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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 […]

Speak & Maths

The Speak & Maths, from Texas Instruments, was the follow up to the amazing Speak & Spell. It was the same shape but a silver, orange and blue theme. As with the Speak & Spell, it would ask you questions of varying difficulty based on the mode you selected and you keyed in the answer. […]

Major Morgan

Major Morgan was a music device made by Playskool. It was designed to look like a marching band member, with a blue uniform and a nice red hat. It featured 16 separately numbered squares, each of which produced a different tone when pressed. In the box you also got a few pre-printed cards. These cards […]

Game and Watch

Nintendo have lead the gaming revolution since the late 70s. WAY before the 3DS, before the Wii, before the DSi, DS lite and DS, before the N64, the SNES, the Gameboy and the NES, there were… Game And Watches. These pocket-sized rectangles of fun were originally single screen LCD games. No colour display, just black […]

Munchman

Grandstand made some amazing games in the 80s! Munchman was a blatant Pac-Man clone. It had a maze, a dot eating character, ghosts, power-ups, the repetitive eating noise… it’s even shaped like Pac-Man himself, minus the mouth! The idea was to guide the Munchman around the maze, eating dots and avoiding the ghosts. The LEDs […]

Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, originally released in 1977, is credited as being the first home computer games console to allow plug-in games. In reality that credit should go to the Fairchild Channel F, released a year earlier. It was the Atari 2600, however, that popularised the format. There were hundreds of cardridge games released for the […]

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