C64 Weekly Roundup - Ultimate-64, 4KB Crappy Games, IK Ultimate and more!


Hello and welcome to what I hope I can make a regular fixture here at Indie Retro News. As new C64 games, scene releases, hardware, competitions and general C64 news become more and more frequent, it's becoming harder to cover everything which goes on in individual postings. So I'm going to try and wrap up everything in one weekly post, so it should be easier to stay on top of the latest goings on. Of course if anything major comes in, we'll still feature breaking news stories separately.

Wizard of Wor - A port of an 80's classic WIP to the NES


Remember the days spent down at the Arcades, hearing the beeps and bops from the different machines, the coloured lights flashing all around, and money being lost for hours worth of enjoyment? Then you might be interested to know the 1980's Arcade game of Wizard of Wor, which also appeared on the Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade and C64, is being ported over to the NES by tschak909!

Fox n Forests - A nostalgic trip back to the 16bit platforming era, coming Spring 2018!


If you remember growing up playing 16bit platformers, either on the SNES or Sega Megadrive such as Mickey Mouse or even Ghouls 'n Ghosts, then have we got the game for you! This is 'Fox n Forests' developed by Bonus Level Entertainment, a gorgeous looking 16-bit inspired pixelated platformer, where you play as a Furry that can loot, upgrade, hack and slash and even change the very seasons of the game you're playing in! Yes that's right, this game lets you switch seasons to avoid obstacles or even beat enemies! What a lovely game indeed and not only does it have a teaser trailer but it's coming to PC, Linux, Mac (Steam and DRM free) Spring 2018.

BetterWB 4.3 - A more slimline approach to Amiga workbenches!


No I know this isn't a game nor is it a package of eye candy, but we've just learnt that BetterWB has been released with an update of 4.3. Now some of you might ask what exactly BetterWB is, well if you've ever installed a Workbench package on an Amiga and wanted the most of your resources and not bothered about how it looks, then this is the package for you! According to the source it's very much like AIAB, Amikit, AmigaSYS and ClassicWB but instead is an updated extension to AmigaOS 3.1, without all those hardware requirement penalties typically associated with these kind of packs.

PLAY Expo Blackpool 2018 - Gaming Youtuber Interviews


Every year since 2012, Replay Events has held the annual gaming extravaganza PLAY Expo in the somewhat rough but lovable Blackpool. 2018 was no exception, and so I attended for a forth time. On this visit however, I intended to seize the chance to interview some prolific and up and coming gaming youtubers. I talked wrestling games with Kim Justice, video scripting with Slopes Game Room, the WiiU with Top Hat Gaming Man and Ghost n' Goblins with Octavius Kitten, plus much more. A total of 7 interviews in total, split into 3 films. These guys create some excellent gaming content, a bit of something for everyone in the retro sphere.

Cannon Fodder - The best War game on the Amiga, play it now PC/MAC Gamers!


No words can describe just how amazing this game is, there isn't that many people on this planet right now that haven't heard of Cannon Fodder. A military game with a sense of humor and a cool music soundtrack to boot!  If you love controlling armies of little men, that you care so much about, while shooting the bad guys in a splattering of blood, then this is the game for you. Furthermore apart from the PC versions which are available to buy on GOG, and the cool Amiga CD32 compilations, you can of course check out the easily launchable Amiga versions on a PC/MAC either via The Company or GamesNostalgia.

APULIJA-13 V2.0 - Alessandro Grussu's action shooter on the ZX Spectrum gets an upgrade


Ladies and Gentlemen another ZX Spectrum game has made an appearance on IRN, as Alessandro Grussu announced recently that APULIJA-13 V2.0 is available for all to enjoy. This game which according to Jonathan Caldwell showed off what AGD could really do, has been enhanced with new improvements and is based upon the Director’s Cut, but also runs on 48K Spectrums (without AY background music).

Monty On The Run Remake - PC Remake of an 8-bit classic


Way back in the 1980's Gremlin Graphics released the very first Monty Mole game in the series for the ZX Spectrum and C64. This lovable character that looked like a cross between a human and a mole, star'd in his very own adventure as ' Wanted : Monty Mole ' , which from then on spawned a number of other famous sequels on different 8-bit systems such as Monty on the Run and Auf Wiedersehen Monty. But today thanks to a fan of those classic games, Damien Green has just released an all new remake of Monty On The Run, but this time for the PC!

New Amiga 500 Case kickstarter teased?


If you've been following Indie Retro News throughout these last few years, you would've by now read about A1200.net's kickstarter regarding both the new A1200 cases and the keycaps. Well most of us have already received those new Amiga 1200 cases much to the delight of the Amiga community, we are still waiting for our keycaps to go with our stunning new case such as black keys to replace yellow. However if you don't have an Amiga 1200 and sitting by your side is an older Amiga 500 model, you'll be pleased to know we've just learnt from Steve through our Facebook group, that a new Amiga 500/+ Case Kickstarter will be announced at some point this year. - So keep watching this space!

Links : 1) Source 2) Facebook

Impossabubble - A brand new ZX Spectrum game by Dave Clarke, REVIEWED!

An imposter bubble? That's impossabubble!
Everyone loves bubbles, don't they? Whether they're floating around in the air making children happy, or in your beer (making you happy) it's hard to make an argument against them, which conveniently enough brings me onto Impossabubble! Developed in AGD by Dave Clarke with absolutely brilliant music (more on that later) by David Saphier, Impossabubble is aiming to join recent AGD developed games, many featured here on IRN, in being one of the best released in modern times. On the face of it, it looks on course to reach the upper echelons of great Speccy games, not only those composed with AGD but of recent years.

ProCon CD32 - Third party gamepad for the Amiga / Amiga CD32 that looks awesome


Here is something I think is rather cool and especially on a hardware level, is witchmaster's ProCon CD32; a gamepad built especially for the Amiga! Now some of you are already drooling at the mouth seeing this picture and that's probably because not only does it look like a SNES controller, but if this is a success it may be the next best thing for playing games that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to buy, ahem "Amiga CD32 Competition Pro Joypad Controller “Honey Bee” "

Fantasy Zone: Escape from the Pyramid - Final version released for the ZX Spectrum


As if Doctor Who Surrender Time wasn't enough for Errazkin, as earlier today he contacted us via our Twitter page to let us know that Fantasy Zone: Escape from the Pyramid has been finished and released for the ZX Spectrum! According to Errazkin, this game is the final version of a game that was made some years ago by Antonio J Pérez, that now features "in game" music in the 128k version by the same creator as well as a new loading screen and another for the end of the game made by Igor Errazkin!

Bomb Jack Beer Edition - An enhanced classic WIP for the Commodore Amiga


Ah good old Bomb Jack, a game which required you the player to jump and float about grabbing all the bombs on the screen while also avoiding some rather strange yet nasty enemies who would constantly get in your way just to stop you from saving historic places of interest! It was a fabulous game for all the family, going right back to the days of the Arcades and lots of ports to follow such as the Amiga, which sadly was not as good as it could've been, at least until now... Welcome to Bomb Jack Beer Edition; an enhanced WIP Bomb Jack for the Commodore Amiga!

Bomberland - Classic game as a clone for the C64!


When I was growing up there was a game I used to love playing with friends, whereby your task was to drop bombs and either blow up other enemies or your very best friend(s) in a maze like game screen. That game was Bomberman also known as Dynablaster, which was actually first released way back in 1983 by Hudson Soft and then published by Konami, with multiple ports appearing through the years. This latest news however is in relation to this awesome game, as after a period of waiting RGCD have released Bomberland as a free download for the C64!

Giana Sisters fan game teased for the C64!


Many of you already know of this game especially Amiga and C64 owners as this game has huge similarities to Super Mario and as such way back in the 80's also had an alleged lawsuit case against them from Nintendo. In fact during the last few years, there wasn't just a Giana Special Edition by Reimagine Games and then of course the Great Giana-Sisters Construction-Set, but we also had a 30th anniversary preview for the C64 by The-Seven-A-Three in celebration of this rather famous game. So why are we writing about this game again? Well you'll be pleased to know MontyMole76 has teased an animated gif of the upcoming fan game for the c64!

Nogalious - Multiplatform retro inspired game gets a demo


As most of you know by now LUEGOLU3GO STUDIO's have been working on a game called Nogalious, that had a successful Kickstarter campaign raising €25,862 to be released on multiple systems such as the Amstrad, C64, ZX Spectrum, MSX and even the PC. Well if you've been wanting to play this game since its announcement, you'll be pleased to know the developers have released a short PC demo that all can enjoy!

Super Mario Ultimate - A full hack of Super Mario Bros 3 on the NES!


It seems as if people can't get enough of Mario, as throughout the previous year we had seen countless rom hacks released that either change the game into a different story, or completely overhaul the game with new graphics. Once such Mario game, as in Super Mario Bros 3, has got a new rom hack today and it's called 'Super Mario Ultimate' released by Silas; a very large hack of Super Mario Bros 3 from the NES!

Drakkhen - A 1980's to 90's retro RPG is coming to Steam


A retro Steam heads up for you all, as we've just found out that the late 1980's and into 90's RPG of Drakkhen will be re-released on Steam on the 8th Feb! If you were a gamer from that era and had an Amiga, Atari ST, PC, SNES, PC-98, FM Towns Marty or Sharp X68000 then at some point you probably came across this game with its massive Dragon like creature with mouth open across the front of the gaming cover.

The Tomb of Dracula - The ZX Spectrum gives you something to bite your teeth into

Ooh, the tomb of Dracula! Am I meant to be scared? Well yes, I actually am.

Vampires are not that scary anymore. Too busy making sure their hair looks good rather than looking for their next victim to sink their teeth into. Shame. Remember when vampires were creepy? Just watching the original Nosferatu film will put the willies up you. Argh! The long face, ghastly teeth, long finger nails, those hypnotic staring eyes - you knew that that face would be the last thing you'd see before you died. Now, he's more likely to ask you out for a coffee.

H.E.R.O II - Original C64 action classic overhaul gets a new v2 preview!


Sometime back we mentioned the work in progress enhancement of the original C64 game of H.E.R.O, which was first released way back in the 1980's for the Atari 800/2600, ColecoVision, C64, C128, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Now titled as ' H.E.R.O II ', with updates by the same developer Retrofan who is behind the upcoming Bombjack remaster. Has felt that the original was lacking in the graphics department as it looked and played hardly any better than the Atari 2600 version. As such also thanks to maltes they have decided to make it look so much better as an overhaul, that is previewed in the second update version released by Raiders of the Lost Empire.

Ziriax 100% (Ultimate Edition) - The only full Amiga working version that exists!


In 1990 Software Business with development by The Whiz Kidz, released the side-scrolling shoot em up Ziriax for the Amiga, which was very similar to games such as R-Type or even Gradius. This game featured an action packed experience with five stages of shoot em up gameplay with each level containing an end of level boss. It's just a shame that during its many years of release not only was there not a fully working ADF of the game but according to some it has a few in game issues of its own...

Inviyya - In development Amiga Shoot Em Up gets new video footage!


Steril707 has once again spread the word through Facebook that his in development Shoot Em Up ' Inviyya ', which was first announced via the EAB forums in October 2016, has not only been teased with new screenshots but there is a new build of the game which has been shown in this new video. The video includes smooth scrolling, much better detail and a cool soundtrack by Triace & Vedder: "Doskboyz & Scrollers"

ZOOMING SECRETARY - The AfroMonkeys tease a challenging Sega Megadrive game with a demo


Things are looking up for the Sega Megadrive, as after already experiencing the fantastic platformer of L’Abbaye des Morts, which was released as a port ROM. We now have a new game to contend with called ZOOMING SECRETARY: GOING PANIC. Now unlike the platformer of the previous game, this one is being developed by The AfroMonkeys and is a frenetic challenging game, whereby you have to answer the phone and check files according to the call as soon as possible or you might get fired. - Beware of your bosses and other fellows too!

L’Abbaye des Morts - A cool retro platformer released as a Sega Megadrive Rom


Once again L’Abbaye des Morts has made an appearance in our news feeds as we've been contacted by
MoonWatcherMD (Mun) to let you know that this rather cool retro game, which was originally released as a platformer in a ZX Spectrum style developed by Locomalito. Has finally been released as a Sega Megadrive Port that can be downloaded as a freely available Rom. This version published by Playonretro, was created in collaboration of a team of people such as Locomalito, Gryzor, Mun, Darkhorace, Fran, Dani Nevado, Alfonso, Igor, Gerardo, Manuel Gómez, Manuel Millán, Rubén, Bruce, Stef, José Zanni, David Lara , Leander, Jose Antonio, Borja, Migue, Salva, Ricky and Felipe!

The CRPG Book Update 19 - 528 pages of classic RPG goodness including images!


Throughout my youth I've always been an RPG gamer, I used to love playing games such as Dungeon Master, Lands of Lore, Albion or even the later style of Fallout, Baldurs Gate and Dark Messiah. Especially when I get to read a grand story of the adventures ahead, while choosing my own legendary hero to battle demon like foes and the hunt for lost treasures. There's just so many RPG's I've played and enjoyed, that it's also why I'm mentioning this latest announcement of 'The CRPG Book', which has 528 pages of highly detailed write ups about the games, including a mass load of RPG images.

Crazy Cars 3 - Interesting C64 EasyFlash release from Excess... 25 years later.


1992 was a depressing year for C64 owners... Their friends were beating the crap out of each other in arcade perfect ports of Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat on the SNES. Their other friends were playing Co-op multiplayer Alien Breed on the Amiga, and their other friends were zipping through blazing fast platforming nirvana in Sonic on the Megadrive.  But hey it wasn't all bad...  at least we didn't have PCs with CGA purple graphics and bloopy motherboard noises.  Releases were still being produced for the now decade old 8 bit microcomputer, like this one from Titus Software, continuing their original Lamborghini Diablo racing franchise.  But I guess by this point all the best developers had moved onto bigger things, as the C64 port for Crazy Cars 3, was quite frankly as dull as dishwater.  This hilarious Zzap / Commodore Force review from issue #92 sums it up brilliantly.

Mr. Ghost - Late 80's MSX2 game gets a full English translation


What a lovely wake up call as we've recently found out thanks to a heads up via Facebook, that the MSX2 game of MrGhost by System Sacom which was released way back in 1989, has been fully translated into English by 232 & Max Iwamoto and is available to download as version 1.0. According to a post in 2004 via the MSX website this game was voted the most underrated MSX game of all time, with 180 votes counted.

NQ! - A new music disc for the Amstrad CPC by Shining, HAL6128 and n1k-o!


Are you ready to have your ears blown apart by Amstrad music, then download the latest NQ! - Music Disc which has recently been released by TGS & skrju for the Amstrad CPC and Amstrad CPC Plus. Featuring a number of cool tunes with one of them called "creep" as my personal favourite, this latest musical disc will fit right at home on your Amstrad home computer.

Elfie the Unicorn Chapter 1 - Amiga Jump and Run for kids due 2018!


Well this is a nice little surprise as generally most homebrew games are developed for the retro gamer in mind, but thanks to a heads up by Per Ola Eriksson, we've learnt of a new game that's coming in 2018 and made especially for kids ' Elfie the Unicorn Chapter 1 '. So for those of you who do have kids or at least want to experience this game, you'll be pleased to know it's being developed by Twin Games Software and is a Amiga Jump and Run for all classic Amigas.

MiedoW (Cheril's Nightmares) - A Mojon Twins surprise for the NES


Finally after a flood of ZX Spectrum games we move on to the NES as we've come across a post on the nesdev forums that a new game had been released called MiedoW (Cheril's Nightmares); which was developed by na_th_an, Davidian and Anjuel using the Mojon Twins engine. Unlike previous games mentioned via The Mojon Twins, MiedoW is a top-down, flick screen adventure where you control Cheril who can shoot, dodge, jump over lava and solve puzzles!