Retro Gamer magazine #179

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PostRetro Gamer magazine #179
by jawafour » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:33 pm

Retro Gamer Magazine
Published by Future
Load 179 - on sale 22 March 2018


Radar
> Paul Woakes - A Legend Passes
I only found out about this through the magazine and I'm genuinely sad about Paul's passing. He created the wonderful Mercenary, my favourite game on the Commodore 64. Fast vector graphics, a large area to explore, funny features (who can forget the ultra-fast cheese ship? :lol: ) and exciting gameplay. Thanks for the great time, Paul :toot: .
> Two-Point Hospital, C64 music remixes

Features
> Back to the Noughties: March 2001
> Retro Revival: Space Taxi (C64)
> The Story of Pac-Man (Atari 2600) (6 pages) [ :wub: SUPER!]
> Ultimate Guide to: Pac-Mania (6 pages)
> Dark Star and Forbidden Planet: Denton Designs' ZX Spectrum classics (4 pages)
> Classic Moments: Sabre Wulf (ZX Spectrum)
> BBC Micro: The King of the Arcade Clones (6 pages) [ :wub: SUPER!]
> Retro Revival: Fray CD: Xak Gaiden (PC Engine)
> The History of Sonic on the Sega Master System (6 pages) [ :wub: SUPER!]
> Peripheral Vision: Archer Super-Deluxe Competition joystick
> Collecting Games: Quicksilva (6 pages)
> Hardware Heaven: Sega Mega Drive
> Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight (4 pages)
> The Unconverted: Flip Maze
> Parodius (4 pages)
> Retro Revival: Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color)
> The Making of: Aladdin (Mega Drive) (4 pages) [ :wub: SUPER!]
> Lost In Translation
> Future Classic: Nex Machina
> Minority Report: Sega Dreamcast (4 pages)
> Hardware Heaven: PSone
> In The Chair With: Gregg Mayles (Rare) (10 pages)
> Retro Revival: Jurassic Park (SNES)
> Retro Rated: Owlboy (Switch), Wulverblade (PS4), Secret of Mana (PS4), Sky Force Reloaded (Switch), Gate of Doom (Switch
> Gamers Homebrew (4 pages)
> Mailbag
> Retro Revival: Manx TT SuperBike (Saturn)

Other
> The cover features Pac-Man
> The issue comes with a Commodore 64 Remix CD, featuring modern remakes of 12 classic C64 game music tracks; and a double-sided poster featuring Bob Wakelin's game box artwork and the Commodore 64
> The retail price is £5.99 (up from the standard £4.99 due to the inclusion of the CD)
> The next issue is on sale 19 April and features Spider-Man on Sega systems, The Chaos Engine, Renegade III, Total Eclipse I and II and more!
> Subscription offer: Half-price subscription (£14.97 every six months) for a year - click here
> NEW! jawa's favourite articles are highlighted with "[ :wub: SUPER!]" in the above list

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:39 pm

Ironically I just bought this about half an hour ago so I'll be giving it a read over the weekend. Looking forward to the BBC Micro piece as it was the first computer I ever owned. Mum was a teacher and Dad got me disks full of copied legitimate games. Good times. Been thinking about picking up one from eBay for dat nostalgia.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by KK » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:43 pm

I didn't know Metal Gear Solid came out on Game Boy. Was it released in the UK?

OPM tried to get Konami to re-release Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake onto PSone in 2003 or 2004 (a lot of publishers were releasing old games like James Pond Robocod and Baldies at that point) but I don't think Konami were interested for some bizarre reason.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:51 pm

KK wrote:I didn't know Metal Gear Solid came out on Game Boy. Was it released in the UK?

OPM tried to get Konami to re-release Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake onto PSone in 2003 or 2004 (a lot of publishers were releasing old games like James Pond Robocod and Baldies at that point) but I don't think Konami were interested for some bizarre reason.

Pretty sure it got a UK release. It was a GBC game and is actually damn good. Well worth playing.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by jawafour » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:56 pm

KK wrote:I didn't know Metal Gear Solid came out on Game Boy. Was it released in the UK?...

Cheeky Devlin wrote:Pretty sure it got a UK release...

Yeah, it sure did - I have a boxed copy that I picked up from the old MVC chain of entertainment stores on launch :-).

I think it only got a low print run, though, and it is one of the games that now goes for relatively high prices on the GBC; anywhere from £40 to £70 for complete copies according to recent eBay "sold" records.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by ITSMILNER » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:31 pm

I remember playing that Metal Gear on GBC, great little game it was

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by KK » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:06 pm

Disappointed I missed out on it now. I recall GBC and Advance games being very expensive though (the same price as a console title) and they never seemed to come down in price that much.

I never played as many Colour and Advance games as I would have liked (the GBC was practically the Pokemon Blue and Tetris machine) as when it came down to it I always plumped for a PS1 game instead.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by Ad7 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:22 am

Just subscribed to the magazine because of this thread, been meaning to for years and £15 for 6 issues is a great deal.

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by jawafour » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:52 am

Ad7 wrote:Just subscribed to the magazine because of this thread, been meaning to for years and £15 for 6 issues is a great deal.

It is a good offer and I'm thinking of subscribing, too. I usually pick up a copy each month and I always enjoy reading through it. I'm glad they they now regard PS2, 'Cube and Xbox as "retro", too... they are about sixteen years old now :) .

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by Corazon de Leon » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:14 am

They're two removed from current Gen(three for the 'Cube) - I think it's only right that some nostalgia is attached to them! :)

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PostRe: Retro Gamer magazine #179
by Jazzem » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:39 pm

Thank you kindly for posting the subscription offer Jawa, really is about time I got back on this gem of a mag :wub:

And yeah, GCN/PS2/Xbox gen is both old enough and with enough of its own historically interesting quirks that it can easily be counted as retro. The image 'retro' inspires in the context of games will almost certainly still be 8/16-bit visuals, but its scope doesn't have to be limited to that as time goes on.


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