Retro - Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

5/24/2012 8:37:35 AM

Strange dreams, deadly seagulls, eerie dungeons and dodgy heavy metal… Just another week of retro as far as Shaun Bebbington is concerned.

Shaun has a passionate interest in 8-bit computing and gaming, and has been finding novel ways to use retro technology since 1994.

Jeffrey Daniels has recently released a new game for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20, which is based on a dream that he had. You’re presented with a static screen in which diamonds and a single heart are randomly placed within the playing field, and it’s your job to navigate a tired chap around this to collect either or both if you can. You’ll have to be quick, though, because there’s not a lot of time per game.

Description: Commodore VIC-20 and 64 computers.

Commodore VIC-20 and 64 computers.

It’s actually not purely entertainment software as you would expect it; this production is more of a concept that is supposed to provoke an emotional response in you, so it’s more of an allegory, which makes it conceptually interesting for such a simple game. Try it for yourself and see what you think. It’s available to download from

Meanwhile, for the Commodore 64, The New Dimension has recently released On The Farm III – Sheep Invasion. Created by AchimVolkers, your task is to control a seagull, hailing from ST. Ives in Cornwall. After becoming tired of nicking pasties and other such delights from the local tourists, this gull has decided that farm crops are much tastier. Therefore, you must keep the sheep from eating away at the crops. A certain number must be warned off by ‘bombing’ them, and if there’s some of the crop left by the time you’ve reached your quota of sheep disposal, then it’s onto the next level with an increase in difficulty as you go. It’s a fairly simple static screen shoot-‘em-up, which becomes fun from about level four onwards. To download this, head over to

Another Crawler

.Description: Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol

Released in 1995, Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol is a role-playing game for the PC created by David

The highly regarded Oric-1 [and Oric Atmos] development group Defence Force has recently released a new ‘dungeon crawler’-style game for the quirky 8-bit micro computer. This production, Mordoric, is based on a 1995 PC game called Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol, and more information about the PC original may be found at

After choosing your character attributes, you’re then tasked with exploring the dungeons while facing each peril that crosses your path, find gold pieces and upgrade your armoury and other such adventure-type things. To find out more about this exciting development, browse over to

Game of the week: Metal Warrior

Description: Metal Warrior

Metal Warrior


Platform: Commodore 64/128

Developer: LasseÖörni

Website: covertbitips.c64.rog

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Metal Warrior series of games are among the best from the post-commercial era of the old C64, so this week, I’ve donned my old MegaDeth T-shirt, been practising air guitar and played this classic from 1999 a lot too.

It’s set in the year 2010 in some alternate reality in which heavy metal music and freedom of expression is being suppressed by the powers that be, and it’s not a nice place to live, especially if you’re an avid fan of the musical genre. Sadok, lead guitarist for the war-metal band CyberPriest, was yet another victim of assassinations carried out against such high-profile groups and artist, and without proper investigation of his death by the authorities, Ian decides to take matters into his own hands, grabs some fire-power and goes in search of answers in what is a ‘run-and-gun’ role-playing game.

Some elements of the gameplay remind me of a little-known 1987 game by Mastertronic called Rapid Fire, but it has much more polish and depth. The storyline alone makes it worth investigating, as it’s surprisingly well scripted. Although there are the odd glitches with the graphics, this is nothing that will put you off for too long.

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