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So what is this site? To put it in the most simple way imaginable: It's a site about digital games. Not about the latest gaming news, but about the games themselves, and - as you've already surmised from the site's name - specializing in what's usually considered 'classic' these days. Of course, definitions of 'classic' differ widely. However, if you browse around a little, you'll find us covering pretty much everything (with varying intensity) from the earliest home systems (late 1970s) to the end of the last millenium.


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Sky Kid is the new game in our First World War theme.

Not one of the best known games for the NES, it's still a curious piece, first of all because there are lots of airplane shooters, but few of them use pre-WWII machines.

Undoubtely this is due to the popularity they got on that war, when they were not only mass produced, but also saw cities being razed by the newer bomber planes, and the development of modern air combat techniques.

Not that some of this didn't exist before. Actually, this little game does include bombing, and a bit of air combat techniques. All of this shown in that little child-like style, which, I suppose, is what give the game it's title.



Pheonix joins our ranks with a review of the PC booter version of Archon – The Light and the Dark. He included screenshots of the CGA and the composite mode of the game – interesting comparison!
Mr Creosote


Unbelievable, but we already have two games in which you play a sheriff shooting criminals already on the site as per today: Gunfright takes a decidedly different approach than the psychological and talky Law of the West, though.
Mr Creosote


We're still looking into games concerned with the First World War, commemorating the outbreak of this unbelievable slaughter 100 years ago. Researching in advance, one thing struck us: There are basically just two genres covered. Almost all of the games are either strategic wargames or flight simulations.

Scenario: Theatre of War falls into the former category, being firmly based on the Risk concept. Interestingly enough, it really only makes the link to WW1 in its documentation – the whole game, from graphics to contents, is basically a huge anachronism.

Nevertheless, it's worth looking into. I had quite some fond memories of it. Where they justified? Is it – pure irony, considering its theme – an enjoyable game?


Here we are, still on Vagabond's streak, this time tackling a game which, at least visually, is very typical for the Spectrum: Fairlight: A Prelude. There were countless of these action adventures played from an isometric perspective on that system! Though, if the review is to be believed, only few were this complex. Enjoy!


Vagabond continues his look back on the Spectrum days with an in-depth review of Myth: History in the Making. I have only played the Amiga version of this one which came out a couple of years later, but I remember being quite impressed with the visuals. Though there is apparently little relation between the different ports apart from the basic game idea.

Incidently, this review has got database ID 1000! It's not actually the 1000th review on the site (because some old ones have been removed, like mentioned recently in the previous news item), but we're getting there – stay tuned!


Browsing the site, a major oversight occured to me: Earlier this year, I had replaced the old review of Alien Bash II as part of our site renovation theme. What I had forgotten was to move it to the review archive! Nothing has been lost, though, so it's been restored in its appropriate place.


This year marks an important centenary: On the 28th of July 1914, one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This went down in history as the beginning of World War I, or the Great War as it was called before the second one. To join in on the commemorations we want to find out what kind of an impression this conflict has left on the world of video gaming. Which inspirations did the designers draw from this setting? How accurate is the depiction of the actual events? What genres are suited best for it? Stay tuned and we might give you some answers to this and a couple of other questions.

It's a good thing they wrote that on his plane…
I am going to kick things off with Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky, a game which builds a nice bridge to the previous months, since besides being set in WWI it also came on a silvery disc and made heavy use of FMV cut-scenes. It might be best described as a spoof of the very popular dogfight flight sims, or in short as ‘B-Movie meets the Red Baron’. As far as the questions above are concerned: It is a bit on the not so serious, almost silly side, and does not teach you that much about the war. Still, it does have some charm.

Finally we would also like to remind you, that we really appreciate your contributions. Every bit or byte you are willing to share is welcome and time and again it is nice to hear your opinions or stories. You can always join in, simply by adding something for the general updates or especially for the themed ones. Thanks to all you (past and future) contributors! :)


Aspirin's next addition is the manual of what is probably his favourite game: Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion.


This is not the launch of our next big theme, but rather the continuation of Aspirin's update streak. The Lost Vikings 2 is the slightly enhanced, but lesser known sequel to the popular home computer classic.

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