5MA – Great Britain Ltd (1982, Spectrum)

Please vote today, whoever you support and even if you think your vote won’t matter. In honour of today’s plebiscite, here’s a 5MA of an early Speccy sim/management game, where you play as the UK Prime Minister (and de facto Chancellor of the Exchequer) trying to steer the ship of state without sinking her. Politics…

5MA – Mailstrom (1986, Spectrum)

In Mailstrom you play as a postman driving a high-tech Knight Rider-inspired van. Gameplay consists of driving through a seamlessly-linked series of scrolling streets, stopping to break into post boxes, to deliver letters or to make drop-offs/collections from the depots. My main memories of playing the game back when it was given away on a…

5MA – Ikaruga (2002, Dreamcast/X360)

This 5MA is a touch over a month overdue, but still bears articulating. Here’s a gameplay video (not mine!) Playing Dreamcast Ikaruga for the first time on a 90-degree rotated telly, slightly drunk in a highly-competitive setting and BAM! BAM! BAM! getting it (mostly) right was a great experience. Vertical shooters are an arcade/oldschool staple…

5MA – 3×3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (1995, SNES)

If you exclude classic ’80s Japanese-animated/adapted stuff like Battle For The Planets, Ulysses 51, The Goddamn Mysterious Cities Of Flipping Gold and the like, then the first anime qua anime series I fell in love with was 3×3 EYES (apparently pronounced “Sazan Eyes” in Japanese or e.g. “three times three eyes” if like me you’re…

FFVII – Opening Bombing Mission music

The interaction between computer gaming and honest-to-goodness actual musicians is a ever a fascinating one. I started by YouTubing up some filthy FFVIII Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, because if VGR suffers an absent friend or three it’s in no way attributable to their damn fine taste. The inevitable subsequent stroll through Black Mages’ (and other)…

5MA – Knuckle Busters (1987, Spectrum)

OK, housekeeping first. 5MA a.k.a. 5 Minutes Alone (named after the Pantera song, natch) is my answer to trying or playing games and never writing about them, either because they only provided 5 minutes entertainment or because I thought they deserved a fuller, infinitely-deferred write-up. Short responses to early gameplay, i.e. explicitly not a “real”…

What Is Best In Life #22: WrestleMania III

Whilst a thousand other posts percolate, here’s a topic you probably hadn’t expected from me. I saw an excellent reconstructed “oral history” article on ESPN about (apparently) one of the greatest WWE/F[/G?] fights ever. Intrigued, I dug up a few links and found myself cast into that familiar, fannish need-to-know-more rabbit-hole. My wrestling pedigree is…

Switch ing it up

I was browsing eBay a few weeks ago and came across Street Fighter Alpha 3 on the Gameboy Advance. On the PSX this is my all time favourite fighter! The game was Japanese and the box was beautiful! This got me nostalgic for my GBA I sold when I was broke and needed the cash…

Who Is Techno Cop?

Techno Cop is a 1988 game for 8/16-bit home computers published by erstwhile industry stalwarts Gremlin Graphics, which was also ported to MegaDrive in 1990. This isn’t a review, but here’s a quick bit of context. The game obviously seeks to riff on RoboCop (you’ve heard of him, right?). Gameplay is an interesting 50/50 combination…

Switch – Senser

Every time anyone mentions the Nintendo Switch I start humming this 1994 Senser classic to myself. I remember being kinda underwhelmed with my single purchase at the time, not least because I was expecting some Age Of Panic style guitar along with the slightly-cheesy UK rapping. If I wasn’t the laziest man on M|A|R|R|S I’d…

The old Switcheroo..

So the Nintendo switch… Discuss.. Before the big reveal I had the same feeling I get when England go into a major football tournament, my heart says we can do it and my head sends me back to earth with a resounding thump! True to form we get knocked out So I was full of…

A NES gem – River City Ransom!

My brother and I grew up with the Sega Master System, we were more than happy with what we had and never really thought about owning other consoles with different games. Our friend had a NES and we played it from time to time but only Mario and maybe Double Dragon.  My NES playing experience…