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 –





Space Rawks on my Arcade machine.

Ever since I first watching my old brother play Asteroids in a cafe near to our school , I’ve always been drawn (in a straight line 🙂 ) to vector based arcade games such as Omega Race, Lunar Lander, Battlezone and Star Wars of course…it’s just something about those intense glowing lines moving incredibly smoothly against a darkened backdrop. To a much younger me, vector graphics were a symbol of the future. Today, they symbolise retro and boy do I love my retro.

As such, I’m a Vectrex player and alongside emulation with Mame/AAE I’m always seeking out all forms of vector styled games be it new concepts or remakes of original arcade classics. One developer that’s been releasing some truly outstanding games over the past few years is Sokurah of Tardis Remakes.

Available predominately for Windows PC (although there are quite a few for OSX now) his current roster of Vector styled games are –

Omega Race (2006 and 2009 edition) – Brilliant rendition of Midways classic.

Rip Off – Sadly, I never came across Rip-Off in the arcades as it’s one of my favourites on my Vectrex. Sokurah’s release is such a joy to play and looks amazing with those digital backdrops.

Star Castle – Another arcade/Vectrex classic. Check out the Atari 2600 port if you haven’t already.

Black Widow – A brilliant remake of Atari’s dual stick shooter (even more so than the original I think) and plays incredibly well when setup with a PC dual stick controller.

Zektor – It’s like Omega Race, Rip-off, Star Castle and Asteroids all in one game! Again, another machine that I didn’t come across in the arcades although I fear my pocket money would not have lasted very long if I had.

Space Fury – Intense Schmup action which gets even better (see below)

Arcadia – A vector styled re ‘imagine’-ation (sorry!) of an early 8-bit hit. I spent many happy hours playing this way back then on my humble Vic-20 , and this new version is just as fun and looks amazing with all that neon glow.

….and finally, his latest game, Space Rawks which is based around Asteroids Deluxe but with a shed load more rocks, plenty of power ups and frequent visits from those pesky saucers.

Just look at those gridlines…heaven 🙂


As with previous games, you’ll find plenty of useful options including redefinable controls and the ability to jack up (or down) the amount of vector glow.


‘Sir, the possibilities of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 3,720 to 1’. I’d say, twice that judging by my score!


I didn’t think that playing these game could get any better but man, how wrong was I after transferred them over to my arcade machine.

Classic controls and extra bass from the wooden cabinet.

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Space Fury – Of all the games I’m tried, this one plays so well on an upright cab and feels just like a genuine coin-op arcade game from the 80’s.

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I do hope that Sokurah continues to make these games so spread the word and show your support by visiting –

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!