In the warm summer of '21 I finally took the plunge and started streaming semi-regularly, trying to get in a few hours every week, real-life permitting.
The overarching purpose of the stream is to play — unintendedly badly — games from 1983 and up, year by year. You see, apart from the usual turbo-tape classics,
there are tons of obscure games that I never got the chance to play back in the 20th century when I was young and adorable.
That is no way to have lived.
So, what better way to improve an existence than to enjoy some light-hearted retro-gaming among like-minded friends?
I also feature SIDs, demos, musicdisks, requests, newer games or other C64 related content. Mostly on an Ultimate 64 Elite sporting authentic 6581AR4 and 8580R5 SIDs, both from my peak year of 1987.
Few gimmicks. No bits, rewards, coins. The only exception is Pick-a-Tron™, an A.I. (cough) that randomly selects games, and assists
my spotty memory by keeping track of games played. Another thing for 2022 is "basic-liner bets" and community C64 game playing, whenever that's ready.
You're welcome to join in. Participate in the chat (like the adult you are), or simply lurk — Your choice. I still hope you'll find
some entertainment, however you choose.
There are gems to be found in the rubble. I make an effort to regularly feature the games here. So if you happen to like the kind of games I like,
then maybe you'll find something interesting here, too. The list is kept newest to oldest.
Some games are worth a revisit, and may even be promoted to Gems at a later time. Note that obvious classics are not present.
This is only here because it's made by Greg Duddle, and is in the same style, of Willow Pattern. :-)
The Skull of Doom. Not entirely sure why this is here, but it's one of those weird arcade adventures you just have to find out what's around the bend of.
An 8-way scrolling shooter which initially felt too hard, but once you get a grip on the controls it's now a question of: How soon can I get to the nuclear plant? And, oh: Jet-pack!
It started off as a Commando clone, but Elite got angry so they made new levels and released it as a sequel. Still some soldier action, less fast-paced than Commando, but still some good shoot'em up fun. Be sure to check out the original which was leaked recently!
Another platformer with interesting mechanics. Couldn't get past the first screen, but still. Lure the panther into the cage, but watch out for the mischievous monkey and other natives. What's on the next screen?
Thunderbirds! A TV series I never knew, but the game is interesting. Equip and operate the thunderbirds to navigate the underground complex.
We all know the music, and for the UKers this is a classic. But did the rest of us know? Adventurous Isometric CRPG Hack'n'Slash.
Old-school high-res platformer with some puzzle concepts, that play's quite good and envokes some sense of wonder.
It's a Frank Cohen game, and in his familiar style. Add a beer brewing concept, and you have something going.
Nice graphics and sound, interesting puzzles in this adventure. Strange he wears a cricket outfit, but that can be forgiven.
Multi-screen platformer action in high resolution! Good presentation overall, and a challenge too boot.
We all know Summer Games is a classic, but Summer Games II? Turns out, it's better than we all mis-remembered!
Shaun Southern returns with a large, multi-room platformer adventure. If you can get past the annoying edge-collision detection and the constantly respawning monsters, there's something fascinating going on here.
Finally one of these wierd Speccy ports that actually looks quite good. A good challenge to be had here in pursuit of eight dynamite sticks all over a big world.
Slot car simulator with a construction kit, and indeed a fun little racer once you get a hang of the controls.
An interesting puzzle concept - connect pieces to the power source. Unfortunately, unnecessary foes detract some "zen" from the experience, but it's still enjoyable.
The animations are hilarious, but you feel like you're in control of the protagonist, a British Indiana Jones chased by Barney? And, let's have another go.
Ugh! - the caveman - is on a new quest. A quest of fire. Tough as nails, sometimes tedious, but also quite wonderful.
What's interesting about this stunt-jump game is that there are no gauges or meters. It's all based on the "feel" for the jump.
A suprisingly smooth playable high-score racker, and an interesting concept.
Our nimble spider must time her movements well in her quest through the hazardous cider factory.
A puzzling adventuring to mystify you as you navigate your ship (?) through.. well, whatever it is.
Darn fun alpine, ski-jumping and freestyle winter game, urging you to improve your score at every turn.
1984 Argus Press
Almost a classic, Fred is a quite interesting and playable little tomb adventure.
Let's enter another pyramid and find out what secrets it conceals.
Intriguing arcade-rpg with some mechanics, albeit a bit drab exterior. There could be more to it, we have to find out.
Roger's rocketing, and rocketing is a rocky road.
Nice animations and interesting mechanics in this "save the princess" adventure. Trap the horse, and you're on your way!
Quite complex adventure with a good atmosphere. Utilizing up to eight androids, can you stop the nuclear meltdown in time?
Help Bozo home from the pub, but watch out! Gameplay requires some hand-eye coordination, so I recommend to down a few beers before you have a go at this.
Arcade adventure sporting a a big world, NPCs and mysterious quests. Appears to have depth, and could be an intriguing play for the adventurous.
The Darlings are back with this budget classic. Tough platforming, as usual, but with seemingly more variety than usual. And great music!
An above-average jet-pack game with some interesting mechanics and a sense of exploration.
I'm a sucker for martial arts games. Animations in this game are not too shabby, but gameplay is a little on the slow side.
Surprisingly fast and responsive "3D" maze game having you hunt down and eliminate aw, too cute monsters.
Frank Cohen is back in recognizable style. It's rather Chased by Ghosts, and as usual an interesting challenge.
Initially complex arcade action, but when you get it, you'll have quite some fun!
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Flappy Bird? No, it's the copter of a Man!
A spooky multi-room challenge. Do you dare enter?
Henry is trying to make his way through a commoner's house. Nice gameplay and fun mechanics.
I have a sweet spot for hard platformers with simple and clean graphics. Just like Ghouls.
Gandalf is struggling to defend his castle in this shooter with nice graphics and sound.
Keys, chalices, secrets will mystify in this arcade adventure.
Tough as nails platforming exploration.
A classic top-down/side-view arcade adventure that we all like so much.
Strange colours, wonky gameplay and flickering sprites still leaves a desire to see what's beyond the next screen. And it was programmed by Ron J. Fortier of Bruce Lee fame!
Spell the word in order and unlock the next screen.
It's a classic, and there's a reason for it. A journey deep into mysterious caves!
Nice music, good graphics. Funny horse. A bit buggy, but it tickles the urge to see what's next.
A smooth and playable Invader shooter.
Simple graphics betrays a challenging puzzle journey through the vast mansion.
A Mr. Do! inspired game that plays very well.
An entertaining little Japanese style puzzle platformer with screen editor and surprisingly "modern" gameplay.
Fun little children's (?) game that has you morphing from one animal to the next.
Whistle your busy Doctor-brother to his destination. Interesting platformer puzzle concept, challenging mechanics.
Frustrating but intriguing puzzle-platformer. How many "sheets" could there be?
Paul Norman strikes again with more great music in a very mysterious and alluring game. Is this even finishable?
Don't remember why this was tagged, but there's something to it.
Another Frank Cohen game that has a recognizable style and some good mechanics.
Tough platforming by the Darlings. It's one of those potentially rage-quitting games that you just have to have another go at.
Jury's still out on this one, but once one gets the mechanics, it grows on you. What on earth hides in the centre of the Earth?
Floors & ladders game with level editor and stuff happening. Hard foes ruin some of the fun, but still interesting.
Early Scorched Earth game.
A Crowther (what's a crowther?) makes things difficult for thieves in this classic, tough, multi-room platformer.
Can the newly hired mail-room boy make his way up the ranks? Or will he be demoted by poodles or falling potty plants.
The bible says cavemen and dinosaurs lived together in harmony. Until now, that is.
Mike Wacker! Simple and effective graphics, and some puzzling to be had.
Apparently EA's debut game. If we can hack that annoying guy on the right away, it could actually be playable.
I don't know why this is here.
There's something about these early maze exploration games...
I don't know who Mabel is, but her mansion seems like it's hiding some secrets.
Who is the Mountain King, and how to we get there? We have to find out!
Sammy makes his way through levels of loads-of-stuff happening, which I love. Now, if we just can get past level 1 ...
I thought I'd also keep a list of two player hotseat games, to be played by two humans in the same room. Any streamers out there with friends? Anyone?