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Title: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 10:24, 17 May 20
Hello fine people,

I though I would create a thread on my YT channel, for updates and discussion. This is a channel that deals with retro games on several platforms but mainly focusing on Amiga and Amstrad CPC, covering modern retro games, obscure games that deserve more love, the occasional stinker (gotta love these) as well as my own (usually negative) opinions on games considered to be classics.

I have 18 episodes already, with the most recent one being a review and playguide for the Amiga port of Elite! Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/APhcktkQ3JQ
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Post by: manossg on 19:42, 24 May 20
For the latest episode we have Orion Prime. A spoiler-free review of this impressive 2009 point'n'click adventure game for the good, old Amstrad CPC. A masterpiece or a missed opportunity? Check out this episode and find out!

https://youtu.be/W6e1Czw0i-c (https://youtu.be/W6e1Czw0i-c)
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Post by: manossg on 17:34, 31 May 20
In this episode we shall be taking a look at Apprentice, a rather obscure platformer, released by Rainbow Arts in 1990 for the Commodore Amiga. A hidden gem or a game better left untouched?

https://youtu.be/sbmsGR8hi1Y (https://youtu.be/sbmsGR8hi1Y)
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Post by: manossg on 13:31, 07 June 20
For the latest episode we have an Amstrad CPC game from 1985, Airwolf, famous for its ridiculous difficulty level. Does it deserve its notoriety?

https://youtu.be/gnqtYjQKERM
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Post by: manossg on 12:41, 14 June 20
New Retro Rant episode dealing with the Atari ST version of Addams' Family. Was it truly better than the Amiga version?

https://youtu.be/FwU0fddTnF4
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Post by: manossg on 16:49, 21 June 20
For the latest episode, I reviewed Paperboy on the Amiga. A decent coin-op conversion for the miggy or the usual lazy money-grabbing affair?

https://youtu.be/7dBYb63eEkI
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Post by: manossg on 10:53, 29 June 20
For this episode we take a look at Shadows of Sergoth, a 2018 dungeon crawler for the Amstrad CPC. Do we finally get a decent RPG for the 8-bits?

https://youtu.be/DB2HkIEWt7o (https://youtu.be/DB2HkIEWt7o)
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Post by: manossg on 13:03, 05 July 20
This time we will be reviewing Simon the Sorcerer, which is considered one of the best point'n'click adventure games on the Amiga. Is it truly?

https://youtu.be/ZX4SUF9HwWE (https://youtu.be/ZX4SUF9HwWE)
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Post by: manossg on 12:48, 13 July 20
For this episode, we have Gandalf, a 2018 homebrew for the speccy, a platformer with an RPG twist!

https://youtu.be/f9yMqRXBK6Y
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Post by: Gryzor on 16:02, 14 July 20
This looks lovely and colourful :)
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Post by: manossg on 16:51, 14 July 20
This looks lovely and colourful :)


Indeed it does, even though it is not on the CPC (yet)!  :P


It also plays very well and has a good soundtrack. Pure 8-bit glory!
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Post by: manossg on 08:23, 20 July 20
Who said that the Commodore Amiga can't do a half-decent beat'em up? Here we have a masterpiece of a game by good, old Tynesoft.

https://youtu.be/hk0sfYLixEc
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Post by: Gryzor on 09:57, 20 July 20
Oh god, how ugly is that.
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 10:50, 20 July 20
Oh god, how ugly is that.


Another great success from Tynesoft!  :D
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Post by: tjohnson on 19:50, 20 July 20
This time we will be reviewing Simon the Sorcerer, which is considered one of the best point'n'click adventure games on the Amiga. Is it truly?
I seem to remember simon the sorcer getting rave reviews back in the day or maybe I'm mistaken?  Monkey Island 2 and Day of the Tentacle were my 2 favourite point and click adventures, finished them both, tentacle me and a mate finished in a couple of days playing.
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 20:32, 20 July 20
I seem to remember simon the sorcer getting rave reviews back in the day or maybe I'm mistaken?  Monkey Island 2 and Day of the Tentacle were my 2 favourite point and click adventures, finished them both, tentacle me and a mate finished in a couple of days playing.


Yes, it is considered by many amigans to be on par with MI2 and DOTT, which are absolute masterpieces and my favorites of all time as well. I still cannot fathom the reason for such praise for Simon, though, since it is an average adventure game at best. The only reason I can think of is, admittedly, the eye candy, especially following some awful looking (and playing) Amiga Sierra On-Line ports (I am looking at you, SQ4)!
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Post by: manossg on 09:49, 26 July 20
For this one we take a look at the classic racing game, Stunt Car Racer, which is considered one of the best racing games on the Amstrad CPC (and on every platform to which it was ported to). Is it as good as it is thought to be?

PS. Some frames were sacrificed due to the brutal video capture process. The actual game is smoother than that.

https://youtu.be/hoQi5kaOBVM
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Post by: Gryzor on 14:51, 27 July 20
Never really loved this, on the CPC or on my ST, but I've got to say every time I would play it it would keep me at the edge of my seat...
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Post by: manossg on 16:11, 27 July 20
Never really loved this, on the CPC or on my ST, but I've got to say every time I would play it it would keep me at the edge of my seat...


I hear the ST is the best version, because it runs faster and doesn't have the annoying Amiga engine sound, so I would have to test this thing out someday.


It really is an intense game, you can feel every landing, every crash and every turn, even on the CPC!
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Post by: Gryzor on 16:29, 27 July 20
Yes, that!

I seem to remember it was faster on my 1040 than on my friend's A500 as was the usual case with vector games, but I also remember it having the "annoying engine sound", maybe I've mixed up the versions :D
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Post by: manossg on 13:33, 29 July 20
My favorite 100 Amiga games from mid-eighties to the present day.

For this video, I shall be covering the ranks from 100 to 91.

https://youtu.be/FTNrpwN1POU
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Post by: manossg on 12:02, 02 August 20
This time it's Gods, the legendary Bitmap Brothers' game for the miggy. Does it truly deserve it's classic status or not?

https://youtu.be/bgi8QxW3M9c
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Post by: TotO on 12:47, 02 August 20
As always with occidental productions, it looks and sound great... But that all.
Gods was a frustration to have a really promising game not fun at all to play.
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 13:01, 02 August 20
As always with occidental productions, it looks and sound great... But that all.
Gods was a frustration to have a really promising game not fun at all to play.


These were exactly my thoughts and feelings back in the day and ended up quitting and disliking the game. And I fear that was an automatic response to lots of Amiga games, which were all graphics and sound and garbage gameplay (I am looking at you, Psygnosis).


I gave Gods a fair crack of the whip now and I found out it has quite a few redeeming qualities, it is just that they are not apparent at first glance (and you probably need a guide to truly enjoy the game).  :-\
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Post by: Gryzor on 14:19, 03 August 20
Am I the only one who liked it (VERY much) on my STFM back in the day?
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 16:42, 03 August 20
Am I the only one who liked it (VERY much) on my STFM back in the day?


IIRC, Gods was both a critical and a commercial success and I believe that the ST had a very solid version. The Mega Drive port, otoh... :picard:


Did you manage to get any distance in it?
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Post by: norecess on 16:49, 03 August 20
Ahhh, the Gods game reminds me the good old Demoniak 4 discmag.. nostalgia!  :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X34Sg7rCbxg
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Post by: manossg on 19:40, 03 August 20
Ahhh, the Gods game reminds me the good old Demoniak 4 discmag.. nostalgia!  :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X34Sg7rCbxg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X34Sg7rCbxg)


Am I getting too greedy if I confess that I dreamed of a CPC port for a moment there?
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Post by: Gryzor on 10:55, 04 August 20

IIRC, Gods was both a critical and a commercial success and I believe that the ST had a very solid version. The Mega Drive port, otoh... :picard:


Did you manage to get any distance in it?

Yeah, actually I did get quite far. It was hard, but back then I found it was a great combo of action and exploration, and of course the visuals were sweeeeet. As for the music... let's just say I was late more than a few times for school because I booted the game just to listen to it!
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Post by: Otto on 11:38, 04 August 20

Am I getting too greedy if I confess that I dreamed of a CPC port for a moment there?
In particular when we look at @ComSoft6128 (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2226) 's great article including video here: Food for my Plus volume 2 (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/demos/food-for-my-plus-volume-2/)

... at some time in the video we see the CPCplus artist importing or converting a series of those nice graphics from the game "Gods" into his CPCplus. Half the horizontal resolution, but same palette, and looks great.

I think a port of "Gods" from Atari ST to CPCplus should well be possible. Thanks to the CPCplus' hardware scrolling and hardware sprites it could maybe run smoother than on the ST which always lacked hardware scrolling and sprites.
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Post by: Gryzor on 11:42, 04 August 20
Well it would have to use quite a lot of space though...
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Post by: ComSoft6128 on 12:00, 04 August 20
Guessing here but I imagine a cart would have more than enough space.
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Post by: Otto on 12:04, 04 August 20
Guessing here but I imagine a cart would have more than enough space.
How many KBytes does a cartridge for the CPCplus series hold? I don't seem to find the info in the cool CPCwiki at the moment.
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Post by: ComSoft6128 on 13:36, 04 August 20
512K I think.
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Post by: manossg on 14:39, 04 August 20
Yeah, actually I did get quite far. It was hard, but back then I found it was a great combo of action and exploration, and of course the visuals were sweeeeet. As for the music... let's just say I was late more than a few times for school because I booted the game just to listen to it!


Cool, I didn't even reach the first boss bitd and it's a pity, because then you get a password and you can start to have fun and experiment with weapons, which adds to the fun factor a lot.


Even though it has a few flaws which can be off-putting, I am grateful that I can appreciate this great game now!


(while listening to the Atari ST version of the music...wow, is that the AY?!?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxIWg3Tn7As
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 14:39, 04 August 20
In particular when we look at @ComSoft6128 (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2226) 's great article including video here: Food for my Plus volume 2 (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/demos/food-for-my-plus-volume-2/)

... at some time in the video we see the CPCplus artist importing or converting a series of those nice graphics from the game "Gods" into his CPCplus. Half the horizontal resolution, but same palette, and looks great.

I think a port of "Gods" from Atari ST to CPCplus should well be possible. Thanks to the CPCplus' hardware scrolling and hardware sprites it could maybe run smoother than on the ST which always lacked hardware scrolling and sprites.


/me drooling
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Post by: Gryzor on 15:07, 04 August 20
wow, is that the AY?!?


Yup, and not even on a fancy-pants STe wits its DMA. The ST could output much better sound that is generally believed...

...ahhh and now I'm listening to it again.
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: Otto on 15:19, 04 August 20
(while listening to the Atari ST version of the music...wow, is that the AY?!?)
The British musician, the late Richard Joseph, used samples (or is it one sample containing all the music?) for the Atari ST version, derived from his Amiga four channel sample sound. So it's not straight AY sound but needs (a lot of) CPU power to do samples on the AY. But still it sounds cool, and that's the point.
 
Another great ST soundtrack you find in Turrican II for the Atari ST. Here the German musician Jochen Hippel mixes pure AY sound with AY samples to bring Chris Hülsbeck's Amiga four channel samples to the ST. I think during the title he uses sample sounds which need (a lot of) CPU power to do on the AY, and for the in-game music he uses pure AY sound which cost hardly CPU cycles.

So much from memory...
Title: Re: Retro Rant - Gaming Review Youtube Channel
Post by: manossg on 00:49, 10 August 20
For this time we have Metaphobia, a 2019 point'n'click adventure game made with AGS, that tries to pay tribute to classic adventure games and fails, because....well, watch this spoiler-free review and find out!

https://youtu.be/RwlWpJAK7kQ
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Post by: Gryzor on 12:30, 10 August 20
Fails because...?? I watched all the video and what I got from it is I must go and download it :D
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Post by: manossg on 12:36, 10 August 20
Fails because...?? I watched all the video and what I got from it is I must go and download it :D


It fails because it surpasses the games it pays tribute to!  8)
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Post by: Gryzor on 12:38, 10 August 20
Ahhhh...

Ok, downloaded. It really does look pretty.
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Post by: manossg on 12:42, 10 August 20
Ahhhh...

Ok, downloaded. It really does look pretty.


Have fun! I don't know if you're into them point'n'clicks, but it's a fantastic game!
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Post by: Gryzor on 12:51, 10 August 20
Yes I love them, it's lack of time that kills it for me though... Last one I've played was Thimbleweed Park...
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Post by: manossg on 12:57, 10 August 20
Yes I love them, it's lack of time that kills it for me though... Last one I've played was Thimbleweed Park...


I feel your pain, bro.


Thimbleweed Park...pure awesomeness! Trying to find the time to complete it again!
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Post by: Gryzor on 13:28, 10 August 20
It was amazing really, both as a game and a retro bout of nostalgia. I played it in the evenings after work with my wife over a week and we had such a fantastic time!
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Post by: manossg on 13:43, 10 August 20
It was amazing really, both as a game and a retro bout of nostalgia. I played it in the evenings after work with my wife over a week and we had such a fantastic time!


Should be heaps of fun to play with your SO, unfortunately mine wouldn't get the 80ies nerd references.
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Post by: Gryzor on 13:47, 10 August 20
Hey well she's an 80s child and grew up with Atari, Sega and PC adventuring, so...
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Post by: manossg on 14:38, 10 August 20
Hey well she's an 80s child and grew up with Atari, Sega and PC adventuring, so...


Yeah, that's one of the bad points about TP, it is chock full of 80ies references and can be enjoyed to the full only by those who understand them. A pity, since it could be an excellent introduction to adventure games for younger audiences (it also has an easy setting which is perfect for that).


Metaphobia, otoh, has only one (at least I couldn't find more) reference to other games (will not spoil it, but it is a ridiculous puzzle that has to do with...hair), it has mostly art references understandable by almost everybody, so I think it is better than TP for introducing new people to the joy that is adventure gaming.