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BEST ARCADE GAMES IN 1980 — September 5, 2015

BEST ARCADE GAMES IN 1980

Long time no see! It took my a long time to process – I needed to decide the future of this blog! I am not able to continue it as it was before!

First of all I need to explain, there will be a change – from now on I am just going to upload pictures of the best games released! There are too many games- it is nearly impossible to say something about all of them. And I did not want to give up – so hopefully you won’t be mad!

And here are the 13 best arcade games released in 1980:

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HOME COMPUTER GAMES IN 1980 — June 11, 2015

HOME COMPUTER GAMES IN 1980

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS TI-99 – had a decent year. We saw the release of many puzzle and action games, also a version of Space Invaders was released. Here are some of the titles I enjoyed most:

3459i1p01Hustle – is a worm-like game with some differences. First of all, its a game with two players on single screen (one could be computer) able to block off each other and collect more points than opponent! Its fast paced, smooth and fun!

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CarWarsManualNewCar Wars – is a port of arcades Head On. With some improvements! In this game you have to drive in circles and collect dots (like in Pac-Man), but you also have an opponent who you must avoid! It is actually the first version of this game I enjoyed, all the other ports (including the original) were not that responsive and smooth. A fun game to spend your time with!

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wumpusnewmHunt The Wumpus – is a hide and seek format computer game where your mission is to stay alive – not to fall into the pits and not to get eaten by the monster. Its a different and fun game to try! Recommended to everybody!

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tiinvadersmTI Invaders – another decent port of the Space Invaders! Even after so many ports of this game, its still fun to pick up and play!

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APPLE II – also had a decent year! Apple II was mostly in picture with many RPG and graphical/text adventure games. Some of these games are remember for being first (or one of the first ones) of the genre. And here are the best:

hellfire-cover-atariHellfire Warrior – is a direct sequel to Temple of Apshai! An early enjoyable RPG for retro gamers! Maybe a bit aged but give it a try. Little advice would be to start from the Temple of Apshai – Hellfire Warrior is made for expert players!

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rescue_at_rigel_k7Rescue at Rigel – a science fiction RPG, where your aim is to rescue 10 human captives in 60 minutes. Was a decent fun for the time! For nowadays the graphics and gameplay have aged! But if you were young back then you may still like it!

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a6c16e0a0f33d2a1cdf76bbce523ed9aOdyssey: The Compleat Apventure – is an early dungeons&dragons-like RPG game. It has very basic and a bit boring graphics but for the time of its release it holds up! Most of the actions take place on an island, where you need to find castle and ruins, fight with monsters and collect treasures!

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Mission_Asteroid_CoverMission Asteroid – is one of the first graphical adventure games. Made by On-Line Systems (now known as Sierra Entertainment). Your aim is to get to the asteroid and blow it up! Sounds fun? It definitely is!

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250px-VoodooCastleGameVoodoo Castle – is a text adventure game, where your aim is to wake up Count Cristo by moving around and solving puzzles! A fun game for text adventure fans!

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zork-i-box-coverZork I: The Great Underground Adventure – is an early and on of the most famous text adventure game, where can type in quite advanced text commands – not limited to two words like many other games in this genre! Game takes place in the Great Underground Empire and your aim is to get out of there alive and with treasures. A must try game for all video game fans!

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ATARI 8 BIT – it was good to own an Atari 8 bit home computer in 1980. First of all, more video games were released on Atari home computers than on any other gaming device. And you could choose between very different games – from RPG-s to text adventures, strategy to arcade games. So lets have a look at the best games on Atari 8 bit home computers!

Dogbite! and Domination – these two simulation strategy games were awsome! In Dogbite you must deliver post without being bitten. You get a description of the situation and then you can choose between different options, trying to succeed! In Domination like the name says your aim is to dominate – by selling and buying goods like gold or petrol and making and army to take over!

European countries and capitals – is a knowledge based game. Your aim is to answer correctly to questions related to countries and their capitals in Europe. Somehow – lots of fun!

More thinking games. Lords of Karma and Inspector Clew-So – fun text adventure games! A must for all the text adventure game fans!

Datestones of Ryn and Morloc’s Tower – two fantastic RPG-s for the time. They are both part of Dunjonquest series. A must play for oldschool RPG-s fans!

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Lunar Lander, Mountain Shoot and Roundup – these three fun action/puzzle/arcade games give a lot of quality time if you like more fast paced and action orientated games!

These were the best games on home computers in 1980!

In my next post I will write about best Arcade games in 1980!

See you soon!

TRS-80 COLOR COMPUTER (COCO) — June 10, 2015

TRS-80 COLOR COMPUTER (COCO)

480px-TRS-80_Color_Computer_1_front_rightTRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo / Tandy Color Computer)  – is a line of home computers released by Radio Shack. It had three generations of hardware and it lasted until 1991. Despite its name, it has nothing in common with earlier TRS-80! It has colors, a different processor (Motorola 6809) and its even not compatible with TRS-80.

In 1980 we saw the release of 9 games, but none of them deserves a special attention! Instead, in my next posts I will take a closer look at the other home computer games released in 1980 and come back to Coco when it has some good games to offer! And it might happen already in 1981?

Stay tuned and see you soon!

HOME CONSOLE GAMES IN 1980: PART 2 — May 30, 2015

HOME CONSOLE GAMES IN 1980: PART 2

ATARI 2600 – Atari had a strong year! They finally started to live up to expectations. One of the main reasons behind the success was the release of the Space Invaders. Suddenly everybody wanted to have it at home and not just that, they started to buy the other games what Atari had released before. But enough talking – here are the best games from Atari in 1980:

_-Space-Invaders-Atari-2600-VCS-_Space Invaders – of course I need to start with Space Invaders – another port of the Arcade’s super hit at home, and a good one! But everybody knows the game, so you should definitely try this version too – if you haven’t before!

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b_Othello_Color_frontOthello – maybe not the most innovative game, but a decent port of Arcade’s video game. Except the graphics, the game is same – it’s a chess-like puzzle game, where you need to change the pieces on the board into your colors. hard to explain, but it’s smooth, runs well and it’s easy to play! A must for people who like chess-like games!

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steeplechase_video_gems_cart_2Steeplechase – is a horse riding game! Normally I would not be excited, but this game has a quite decent gameplay – it’s smooth, good graphics for the time, easy to play and easy to control your rider. For the first time, horse riding is fun!

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realsports_boxing_red_pal_cart_2Boxing – is a boxing game! Don’t let the cover fool you – it’s more like a crab fight! But, it’s megatons of fun! This game was actually really innovative for the time – it was one of the first games with bigger characters. So appreciate the past, have fun with crabs in single player or two player mode!

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fishing_derby_int_pag_cart_2Fishing Derby – you must be thinking I’m nuts by now – a fishing game? Yes – and the reason is simple, it’s the the shark! This shark is one of the first bigger real looking characters in video games history. So better catch your fish, do it faster than your opponent or else – it will get you! A nice way to spend your time!

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skiing_int_pag_cart_2Skiing – another downhill skiing video game – maybe not the most innovative or original, but it’s the smoothest and best looking skiing game so far for sure! Play alone or beat your friend – the time is merciless!

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Bally Astrocade – it was another disappointing year from Astrocade! Just one game was released (Dog Patch) – and even if it’s not a bad game, it’s not so good either! It’s just a two player can shooting game! Aim, get the rhythm and shoot!

INTELLIVISION – after a proper release of the system the game was on! Finally we saw loads and loads of quality releases on system (mostly sports – due to lack of 3rd party support and Atari 2600 had already licensed most of the mayor arcade titles, but it got better for Intellivision later on). But even so, Intellivision had become a serious competitor!

220px-AutoRacingNABoxArtIntellivisionAuto Racing – is a racing game, which had amazing graphics for the time! Unfortunately only possible to play with two players, but still a lot of fun!

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_-NASL-Soccer-Intellivision-_NASL Soccer – is an early soccer game – one of the first that started to look like soccer, not only dots and squares moving around! Was a soccer game to go with in early 80s – for two players only!

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_-NBA-Basketball-Intellivision-_NBA Basketball – the most realistic basketball game released so far! Recommended to all the basketball fans! By today’s standards it has aged like all these other titles, but at the time its release it was unbelievable realistic!

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INTV nhl hockey boxNHL Hockey – not much necessary to say – like all the other sport releases, this hockey game was the most realistic hockey game ever released!

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220Tennis – is a tennis game – most realistic at the time of its release!

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Skiing_IntellivisionU.S. Ski Team Skiing – is a skiing game – one of many (and maybe even not that advanced compared with others). But there is something in this game what makes it good enough to be amongst the best titles in 1980! Try yourself and I believe you will like it too! A fun game to spend time with!

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And that’s it – time to move on! In my next post I will write about CoCo (TRS-80 Color Computer) and then I will start playing all the home computer games released in 1980! Got to be excited!

Stay tuned!

HOME CONSOLE GAMES IN 1980: PART 1 — May 27, 2015

HOME CONSOLE GAMES IN 1980: PART 1

In this section I am going to play all the video games released for the home consoles in 1980 (and few what were released maybe a year later – it is not easy to find the exact release dates for all these games). I had to split this section into two parts. In the first part I will play games for Fairchild Channel F, 1292 Family Consoles and Magnavox Odyssey 2 consoles. In the second part I will take a look at the games for Atari 2600, Bally Astrocade and Intellivision consoles.

Fairchild Channel F – first, to get done with Fairchild Channel F (re-released by Zircon), I decided to play all the games released in 1980/1981 by Fairchild and Zircon. It wasn’t huge challenge, there were only 5+1 games to play (one was actually a homebrew what was released in 2009). And then again, it was a challenge – all these games compared with games for the other systems in 1980 were horribly aged! But just to get the idea, I played them all! And after playing all these 6 games, I could only recommend to try two of those – Alien Invasion and homebrew game Pac-Man (was actually not released before 2009). Alien invasion is a clone/port of Space Invaders and Pac-Man is a homebrew version of Pac-Man for the Arcades.

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1292 Family Consoles – same story as with Channel F – not only were all the games aged, it was hard to find the exact released dates and I decided to play all the remaining library! And there were not many, also only 6 more games released after 1980 (or somewhere around 1980). And to be honest, none of them is worth to waste your time! Better skip it!

Magnavox Odyssey 2 – strongest competitor so far (compared with Channel F and 1292 Family)! Many things were happening this year. Almost all the games were re-released (unfortunately I didn’t find much information about the reasons – if you know something about it, please let me know!). But also many new games (around 30 titles) were released! My mission was to try them all and then tell you about it – and here are the best games of those:

da4c8c76-7bd8-11e4-8fb0-9a68a06cde3dStone Sling/Smithereens/Catapult – is a catapult/tower attack game, where your mission is to take down your enemy’s tower and catapult! It is a fun two-player game – unfortunately you cannot try your skills against the computer! But still definitely one of the best games for the system!

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4e060f10-9c91-012c-e01b-0050569439b1Skiing – is a fun single and two-player downhill skiing game. That being said, it is a decent game and a must try especially for winter sports fans!

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08994400-9cac-012c-ec76-0050569428b1Jumping Acrobats – is a port of Arcade game called Circus. You may ask, what is this game doing here, in this list? And I can answer – out of all the different versions (including the original), this is the best version of this game so far. It has smooth and responsive gameplay, it has colors and it has death picture! Other than that, its just a fun game to kill your time with!

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cf08a3a0-9cad-012c-e03d-0050569439b1Satellite Attack – is another fun Asteroids-like space shooter. But it plays a little differently – you can’t always choose what you are going to shoot. Every time you move your aim moves clockwise! And that actually makes this game even more enjoyable, like a little twist to the gameplay. One of the best games for the system!

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6ca01a40-9cb2-012c-ec84-0050569428b1Munchkin/K.C. Munchkin! – is a Pac-Man-like game, which due to similarities was even sued by Atari and the production was ceased! Some people would say – yes, it’s a ripoff, but it’s actually better than Pac-Man! I am going to use my privilege and let you to decide, which one is better! Definitely one of the all time best games for Magnavox Odyssey 2 / Philips Videopac G7000!

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d71c7930-9d58-012c-ecef-0050569428b14-in-1 Row – is a fun puzzle game! You can play it against the computer or against your friend – your aim is to line up 4 pieces horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Pieces will be dropped from the top and they will fall until they reach the ground or touch other pieces, so you can’t put your pieces everywhere. Recommended for puzzle game fans, but even I enjoyed it – and I don’t like puzzle games that much!

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That should be it! If I missed any of the games what definitely should be here – please send me an email: predrulez@gmail.com

See you in the PART 2

NINTENDO – GAME & WATCH —

NINTENDO – GAME & WATCH

gunpei_yokoi_vacant_expo-17Game & Watch – is a series of electronic handheld games (every console had just one built in game and no possibilities to change it). Other than that, it included a clock and/or an alarm. It was a product to put Nintendo amongst the market leaders of the video games industry!

Games were split into the series and in 1980 we saw the release of the Silver Series, which contained five games – Ball, Flagman, Vermin, Fire and Judge! All simple games, controlled mostly with just two buttons! But it didn’t mean less fun – they were highly popular!

After being lucky to try all of them, I must say my favorites are Ball and Fire – others are fun too, but these kept me busy for hours! Ball is a juggling game, where you have to make sure you are not going to drop the balls. In Fire you take control of two firemen with trampoline and catch the people falling from the burning building.

In my next post I will take a closer look at the best games for home consoles.

Stay tuned!