Retro Gaming – Sea Chase

Every time I go to a retro gaming event there’s always one video game (or pinball table) which I like to call ‘the show game’. It’s that one game that becomes synonymous with an event due to the amount of times it’ll keep going back to it throughout the day (‘damn game won’t beat me’ will  usually being muttered along the way :-) ) Said game will probably be an oldie I’ve not actually sat down to play before or sometimes it’s a title from my own gaming past that I’m rediscover all over again. Played solo or shared with friends, it’s that one fun game that becomes simply becomes – the show game.

Anyone else have these?

Last months Retro Revival 2014 was no different and my show game for the event was a title I found at random whilst browsing for something else to play on an Atari XEGS after a button bashing warm up session on Satan’s Hollow. Which so happened to be my ‘show game’ from Retro Derby that was held back in July.

Retro Derby, the second  meetup organised by Chris Snowdon (the first can be found here – and )and despite the sweltering heat on one of the hottest days of the year, was bags of fun and my first introduction to the Atari XEGS and the Atari 8-bit version of Satan’s Hollow – which grew on me very quickly and to be honest, I think I  prefer playing this version instead of the arcade original.



Oh and that mini arcade cabinet on the left, yup so cool isn’t it. did a great job on this.


Any-ho, so back to Retro Revival and Keiren had brought along his XEGS setup again and I was casually looking through this games list on his Atari Max flash cart. I played a few well known games, like Donkey Kong and Beam Rider but when I found and started playing Sea Chase, I was instantly hooked…heck, it’s got a submarine in it….subs are cool!

Sea Chase by Eric Fries  – later I’m informed of his association with Microsoft, Xbox, Ouya  and author of Halo 2600. Talented guy!

First highscore.



At first I wasn’t sure exactly what to do, but as a seasoned pixel submariner, I hazarded  a guess that the depth charges released from the ship above and the floating mines might not be very good for my periscope. In addition, something ought to be done about that slowly depleting fuel supply.

As you navigate around the deadly obstacles whilst fighting inertia,  treasure items will appear for collecting. After you’ve bagged ten items a torpedo will appears somewhere on screen. Once you’ve collected it, line up for a shot, flood tubes one and….well just one really and light up that pesky ship above. You’ll get one shot only so  if you miss you’ll have to redo the level again.

Scoring is achieved by shooting the depth charges before they explode (avoid the brief shrapnel cloud), blowing away the  fast moving enemy subs and finally torpedoing the  ship. There’s also a time bonus for skilled drivers that can complete the level before the timer runs out.

Sea Chase might look a little basic and if like myself you’ve not played it before, it’s well worth checking out. A  fun little twitch shooter I’m sure you’ll return to again just to top that previous score.

Retro Revival 2014.

Hello again, long time no post!

Last weekend I attended Retro Revival and a chance to indulge in two days of non stop retro gaming goodness and laughs with friends. It’s also my little rewards for all the replastering, sanding, mitring, levelling, grinding,  cutting, swearing, recutting, painting, polishing and swearing that’s kept me busy over the past few months.

We had such a great time as last years event and mini event held in December (see previous post –, ) and have been really looking forward to this one since the dates was announcement and the steady drip feed of show information went into overdrive these past few weeks.

Here’s some of the photo’s I’d taken between games.


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Walkthrough videos are starting to appear on Youtube, here’s one of the good ones


Event organisers Chris and Craig really nailed it with Retro Revival 2014. Here’s to the next one!

Speaking of next one, the second of this years huge retro gaming events Play:Expo is only a few months away. See you there?





Stealing a peek at ‘The History of Ocean’.

When I got home from Revival Mini last night buzzing from sensory overload and my copy of The History of Ocean (software) in my hands, I’d promised myself that is was going to go straight onto the bookshelf, unread until the Christmas holidays when I could put my feet up, settle down into my cosy reading chair and indulge in a little Yuletide tipple with a cursory mince pie (or maybe a little blue cheese……..woo stomach is rumbling now!).

Unread yes, but I couldn’t help myself stealing a peek at the first few pages.


I’m still over the moon that I was able to get my copy signed by many of the talented Ocean team that were visiting the event including Ocean boss Gary Bracey and book author Chris Wilkins & Roger M.Kean.


Trying not to look too hard so the following shots might be a bit blurred :-)





Right, that’s enough of that for me but if you’d like to purchase you’re own copy of the book, you can do so via the following link. I’m not sure if it’s is a limited run so treat yourself now before it’s too late.

Revival Mini -2013

I’ve just got home, tired but extremely happy after an absolutely amazing day spent retro gaming and catching up with friends at Revival Mini. Smaller in scale to it’s bigger brother event held earlier in the year (see blog post – ) but still just as fun made even more special with the release of a new book following it’s successful kickstarter project.

Chris had brought a stack of them along with him so that project backers attending the event could get there mitts on their copy early.


As an extra bonus, many members of Ocean Software were attended the event  and were only too happy to sign copies for us all.


The main room with a good selection of classic computers and consoles to play.




I have no idea if this is a custom paint job on this Atari Jaguar or that it’s some sort of Dev unit (anyone out there can shed any light on this?)  I did see a white Commdore CD32 unit for sale though and clearly it was a  home spray job and quite awful is was too. I’m not sure why you would want to recolor a console/computer but then again, each to their own.


Although……..this C64 in custom C16 case  is rather cool don’t you think?


Custom Mini cabs lined up on the bar. Surely this is the future….I’d never leave :-)


Out in the conservatory area was a long row of arcade machines including some of Chris’s Zaccaria cabs. I absolutely love his Super Cobra cabinet –  A great  Skramble type game itself, but it’s the stunning cabinet art  on the side, CP, glass and marquee that I really like.


I spent some time in the hombrew section playing games on the C64 including some of the latest from the RGCD competition and from Psytronik software.

The Vice Squad on a ‘ZX Specadore 64′.


Plenty of gear to buy from quite a few traders considering that this was a small event. That cool  ZX Spectrum +2A at the front caught my eye. So much better looking than the drab grey +2 model.


It might have looked a bit rough around the edges but the screen on this Asteroids cabaret cabinet was pin sharp. It was up for raffle too so one lucky person would be taking it home with them. Sadly it wasn’t me but the immediate silence throughout the room when the  winning ticket was being picked was surreal  :-)


Members from Ocean Software gather for a toast and we gamers thank them all.


That’s probably the last time I’ll see some of my friends until the new year and Revival Mini was the perfect place to wish  them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping next years retro gaming calendar will be just as full.

Raspberry Pi – FUZE case and Photoshop fun

Whilst attending Play:Expo and taking a break from retro gaming, I took a wander around the trade exhibitions and stopped by FUZE stand to check out their rather cool Raspberry Pi projects and peripherals.

The FUZE powered by Raspberry Pi® provides an ideal, safe and secure Raspberry Pi workstation, retaining all connectivity via the easily accessible back panel. Supplied with the 512MB Raspberry Pi®, a UK Keyboard, wireless mouse, mat, pass-thru interface, solder-less breadboard and component kit.


IMG_4204 (Custom)


They look great don’t they, and perfect for tinkering around with the GPIO without getting too tangled in all that cabling. Also, the case brings the Pi’s HDMI, usb, A/V, Power, SD and Network ports to the rear instead of having your Pi case looking like a spider.

IMG_4206 (Custom)

You can find out more information about FUZE project via the link below and details on ordering a kit in a range of configurations to suit either your needs and budget.


These cases remind of the old 8 and 16 bit computers like the Sinclair Spectrums, Commodore C64/Amiga , Atari’s and Acorns where the computer main board was housed inside the same case as the keyboard. With one of these FUZE cases and for example Chameleon PI installed, I bet it would make for one cool looking retro emulation station!

Hmm custom paint jobs? – How about this Photoshop mock up I created for fun :-)



With the holiday season gathering speed , I think it’s time to write Santa a wishlist :-)