I have a little free time at the moment so might be able to update the site here more frequently but I’ve got to focus on money makers first to support my family so that always takes precedence. Click below for homebrews and more:

Speaking of that, I’ve begun to cook up some designs to sell through Teepublic.com that aren’t strictly arcade related. They sell phone and computer cases, notebooks and more with the designs in case you aren’t just interested in shirts. My latest, which is cheaper for the first 72 hours, is a tribute to the 8-bit Console Wars of the 1980s. You can check it out here.


Homebrews: It’s time to check out some homebrews that are in development or available out there.

Tattoo Apprentice (NES) – A lot of the homebrews out there lately are just ports of one concept to another platform (as you’ll see below) but occasionally someone has the time and talent to put together something original. For NES owners, here is something original albiet a bit strange:

QUOD INIT EXIT (Commodore 64) – But first, lets cover another original title, a platforming game that has been in development for a few years. With a pig that can shoot fire out of his rear for a boost, it’s a little weird but everything else about the presentation looks to be top notch:

Yoomp!64 (Commodore 64) – Back in 2007, a very impressive homebrew was released for the Atari XL/XE line of computers called Yoomp!, which involves you navigating a ball down a treacherous tunnel. With many different tiles that affected gameplay and stellar graphics and music, it was an excellent showcase of what the Ataris could do along with providing fun, classic play. Had it been released around 83/84, it would have been a best-seller. Now C64 owners will get to enjoy Yoomp!s play. It’s pretty close to the Atari version, and of course enjoys SID music:

Platman (Atari XL/XE) – Returning the porting favor is a port of the C64 game Platman to Atari computers. Never played this one but if you’re into ports, it should be completed soon for the ABBUC competition.

The Dark (ZX Spectrum) – I have zero nostalgia for the ZX Spectrum having never seen one here in the US but I do find it interesting how many unique games the hardware received along with many titles that pushed the hardware well beyond what it was thought to be capable of. If you want to see something push the ZX, then this re-release of an FPS called The Dark is worth a look. Now here is one that I think would be great to see ported to other, more capable hardware platforms. Just as a spoiler note, this video is a play through:

Gunfright (Atari XL/XE) Speaking of the ZX Spectrum and ports, here is one to the Atari XE. It’s be nice for them to improve the music though…Pokey can do better than that.

That’s all I’ll bother you with for now – happy gaming!

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About Shaggy

I addition to my professional work in the arcade industry which has ranged from operator to consultant, I like to write about other subjects that interest me as well...if I can find the time.

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