Longtime contributor and verbose commentator. Loves Roleplaying Games, Adventures and Puzzle Games. Gets strangely nostalgic when he enters a DOS prompt, hears a Gameboy *ding* or sees horrible colour palettes. Always good for a second opinion on everything.
Played together with his little brother cute Nintendo games and gambled undercover Wolfenstein and Larry on the PC. But real nostalgic feelings only come up with the C64 and 8-bit consorts. Passion for everything that is cyberspaced, fun and fast.
Jet Set Willy was the follow-up to the very successful platform game Manic Miner and, like its predecessor, it was written by Matthew Smith, a very young programmer with a wild imagination, of whom great things were expected. That's not exactly the way it turned out, but more on that later.
Back in my childhood, we owned an electric model train. I fondly remember those times me and my brothers spent in the attic, assembling it into new shapes and routes every time, and then playing out our stories in this tiny worlds we had created. Of course, this was decades ago. Back then, something on the scale of Simutrans was unheard of and even more so unthinkable. It would have required much, much more physical space than anyone could have realistically had for such purposes. Admittedly, the haptic sensation is missing when operating in such virtual worlds. Nevertheless, a dream come true!
Wooohooo, race won! Stunt Car Racer is still as much fun as it was 30+ years ago. Maybe even more so these days, thanks to various fan patches available. I just keep wondering how the one driver, the one with the eye patch, can actually compete…
I see you! Rather than the eyes, you should really pay attention to that nose. It is the truly deadly part of that face.
Steel Machine is an very cool Uridium clone with good visuals, great music and challenging difficulty. Too bad it stayed confined to hardware which completely failed on the market. Completely unknown even then, it is now completely obscure. Ready to discover something new? Just in case you haven't made up your mind yet, I've also recorded a video playthrough.
A jeep and a helicopter assaulting a fortress with a giant, incredibly cool looking cannon. Boy, did that sort of thing appeal to me in 1991! Behind all this, SWIV is actually a really good game which has stood the test of time. If you like hard shooters, that is. Well, there are no easy shooters, are there?
"This is our last Amiga product and perhaps our best." stated Team 17 in the manual of Worms: The Director's Cut. They were right on both counts. Regular readers will know I'm hardly their greatest fan. Though putting all this effort into this final game, in spite of limited marketing potential on the already dead platform certainly was an act of love. Thank you for going out with style!
His name is Pond, Underwater Agent. Wreaking havoc among the human world for the good of fish-kind. This game was the start of a series which had what was considered for some time as a signature mascot-like jump'n'run hero for the Amiga. That is, until Zool pushed hard to claim this title. Neither of the two, of course, really made it into the long-term collective memory of the general public.
Princess Zelda is back, in another installment of one of the most beloved gaming franchises of all time. The Wand of Gamelon has her picking up her sword and shield, rescueing her father and her boyfriend, both of whom got themselves kidnapped. Seriously, those guys are lucky to have her! A large number of levels which can only be passed with a lot of fighting and solving some puzzles wait for the player. As usual in the series. Yet, everybody hates the game which, on the other hand, hardly anyone has played.
Would you date this guy? Maybe not anymore after you've heard him talk about his conspiracy theories concerning school cafeteria food. Luckily, another 29 cover boys stand ready as well, just waiting to be picked. Because, you know, they have no standards and will go out with anyone. Girl's Club may not win a price for emancipated gender roles or avoid any other clichés. Yet, it does show that even 30 years ago, there were experiments performed beyond the then already established forms of video game entertainment.
You may think enough has been said about Rise of the Robots. Though in all honesty, I was very dissatisfied with my previous treatment of it. It was just restating popular, unreflected opinion. Not very useful, is it? The point now is not to excuse, not to defend. After all, it is an awful game. Nevertheless, it is not an intentionally awful game. So it does deserve some respect.
...that The Good Old Days is one of the oldest sites of its type which is not only still online, but also still active? We've seen many other sites and people come and go, but always prevailed. The ups and downs of our history are documented in their own article.
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.