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Something Old, Something New, IN OUTER SPACE!

I’ve been really bad trying to keep up with my blog. However I’ve come up with an idea for an article where I talk about what Retro game, and what new school game that I’ve been recently playing. So here it goes…!

I’m going to make this a Space Age SOSN, so I’m going to start with Ron Hubbard’s Crazy Comets! Continue reading

Virtual Console Games you Should already have (need) on your Wii: Part 2!

Continuing from yesterday’s “Virtual console games you should already have!” Let me get to business with a few of these!

Splatter House

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Unique Games: Bubble Ghost

There are plenty of great games on the Game Boy. Zelda Link’s Awaking, Donkey Kong, Tetris, Dr. Mario. The list goes on and on, but there’s one little incredibly underrated game that hardly anyone has heard of. And that’s Bubble Ghost!

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Bubble Ghost is a maze game, but unlike most maze games where you’re confined to the walls of a maze or labyrinth. In Bubble Ghost, you play as a ghost who can actually go through walls, however there’s a bubble floating about, and the little ghost wants to leave this old house with his bubble in tact. Issue is, there’s plenty of stuff there to burst your precious little bubble.

Be it spikes, flames, hard dryers, or even the heat emitted from candles can burst your little bubble. The idea is simple. You move from room to room, blowing your bubble away from any objects until you get to the final room whereby you can escape from the house with your bubble. The game has a total of 35 levels, and the GameBoy version has a great sound track. I had this game for quite some time and never thought about the game’s roots. I always thought that as it was released by Pony Canyon, a Japanese Software and media company, I thought it came from the east. But I was amazed to find out that it was originally developed closer to home…

Surprisingly, it was originally released on the Commodore 64 in France and later ported to the Atari ST and DOS in the US and Canada. What’s more interesting about this version is the fact that the ghost sprite looks different. Clearly the GameBoy version, had it’s design of the sprite not just so it would appeal to the Japanese audience, but so that it could fit on the GameBoy screens lower screen resolution so that it wouldn’t be too big on-screen.

The PC-DOS version of the game is now abandon-ware. Meaning that you can download the game without the fear of being accused of pirating. As Christophe Andrcani, the designer and programmer of the original game, doesn’t own the rights to it any more. Nor do Accolade, they went bust in 1999, and didn’t take the publishing rights of the game either.

Not only is the PC-DOS game abandon-ware, but there’s a remake of the GameBoy version done by Vision Software and Brothers Soft. You can download this right here.

Before I go though, here’s the music to the GameBoy game that brings back some good memories of gaming’s past!

Llamasoft Time! AMC Attack of the Mutant Camels

Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo, and more Nintendo! OK, I’m pretty sure you guys are tired of me talking about Nintendo games, so let’s talk about other formats shall we?
Not Sega, not Sony, not Microsoft…
Commodore!
More importantly, the Commodore 64!
When I came back from PlayExpo back in October, I had a hankering to play a bit of my classic C64. Not only that, but I had a hankering for some Llamasoft games, as I met Jeff Minter at PlayExpo too. So off to (Fe)eBay I went, and grabbed myself a few Llamasoft tapes! 
Oh yes Kiddies, a lot of games on the Commodore 64 came on audio cassettes!
So, it’s Jeff Minter, it’s Llamasoft, it’s about Camels shooting lasers in space! What’s not to like right?
The game is pretty much a clone of Midway’s Defender, however, the Aliens are replaced with HUGE mutant camels that shoot lasers out of their mouths Godzilla style! So yes, it’s a Jeff Minter game all right!
The Gameplay is fairly obvious, especially if you’ve played Defender before. You’re flying over the surface of a planet with great big huge Camels shooting lasers at you, and you have to shoot them down, but this isn’t like Defender or Space Invaders where you shoot an alien and they die, these mutant camels will need at least twenty shots before keeling over and dying. you start off with six camels, kill each camel and then play a bonus level where you have to avoid other space ships whilst preparing a hyperdrive to speed off to the next planet.
Simple game really, that and the tape loads quickly…
I wish I had this as a kid, I hated waiting from ten to thirty minutes waiting for a tape to load!
I hate to say that this is a short blog, but there’s not a huge amount to say about Attack of the Mutant Camels, you shoot giant camels, they shoot back, you kill them, you play a bonus level, onto the next level, and it’s awesome! Definitely a good pick for the C64!