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Double Dragon

Taito's Double Dragon

Antique Code Show It was the summer of 1989 in a not-so-sunny Prestatyn Pontins, so the majority of our holiday's evenings were spent in the resort's arcade hall. Being my first foray into the seedy underbelly of cutting-edge - well, for 1987, when the game debuted, at least - videogames, one of the first arcades I ever played was the side- …
Andy Davies, 22 Nov 2012
Head over Heels

Head over Heels

Antique Code Show Inspired no doubt by two years pondering the literal semantics of Tears For Fears' 1985 hit, Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond's Head Over Heels was an absolute masterful exploration game for the 8-bit era. Drawn in the same isometric vein as Knight's Lore and Ritman and Drummond's own Batman - no, not Arkham City, although I'd buy …
Andy Davies, 09 May 2012
Dizzy ZX Spectrum screenshot

Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure Part Deux

Antique Code Show For my money, one of the greatest games ever made for the Amstrad CPC was Fantasy World Dizzy. At age seven, I was positively ravenous for my fix of Dizzy's latest adventures, and my brimming fervour to play it was good training wheels for the likes of Sonic 2 and Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition. Fantasy World Dizzy …
Andy Davies, 18 Jan 2012
Dizzy ZX Spectrum screenshot

Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure

Antique Code Show Resident Evil is considered a classic by many. But did you know that the design of the first three games was popularised ten years prior by a little eggy wegg? Dizzy was never actually conceived as an egg. His rotund form emerged merely as a way for Philip and Andrew Oliver to more easily spin the little fellow during his eight …
Andy Davies, 04 Jan 2012
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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

Antique Code Show Nobody wants to wake up in the wilderness with no memory of how they got there - though it sounds eerily reminiscent of a typical Saturday morning in Camden Town. Flashback: Quest for Identity screenshot Who are you? More to the point, who am I? But that's just what's happened to Conrad Hart - and he doesn't even have …
Andy Davies, 12 Oct 2011

Wacom Bamboo tablet

Review The latest in Wacom's range of graphics tablets is the stylish and compact Bamboo model, which in addition to assisting with hand-written notes and memos, is also designed to replace the more standard-issue mouse. Wacom Bamboo tablet Wacom's Bamboo: at 20 x 18.6 x 1.07cm, it doesn't take up much space This ultra-light, …
Andy Davies, 15 Aug 2007