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Alien Brigade – By Atari

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 Metal Man Reloaded – Oleg Origin

For me this is quite strange. Not because this is my first review for Retro Video Gamer, but actually reviewing a recently released ZX Spectrum game. Being old enough to have lived the 8-bit era and the popular school yard arguments of which system was the best? Commodore 64 or Spectrum, this brings back a lot of childhood memories. Metal Man Reloaded is a side-scrolling platformer from Monument Microgames. Set in the near future where most of the law enforcement in New York is under the control of the mafia crime is very rampant. A few decided they did not want this new regime, so they decided to go underground and fight the crime that goes one. Luckily for them there is a cop named Matthew Cranston, better known as Metal Man. When I first loaded up Metal Man Reloaded I was impressed. The quality of the intro alone made this very intriguing and instantly I was hooked and couldn’t wait to start playing. My first impression of gameplay was wow. For a ZX Spectrum game the graphics looked stunning and you could easily mistake this for a title that was released by a company like Ocean back in the day. The game has a Robocop feel to it and one of the machines that you must take out looks a little bit like an ED-209. The action moves along at a nice pace and the levels are of decent size. And your reward for advancing through the various levels is so that you can take on Frank Slayer, the Godfather of the mafia. This game is great and whether you download the free .TAP version or buy the physical copy, check this out.

Review by acoolgeek77

8/10

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 Megahawk - By Big G

An early shoot 'em up for the C64. In it you took control of a flying magical hawk. The magic power seems to be that you can fire some sort of projectile. The best way to describe this game would be a rail shooter. The game has 6 levels which repeat on a loop(getting harder and harder). The is a time limit for each level. You have to survive long enough. On some levels, you can only move side to side, but on the space levels, vertical movement is allowed. There are a couple of glitches in the game. For example, if you are on the top of the screen on one of the space levels, on the following level you can just stay at the top of the screen and avoid all of the enemies on the ground. The graphics are blocky and quite basic. The sound effects rather simplistic. The game lacks sophistication; especially when compared to the later games of the genre which would appear on the C64. It gets quite repetitive as well. The repeat levels are all very well, but you can't save your name for high scores. No power-ups as well. There is little here to be excited about. Plus, the later space levels can get quite frantic. My advice – avoid.

Review by Katzkatz

3/10

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 Mickey Mouse – By Gremlin Graphics

This was an early Disney tie-in game for their most famous rodent. Mickey is now under your control. At its heart, this is a platform type game. The story set-up is, an Ogre King and his minions have taken over Disney Castle, it is now down to Mickey to take it back. Mickey is armed with two different types of weapons (a water pistol and a large hammer). These need replenishing on a regular basis in the game. Starting off on a sequence of platforms, you have to climb (using the ladders) your way to the top. All the while either avoiding the Ogre King's minions or taking them out. There are doors on some of the platforms, go through these and a mini-game begins. These can take various different forms(e.g. a maze with the enemies in and multiple exits, or a game where Mickey has to destroy some bubbles). Some of the doors are locked, so look out for dropped keys. The final battle is with the Ogre King himself. The graphics are pretty well defined, but compared to the other 8 bit conversions of the game (the Spectrum and Amstrad CPC versions), they do look a bit bland. The music is pretty good, “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” is the game's theme tune (in a nod to Mickey's appearance in “Fantasia”), the sound effects are okay. Sadly however, the gameplay feels a little simplistic. Even the mini-games don't really add much. One for die-hard Disney fans only.

Review by Katzkatz

4/10

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 Myth : History in the Making – System 3

Another late game for the C64. There is a cartridge version of this game available as well. It is an arcade platform type game. Don't confuse it with a text adventure with the similar name! You take control of a warrior on a quest to defeat the evil Daemon. Work your way through the five mythological levels(Ancient Greece, Norse, Celtic, Egypt and a final shoot 'em up style one). Hack and slash your way through the levels(you start off with just your feet and fists though, but as the game progresses you get more weapons). There are some puzzles along the way(e.g. using one of Medusa's heads to defeat her) as well as the ancient gods to battle(e.g. Medusa as mentioned for the Ancient Greek level, Thor and Odin for the Norse one, etc.). Visually the game is quite impressive, only really the scrolling can sometimes appear a little bit sluggish. The sound is of a high quality as well – there is some speech and it is very good. The gameplay is engaging and the large levels mean you have a challenge on your hands. Some of the jumps in the game do require good precision – be patient with it. I wouldn't say that this game could match “First Samurai”, but it comes very close.

Review by Katzkatz

8/10

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