Retro Remakes Mini Arcade to the rescue.

My stamina has certainly been put to the test this week having some pretty hefty I.T. infrastructure issues as work resulted in another eye drooping 24 hour shift followed by a few hours of sleep  followed up with another 4:30am drive back into work and non stop for the next 18 hours. Sleep has been like that elusive powerup that’s just out of reach on that rock hard schmup you’ve been trying to finish.

So, in need of a little pick me up during  lunch break and without having to use too many already exhausted brain cells, it’s the vintage video games I turn to and a particular remake that simplifies a bunch of them even more.

The Retro Remakes Mini Arcade by Minionsoft is a collection of eight vintage games, simplified into little 32×32 pixellated renditions of the classics we all know and love. Enter the arcade and you can  step up to play Space Invaders, Asteroids, Pacman, Scramble, Frogger, Centipede, Arkanoid and Pole Position.

Retro Remakes Mini Arcade

Here’s a scaled up screenshot so you can see all the little details. Each game has the original sounds samples and little touches to each game which I’m sure will make most of you retro gamers smile  . Brilliant stuff indeed from Minionsoft.

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You can download the Retro Remake Mini Arcade (Windows) here –http://www.minionsoft.com/wordpress/?page_id=193

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Pac Man vs Manic Miner

Another Play Expo highlight was meeting Jim Bagley and playing on his newest project, the ‘Pac-Manic Miner-Man’ arcade machine. Jim is an oldschool programmer who has working for such giants like Ocean software and worked on some of their well know games and coin-op conversions. He’s a really nice chap to talk too and a regular guest at gaming events like this one.

For this project Jim has ported the ZX Spectrum version of Manic Miner to play on the same hardware PCB as Midway’s arcade classic Pac-Man. Bonkers I know, but when the chaps at custom arcade builders Turnarcades heard about it, they just had to give the project it’s own bespoke mini arcade cabinet.

Jim was all to happy to give me a tour including a looksee inside.

My friends Max and Jackie helped provide some of the side artwork and beta testing and so it was a real nice surprise for them to see that they’d been including in the game credits.

The cabinet should be making another appearance at the Retro Computer Museum members event in December so it’ll be nice to see it again away from the crowds at Play Expo.

Again, truly bonkers but oh so Awesome-Ness.