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20 years ago: Pelit gaming magazine 1/2002

I have some good friends. One of them left me with two bags of old computer gaming magazines. And this gave me an idea. The bags have, as far as I can tell with a cursory glance, all issues of Pelit (translates to "games") magazine fro...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: A game that never was

I recall someone saying something like that a game designer has fourteen game ideas per day, and maybe one of them is any good. This is a story of one of those thirteen ideas. I made a partial prototype and an incomplete GUI mockup, bu...

 
 
 

Quick try: Black Widow: Recharged (2021)

Not a marvel. Black Widow: Recharged (Adamvision Studios/SneakyBox/Atari, 2021) is an updated take on Black Widow (Atari, 1982), an old arcade twinstick shooter. The original can be found at least on Atari Vault, and that's where I too...

 
 
 

Quartet on MSX (Ilkke & bitsofbas, 2018)

No relation to Quintet. Quartet is a puzzle game that has made its rounds on multiple platforms before landing on MSX in 2018, courtesy of Ilkke and bitsofbas. The original concept appears to be from a Flash game Quartet (Photon Storm,...

 
 
 

The Menace from Triton (Brain Games, 2020)

Konami's Nemesis is arguably one of the most popular game series on MSX. For Santiago Ontañón's The Menace from Triton (2020), that is also a key inspiration. The author has also stated that Steredenn (Pixelnest Studio, 2...

 
 
 

MSXdev'21 -- ten of my favourites

MSXdev is a long-running game dev compo for the MSX computers. The deadline for entries of the 2021 edition was the end of August 2021, and a record number of entries took part. Coincidentally, the rewards were also higher than ever be...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: Reuse

MSXdev'21 will have its deadline on August 31st, 2021, and I wanted to add in my entry as well. This year, I didn't manage to make a brand-new game from scratch. Instead, I chose to just update my previous adventure game engine and wri...

 
 
 

Putting yourself on the map

I've been orienteering a few times this spring. The control points are in the forest for one week, I can buy a copy of the map with the control points' locations and with that, I can go find them when I want (within that week), at my o...

 
 
 

BoB: Photoshoot the Bullets

This time, I'll tell you about a game where the player has to take photos of youkai to defeat them. I thought of trying to make you believe I'm talking about Project Zero, but no, can't do that. There are some similarities, though -- y...

 
 
 

Captain is Dead, the Steam version

If you've followed my qtoid posts in February, you may have noticed me frequently posting about Captain is Dead. As a Star Trek fan that this game introduced into boardgaming, I have something of a soft spot for it. Captain is Dead is ...

 
 
 

Impressions on G-MODE Archives29 Zanac

I didn't expect to see these happening: rereleases of feature phone games on modern platforms. Zanac was an 1986 shmup by Compile, whose later titles included Blazing Lazers, Puyo Puyo and Aleste. This gives Zanac a fair bit of histori...

 
 

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