I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been enjoying the ‘Living Room Console‘ at Archive.org which is a collection of vintage games consoles and games which you can play directly from within a webrowser. If you haven’t tried it yet, head on over there right now for some great retro gaming fun – I find running it with Firefox give you a massive speed boost compared to Internet Explorer and certainly a massive improvement than using Chrome (come on Google, you’re my web browsing weapon of choice!).
Of the emulated consoles available, the Bally Astrocade is the only one that I’ve never had the pleasure of playing before (digital or physically) and I’m absolutely loving what this little box of faux woodgrain and smoked plastic has to offer.
They’re not wrong, for late 70’s tech, the Astrocade sure is a ‘Professional Arcade’.
..but enough messing with the Calculator and Creative Crayon, here’s a look at some of my new favourites.
Galactic Invasion 2011
This is really nice Galaxians clone which is surprisingly very well animated considering it’s age and compared to the Atari 2600 version for example. Sadly, there’s no sound via this online emulator so you’ll have to make up your own. I recommend ‘pyu-pyu’ for your laser and a Duke Nukem ‘Hail to the king baby’ when you’ve completed a wave.
The Incredible Wizard.
This Wizards of Wor style game has been seriously eating into my free time this week, its one superb little arcade game. Basically, run around the dungeon trying not to get hit by any of the evil Wizards minions…well, they must be evil right? Anyone that looks at you in a funny way, give them a blast with your wizarding stick. Further into the game, you’ll come up against the big cheese who shall not be named . Smyte him with extreme prejudice and thy shall be rewarded.
That radar at the bottom of the screen will come in handy later on as it appears that said evil minions have nicked Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility. Sneaky boggers!
Reminiscent of an old VIC-20 game I used to play called Cyclon Zap, Space Fortress will test your reflexes as you defend your ship against enemy assault from all sides. Space Fortress is one of those accessible games which anyone can pick it up an instantly get playing yet still provides a real challenge for veteran shooters.
Move your (yellow) cannon up, down, left or right and shoot anything that appears on screen. Everything starts off nice and slowly at first giving you plenty of reaction time to move and shoot. Gradually the game gets faster and faster and you’ll really need to be on your game to keep alive. If not, don’t worry, there’s actually a rather nice screen filling explosion effect to watch should your Space Fortress get hit.
Loving these Astrocade colourful pixels.
Looking and playing a little bit like Defender, this fun little schmup is great fun for a short time. What is impressive is how smoothly it runs and scrolls even when there’s plenty of activity on screen. I wonder if the game on the original hardware was this smooth?
Great games, and great box covers too.