K.C. Munchkin – Odyssey²/Videopac

“How many Munchies can your Munchkin munch before your Munchkin’s all munched out????”

That is the question posed on the box of the controversial (at the time) Odyssey²/Videopac game, K.C. Munchkin. That question also serves as a succinct synopsis of a game with an interesting history.

Designed & programmed by Ed Averett and released for the Odyssey²/Videopac in 1981, K.C. Munchkin is, in essence, a Pac-Man clone […]

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This Month in . . . 1983 (February)

The month of February would get off with a bang for horror fans. Released on the same day, The Entity would go head-to head with David Cronenberg’s body horror classic Videodrome. Directed by Palm D’or nominated director Sidney J. Furie (The Ipcress File), The Entity was based on the real life Doris Bither case and tells the story of a malevolent poltergeist who purportedly raped and tormented her for years […]

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Retro Gaming Archives – Winter/Spring 1984

1984 was a tough year for video gaming releases.

For many of us it was just another year and the words “video”, “game” and “crash” were never uttered consecutively. There was still a plethora of Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision consoles and games available in toy stores across the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. The advent of home computer gaming was as mainstream as it had ever been […]

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BurgerTime – Colecovision, Intellivision, Arcade

Data East’s BurgerTime was one of my go-to arcade games as a kid.

I dug the concept of controlling the frantic and portly chef Peter Pepper, moving up, down and left and right across the stages, or dropping ingredients (buns, lettuce, tomatoes, burgers, etc.) down from above by walking over them to make hamburgers at the bottom of the screen […]

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Splatterhouse – Turbografx-16/PC Engine

Do you want head smashing, gut splashing, grotesque monstrosity pummeling action this Halloween? If the answer is yes (and of course it is), then Splatterhouse is your game of choice.

Splatterhouse is a diabolical, gruesomely violent game for the Turbografx-16/PC Engine based on the Namco beat ’em up arcade title of the same name. There were two direct sequels made for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, but the TG-16/PC Engine has the one and only original […]

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Back in 1982, Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist, a movie that was written and produced by Stephen Spielberg, and in all honesty it may as well have been him behind the camera. Everything about that movie screamed Spielberg, from its familial tone and grandiose set pieces to its high profile marketing strategy and tantilsing teaser poster. The grisly touch of Hooper – a wonderful director in his own right – was nowhere to be found.

Predictably, the movie was an unbridled smash […]

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A Brief History of . . . John Matrix

Where John Matrix came from, the Communists said Rock and Roll was subversive, which not only gives credence to the origin of his English name, but also explains his dislike for all things Boy George – or ‘Gorrrl George’ as our musclebound hero refers to him.

Keeping the cold, hard-edged attitude but dumping the Commie philosophies, Matrix would use his inane charm to escape the iron curtain and rise to the very top of the US Elite forces, honouring his Capitalist […]

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