Friday, 22 July 2016

Pac-Pac Commodore Plus/4 Pac-Man

Another Pac-Man clone? Surely the world has enough of these, we don't need another one! Well in this case, maybe we do. The trouble with Pac-Man clones, particularly ones on classic 8-bit systems, is that they tend to be absolutely awful. This version breaks the mold however, it's fast responsive, looks good and sounds good. All in all much better than the dire offerings that often get passed off as Pac-Man. It takes a few liberties with the format of original arcade game, but it's still clearly Pac-Man and worth a download if you like that sort of thing. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

It's the demo season - With Spectravison and PC Engine!

Yep, it's that time of year again when demo parties start happening. Lots of interesting demos are on the way, but what's caught my eye are these two releases from the Edison 2016 party.

The first is this demo for the very obscure Spectravideo 328, another early 80's machine that has been largely forgotten about. This demo is pretty cool and looks rather MSXesque, which is no surprise as the Spectravideo 328 is apparently the system that the MSX standard was based on.

This demo is from a much more well known system, the good old NEC  PC Engine/ Turbogrfx, but it's still a system that doesn't get a lot of demo attention, so this is pretty cool too. It's an invite to the Datastorm 2017 party, early I suppose, but if this is a harbinger of what's to come then it may be worth waiting for.