Category Archives: Action

Asteroid Fields

okay..i spoiled it with the Title, now you know what game i want to introduce today.

its Asteroids the great classic arcade game released 1979 by Atari using the same vector display like in their other arcade game called Lunar Lander which they were producing at the same time as store owners all over the US wanted to order Asteroids.

anyway, in the end Asteroids became Atari´s best selling arcade game ever.

in the game the player has to navigate a space ship through an asteroid field, shoot at the asteroids and always be careful not to collide with them.

as an additional feature the space ship can use hyperspace, which means the spaceship randomly appears at the screen after disappearing (but thats a bit dangerous, cause it could always appear in middle of the field and hit an asteroid and be destroyed).

to move our spaceship it can rotate left and right and using thrust to move forward.

each destroyed asteroid gives points..bonus points can be gained by shooting flying saucers, which randomly appear.

thats the gameplay to far..and since Atari had so much success with it, they decided to have an own Flash Version on their site you can play which is very very close to the original..



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Power Up..

Time for some Action…Delta (in US called “Delta Patrol”) is a horizontal Shooter released on the Commodore 64, where the player uses a spaceship to detroy formations of enemies to gain power up.

If you manage to destroy a whole wave of enmies, you have the chance to earn credits to buy new weapons or modifictions for your space ship.

Rob Hubbard and Phillip Glass made the Menu and in-game Music of this very addictive and fun space shooter.

The Flash Remake is so close to the original, you even feel it playing it on your C64.


important keys: F3 = toggle autofire / F4 = toggle ingame music (cannot be used during game)

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long before computer games and video consoles entered the living rooms,
there was already a market for tiny lcd gaming consoles.

so now that you are not a kid anymore, you wish you had kept these little treasures
cause it was so much fun to play with..

well if you did, you can skip this post..and if can play many of them again
on your PC and remember the good old days.

the guys of Hipotopam made it possible…go check their site out and tell me,
what was your favourite LCD Handheld game as you were a kid.

leave it up on the comments..mine was Donkey Kong and was a two screen LCD Game.

lcd game

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Up In Space

earlier in my Posts i mentioned the Classic Pong which marked a beginning of the Video Game Industry, but we should not forget Taikos great shooter called Space Invaders released in 1978.

the idea was simple, from above rows of aliens shoot their missles to the bottom screen trying to hit the player, who had to move from left to right to advoid them.

additional the player had the chance to hide behind blocks as long as they were not destroyed by his own missles or the enemy ones.

the speed of the aliens coming down increased with duration of the game and the player lost one life, if he was either hit by a missle or one of the aliens touched the ground.

Space Invaders was one of the first games with multicolour graphics, which was made possible by using overlay sheets.

the pixelized aliens of that game are still used nowadays for nostalgic reasons in street art, printed on t-shirts etc.

space invaders

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was a game released by Atari and Nolan Bushewell.

history tells us the Idea for this Game was made, as Nolan played a smiliar Game called “Ping Pong”, developed by the Company Magnavox.

he asked Allan Alcorn his employee to develope a similar Game.

they both had so much fun with it, so Nolan decided to release and sell the game and name it Pong.

the arcade version of Pong had no CPU unit and was built out of digital and analog circuits.


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Paku Paku

1980 a game was released in Japan called “Puck Man”, the idea for that name came from
the expression in japanese “Paku Paku”, which means opening and closing someones mouth repeatedly.

later as the game was released under the License of the Midway Company,
they decided to call it..”Pac Man”..cause they feared people would make a joke of it and
change the name from Puck Man to F*ck Man.

thats the start of the the most famous game in History..a little yellow round guy roaming around, eating pills and has to avoid ghosts.

there is not much more to say if it comes to the gameplay, except one thing:

still some people think the ghosts do random paths in that game, actually they have a bit of Artificial Intelligence and know what they do..but play it for yourself. :)


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Trained By Mr.Miyagi

1984 a US-Movie made sure Karate schools were run over by teens who wanted to learn Karate and  hoped, to find a teacher like Mr.Miyagi from the movie Karate Kid”.

suddenly everyone fell into a hype and so did the game industry one year later,
as they released the famous game International Karate.

a great soundtrack composed by Rob Hubbard, synthesized voice,
very realistic move animations of the fighters and overall nice painted/digitized backgrounds of famous locations all around the world and a two player mode
added all the needs to be the most addictive game ever.

a very nice remake of this game can be found here which is almost 1:1 to the original.

ps: 2 player modus seems to be missing in this remake, hopefully the author adds it :)

international karate

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

already in the 80s it was not uncommon that game studios
produced games after a huge blockbuster success…
and this happened to one movie which put everyone into a hype: Ghostbusters !

not only the soundtrack of the movie performed by Ray Parker Jr. got very popular, every kid wanted to be suddenly a Ghostbuster… i mean..i have to confess..even i ran around with a GhostBusters T-shirt at that time.

the game was quite good which Activision brought us on their screen.

you start with an amount of money which you needed to equip your Ghostbuster car with (you could choose between 4 different car models) and then went on a map to drive with your car from house to house to catch ghosts with the typical traps like they appeared in the movie.

the main goal of the game was to destroy Zuul.

decent graphics and a lot of fun and there were even special codes for the game which gave you more money and a better equipment.


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