Retro

Sprucing Up my BBC Master

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:50

We've been in our new house for a few months now, so it's high time that I made use of my study room and started doing some retrocomputing! My BBC Master which was packed away as a result of space concerns has been pulled out of storage, but is in need of some serious sprucing up. Thankfully, RetroClinic are on hand to help! With that in mind, I'll be doing the following to it....

Getting "Yellow River Kingdom" Working on RISC OS Pico

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 01/01/2016 - 15:59
I recently got my copy of RISC OS Pico, and the very first thing that I wanted to try was running some software from the BBC Welcome Disc. Now, my favourite item on there was a game called Yellow River Kingdom. You are in charge of a village, and each turn involves allocating resources to defence, farming, and so on. Your population withers or flourishes as a result.

Cascade 50: Noughts and Crosses ?!

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 07:53

Right, so I fired up my tape drive, and up next, we seemed to be loading “NOU”. The only thing I could think of was the word “Nougat”. Had Cascade somehow contrived to create a game based on confectionery? It was one hell of a long tape load, so I was expecting greatness. Oh, Cascade how you taunt me with omens of goodness!

Well, here was what loaded up:

Noughts and Crosses?

Cascade 50: Psion Attack

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 19:29

Judging from the main menu, Psion attack doesn’t know whether it’s called Psion Attack or Zion Attack, but I’m pretty sure it wants to be called Cylon Attack and they changed the name to avoid getting sued, because the one thing that looks like a sprite looks like one of those cylon things from Battlestar Galactica.

Personally, I would have liked it to be called Zion Attack, because that would be topical and potentially edgy, although I suppose now “The Matrix” has poisoned that particular well.

Sleuth (DOS Game from the 80s) reinterpreted in Javascript!

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:01

Play Sleuth JS!.

I'm sure lots of you out there remember the excellent DOS game Sleuth, which was written by Eric N. Miller in the 1980s. I absolutely loved it, and still play it at Christmas with the family. Unfortunately, it requires an emulator to run nowadays, which can be a bit fiddly.

Cascade 50: Space Mission

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 15:06

Alright! This was the first true stinker that I’ve encountered! This is a one-button game where you have to hit the space bar before a random number generator decides that a planet has blown up. If enough fuel has been loaded before you hit space, your rocket flies off the top of the screen. I’m guessing that this game could randomly kill you at any point.

As you can see, I turned it off pretty quickly, as it’s barely even a game! Ah, well, this is the beauty of the Cascade Cassette 50!