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Simon

I’m not sure why the circular beeping toy was called Simon. As far as I know, it is the only toy to be given a human name. I liked the fact that he was human. I felt more connected to my Simon than my other toys. Me and my Simon got on really well. So […]

Teddy Ruxpin

Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic teddy bear that would come to life and read you stories. Don’t get me wrong, he was no Chucky from Childs Play, no no no, he was a cute bear whose calming voice was incredibly entertaining and in no way disturbing. You inserted specific Teddy Ruxpin story cassettes into the […]

Skool Daze

Skool Daze, originally released 1984 on the Spectrum and C-64, is being remade, and this time its an official remake from Alternative Software! In the original you played the part of Eric. The aim of Skool Daze was to retrieve Eric’s school report from the headmasters office by making the teachers shout out individual numbers […]

Speak and Spell

What an amazing piece of 80s electronic gadgetry this was! A bright orange TALKING computer game, with loads of buttons and LOADS of spelling games! I loved my Speak and Spell! It was created by Texas Instruments and was probably the most popular toy of 1978. It practically ate batteries, using 4 at a time, […]

ZX Vega – Hands on

The ZX Vega was recently launched at SMS Electronics in Beeston, Nottingham. (Link to a video of the production in the factory is at the bottom of the page, via @JuicyGameReview.) We were invited to play test the new console and have a tour of the factory where they were made, along with a few […]

Screwball Scramble

Tomy were responsible for many electronic games and toys in the 80s including the Tomytronics, Omnibot, Lights Alive and Super Cup Football. They were also quite good at games that didn’t require batteries. The aim of Screwball Scramble is to navigate a ball bearing around a course in the quickest time possible. You would put […]

Etch a Sketch

After receiving a Speak and Spell for Christmas one year, with its bright orange rectangular shape, I was over the moon to receive an Etch a Sketch a few years after! If was equally bright, equally complicated looking and equally rectangular. Unfortunately, that was where the similarities stopped. It didn’t take any batteries, it didn’t […]

Space Invaders

I love Space Invaders on any format. It doesn’t matter whether it is in an arcade, on an Atari 2600, in a more recent reincarnation on Xbox, or on an 80s handheld such as this. I found out recently after reading the Taito twitter feed, Taito being the creators and distributors of Space Invaders, the […]

Pac-Man

Pac-Man is brill. Along with Space Invaders, I can play this for hours. I’m not very good at it, having never been past about level 10, but I think it is an excellent game. This version is…. well, ok I suppose. As with all “conversions” it has good points and bad points. The good ones […]

I Vant To Bite Your Finger

“I Vant To Bite Your Finger! You play it in the dark! And if Count Dracula bites you, he’ll leave a Vampire mark!” Advertising jingles were ace in the 80s! This was a bizarre up to 4 player game in which you had to make your way around a board overlooked by a huge caped […]

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