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Tecnoball

January 12, 2021 AtariCrypt

Brick Buster?Tecnoball Z was published in 1991 by TLK Game and is a Breakout conversion developed by Pierre Denis. Weirdly, I’d never heard of this game until a good friend happened to mention it a few weeks ago (thanks Paul). Sadly, I have no idea whether it was ever officially …

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Athanor II The Legend Of The Birdmen

January 10, 2021 AtariCrypt

Somebody once told me that the Atari ST died back in the 90s yet here we are (again) with another brand new game to play! Okay, it may have taken me a little longer than I planned to raise the cash but I’ve just received what is the latest Atari …

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Hero Quest

December 26, 2020 AtariCrypt

A board game? Meh, no thanks…HeroQuest is one of those ST games I’ve seen mentioned many times yet, somehow I’ve never bothered with it. That’s probably because it’s a board game and I’m not exactly a fan of those (except Monopoly!). The ST adaptation is modelled on that turn-based board …

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Iceblox Plus

November 27, 2020 AtariCrypt

Yet Another New Game?Okay, I might be a couple of years late but here is Iceblox Plus, a brand new Pengo remake by Karl Hornell. It’s based on the recent C64 conversion – which is actually based on the old mobile phone original. Phew, that’s quite some history and it’s …

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Sine Scrollers?

November 7, 2020 AtariCrypt

I’ve always had a thing for sinus scrollers! I mean, just look at it. Gorgeous!! This screen is called The Two-Screens-Together Demo by Black Byte/Bytechangers and weighs in at only 3.5Kb – less than JetPac!! But why so tiny? Well, it was programmed for the first-ever STNICCC in their “VIC …

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Go Ahead Make My Bed

October 31, 2020 AtariCrypt

I figured I needed to make a silly video for Halloween and what better than Chainsaw Massacre by The Lost Boys? It’s a short and nostalgically entertaining but also a fantastic example of the banter between ST groups. I love this a lot and ended the show with a beautifully-scary …

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Techno Cop

October 23, 2020 AtariCrypt

I Am The Law!Have you ever booted up something that instantly felt cheap and tacky yet you spent hours playing and never once considered hitting the reset button? Think Club Drive for the Atari Jaguar… Well, here is a game by Gremlin Graphics that tries to blend together two genres: …

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GEM Desktop Music

October 18, 2020 AtariCrypt

Over the decades, I’ve seen many neat programs that would play a piece of chipmusic, in GEM, as a background task. I always thought this was so cool and wondered why there wasn’t more. Well, it turns out that there are a lot on several Budgie UK disks. I don’t …

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Evasion II

October 16, 2020 AtariCrypt

Evasion 2 was developed by Chris Skellern for Budgie UK and is a maze game where we run around collecting pills whilst being chased. Yes, I know this sounds all too familiar but the structure of the gameplay mechanics is different and quite the rush. Each level offers a chance …

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Dave Semmens

October 10, 2020 AtariCrypt

It’s now over three years ago since I featured a platformer called Spellfire The Sorceror, something that I hadn’t previously heard about so was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It’s tons of fun and very easy to pick up & play. Plus another glaring example that the Atari …