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Retro Gamer No. 212

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 For me, it has to be meeting Ron Gilbert when he visited our Bournemouth office to promote Thimbleweed Park for games™. I just managed to catch him as he was leaving to say how much I loved his games. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls, one SNES-loving cousin and an award-winning magazine, all under one roof! Currently playing: Magic: The Gathering Arena Favourite game of all time: Strider ANDY SALTER “Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just glad to see us?” Expertise: Modding games, no ‘vanilla’ versions for me, thanks! Currently playing: Mount And Blade II: Bannerlord Favourite game of all time: Rome: Total War IAIN LEE I’ve never played The Secret Of Monkey Island, I’m afraid. Expertise: Buying overpriced stuff on eBay then never touching it Currently playing: Home Sweet Home Favourite game of all…

1 min.

Along with a large number of D&D adventures, The Secret Of Monkey Island was one of the games that convinced me that I needed to own an Amiga. I’d abandoned home computers as soon as I got my hands on a Master System and the 16-bit consoles were definitely my jam, but the SNES didn’t have Guybrush Threepwood’s debut adventure and I really wanted to play it. While plenty of console games had made me laugh over the years, I’d never experienced a game that was as riotously silly as Monkey Island was. Even the game’s security measures promised that your stay on Mêlée Island would be a fun one, and boy it did not disappoint. It’s been a real pleasure, then, to assemble the core team of designers and writers…

5 min.
what’s next for the zx spectrum?

“When the very first units started to get delivered, we were hit with a stream of unboxing pictures and testimonials that surpassed our wildest hopes”Henrique Olifiers Despite a few teething issues during production, the ZX Spectrum Next was extremely well-received when it eventually arrived earlier this year. In fact, it’s proven to be such a hit that when Henrique Olifiers started a second Kickstarter to deliver an enhanced version of the Spectrum Next, it absolutely smashed its £250,000 target goal in under five minutes, and it went on to beat the original final Kickstarter amount of £723,390 in its first 24 hours. The second run has now finished and sits at a staggering £1,847,106, enough to ensure a new episode of Head Over Heels, with input from creator Jon Ritman will…

1 min.
incoming games

WONDERFUL DIZZY News has been a little quiet lately but a recent blog post suggests that the new Dizzy game should be available by the end of the year. All the music and graphics are now finished and the actual project has been overseen by Dizzy’s original creators, the Oliver twins. Dig deeper at spectrumnextgames.uk. SPECTRON: 2084 A cracking version of Eugene Jarvis’ game was coded for the Spectrum and reviewed but never released. Hopefully this exciting new update by Robin Verhagen-Guest will have a better fate. It certainly looks the part, but we’re keen to see how the twin-stick setup will be replicated on the Next. FOREIGN CABINET We were huge fans of Split Personalities back in the day so it’s great to see that Lampros Potamianos is working on a new version of…

1 min.
turbo time tunnel

The Battletoads revival movement is still going strong, as iam8bit is currently taking preorders for the Battletoads: Smash Hits double LP. The first disc contains music from the original NES game by David Wise, while the second contains David Housden’s soundtrack for this year’s series reboot. The package is expected to ship in Q4 2020, and is priced at $42.99. The company is also bringing Zitz, Rash and Pimple back to the NES in physical form, but the full 2,000 copy production run of the Battletoads Legacy Cartridge Collection has already sold out at $99.99 a pop. Good luck hunting for that on eBay!…

1 min.

Factor 5 has announced the Turrican Anthology, spread across two volumes for PS4 and Switch – each comprised of five games from the Amiga, Mega Drive and SNES. Also, Factor 5 is issuing new Mega Drive and SNES cartridges. Super Turrican 2 will be reprinted, and Mega Turrican: The Director’s Cut and Super Turrican: The Director’s Cut will be available as cartridges for the first time. All of these are available in PAL and NTSC versions for €49.99, with a production run of 1,500 copies for each cartridge. Physical copies are available for preorder at strictlylimitedgames.com.…