines

In news that was more than a little bit of a surprise, Sega has chosen to celebrate its 60th anniversary by announcing a whole range of retro mini consoles – and in the process, became the first major manufacturer to create a mini console based on classic handheld hardware. The Game Gear Micro is a tiny recreation of Sega’s first handheld console, released to commemorate the system’s 30th anniversary. Four models are being created, with each utilising a different colour scheme based on ones used by the original Nineties models. The differences are more than cosmetic, as each different coloured system also comes with its own unique line-up of games. In keeping with the Japanese trend for keychain-sized gadgets, the tiny unit is less than 40% of the size of the…

1 min.
lightning strikes twice

A complete and unpublished Days Of Thunder game for the NES has been found and preserved by the Video Game History Foundation. It had been worked on by the late Chris Oberth, who was then a coder and designer at Mindscape. A backup spread over more than 20 floppy disks was found, and it was possible to build a complete ROM image after some rigorous data recovery. The game, which has now been released with the blessing of Chris' family, is wholly different to the released version from Beam Software.…