More Flappy Bird retro clones – ZX81 and Vectrex.

If you’ve done swearing at your Atari after the release of Flappo Bird on the 2600 a few weeks ago (, how about taking it out on your Sinclair ZX81 or MB Vectrex next? Both of these vintage systems have just seen the release of their own clones of the infuriating addictive Flappy Bird. Actually, the ZX81 and mighty Vec both deserve plenty of TLC and love so maybe it’ll be best to try these games out on emulation instead?…in fact, go hug your Vectrex right now 😉

Quack, for the ZX81 is by Bob, of Bob’s Stuff – maker of incredibly fun and playable  games for the ZX81 (and ZX Spectrum). and has a knack for squeezing every ounce of fun juice out of the tiny 81.

Yup, the ZX81 keyboard might be a bit pants but in this game but you’ll only need one. Mash away!



Tap to fly and avoid everything el…..dammit, faceplanted again! Can you beat my whopping high score of (fanfare) four points?





Over on the Vectrex we have VeccyBird and you’ll have to do a little more tapping to keep ‘flappy’ or whatever it’s name is, aloft and out of trouble.



Yup, I suck at this too…I think I’ve only made it past the third tube but like the original you just can’t put it down.




So there you go, two more fantastic clones of a game the world loves and hates….and hates…and then loves a bit more 🙂

Here’s the links –

Quack –

VeccyBird –





Happy play your Vectrex day.

A big fat Hi to all those rocking the almight Vectrex today as part of ‘International Play Your Vectrex Day’.

…and if you’re browsing this and thinking, I could just go for some Vectrex fun right now but don’t have a console to hand, well point your (java supporting) web browser at the following link and play away!



Vectrex at night

Boo, the 27th October. It’s today that daylight savings time ends here and the clocks go backwards one hour. Woohoo, an extra hour in bed! But….when we go out for our morning run, it’ll be dark (well, it’s always dark that early), when I drive to work, it’ll be dark. If i end up working in our computer/server room for most of the day (which doesn’t  have windows) i might not see the sun at all….and then the commute home again…in the dark. Repeat for months until March 😦

I like the light, not the dark. Bring back summer days please, when the light can go on and on. When you can sit outside, chew the fat and enjoy a beer right up until 10/11pm without reaching for the lamp.

Hey ho, look on the bright side (sorry!), all this early darkness means that I haven’t got to wait until really late in the evenings to indulge in a spot of night time photography.

…and there’s another thing that benefits from the darkness. The almight MB Vectrex (echo echo echo).


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It’s international Play Your Vectrex Day on Friday (November 1st), so I thought I’d dust down the ol Vec because it’s coming to work with me so that I can  share the awesomeness that it the Vectrex console.

Just lately, I’ve been playing a lot of John Donzilla’s most excellent Missile Command clone – Patriots.

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Here it is again, but this time, I’ve dialled my camera for a long exposure.

How about a nice game of chess?

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Light show with Webwars

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Minestorm….crazy edition 🙂

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Dark evenings…..not so bad after all!

Vectrex Museum

I just wanted to share this link to a web museum dedicated to the awesome-ness that is the MB Vectrex.


There’s a wealth of information here including the system itself, it’s history and a look at the various hardware addons, the original game releases and the homebrew gaming scene that’s still rocking the Vec today.

Also, there’s plenty of details and photos regarding the uber rare Vectrex Mini-Cade.


Check it out at

Oh and btw, if someone can point me in the direction of acquiring a copy of VecCaves (or even a ROM dump) that doesn’t costmega bucks, could you let me know please 🙂

My gaming week #1

Here’s a new section for my blog (see I’ve even created a shiny new category for it on the right hand side) which will list some of the games that’s been keeping me entertained over the previous week.  I wanted to start something like this here at the beginning of January but, well with one thing and another, time just slipped by.

Most of the games listed will be pretty much from older computers and consoles as well as the odd  indie games, low-fi causal games and those from the homebrew scene for classic systems. I don’t really play any modern PC games or own any modern console hardware and much prefer those with chunky pixels as you’ve probably gathered if you’ve been catching some of my posts on my blog.

These lists aren’t  going to feature huge reviews or anything like because quite frankly I can’t spel 🙂 Maybe a few words and the odd picture or video in the hope that you’ll want to investigate further via a proper website or indeed jog the old noggin into thinking about and old classic you haven’t visited in a while.

Right here goes.

Friday saw the release of  an update to Capcom’s Street Fighter X Mega Man game and if you missed it and  happen to be a NES Megaman fan then you’re in for a treat….a treat that also happens to be free as well.

Now I totally suck at Megaman games on the NES (in fact, is anyone good at these games?) and I remember the Nintendo Gameboy version getting quite a bit of verbal abuse back in the day.

Street Fighter X Megaman is just as balls hard as the originals and I’m finding that I’m not getting very far at it at all…..yet, I just can’t seem to put the thing down, it’s so addictive 🙂

Top tip, the level against Blanka seems to be a good starting point as this (and Blanka) is fairly easy to complete.


Carmageddon – DOSbox/iOS

Still causing Max Damage with the re-released by GOG edition of the classic PC games as well as the updated  iPad edition. The first level is still the best and gruesome of them all 🙂

Pitch invasion!



Nano Ninja – web

A fun little flash game which uses just one control and with it you must guide your ninja left & right and try to figure out how best to utilise this one control to overcome  each obstacle.


Moon Buggy – Commodore 16

I’ve played so many versions of Moon Buggy and it’s numerous clones on many systems but am thoroughly enjoying the simple yet hugely playable version on the Commodore 16….and for a C16 game it actually looks and scrolls pretty damn smooth too.


Solar Quest – Vectrex

This plays much better on the real hardware with it’s analogue joystick but my Vectrex is tucked away at present so I’ve been messing around with Solar Quest via the iPad Vectrex app and my iCade. It’s a simple game where you shoot, avoid and collect your bounty all under the gravitational pull of the centre star.


Moderate Retribution – ZX Spectrum

A brand new game released for never ageing Speccy and quite a nice little shoot em up it is too.