Introduction…

I got my first computer when I was 5. An Acorn Electron, derided by some for being a cut down BBC Micro with worse graphics and sound. I didn’t care, it was mine and I loved it. Even when I got a much superior Commodore 64 a few years later I stil…

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I got my first computer when I was 5. An Acorn Electron, derided by some for being a cut down BBC Micro with worse graphics and sound. I didn’t care, it was mine and I loved it. Even when I got a much superior Commodore 64 a few years later I still kept the old Electron around, and I still have it now in a box upstairs.

There were some amazing games on the Electron, particularly those produced by Superior Software. Striker’s Run and it’s sequel Codename Droid, the Repton series, Elite, Exile (my favourite game of all time, and one which I will complete one day. I will), and countless others.

This blog is not about them though. There are much better places to read about brilliant retro computer games. Instead, this blog is about the absolute worst casette of games I owned.

When I was at Primary School there weren’t many things much cooler than having a Calculator Watch. I desperately wanted one. Imagine how I felt when I saw an advert to get one FREE with a copy of Cascade Softwares’s “Casette 50”. The advert promised 50 fantastic games on one casette. I begged my parents. 50 games AND a calculator watch – how could it go wrong?

It could. Spectacularly. And you’ll see how.

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(Yes, I know that’s the Commodore 64 inlay rather than the Acorn Electron one. I will scan my copy in when I rescue it from the cardboard box it is in. Soon).

Author: Pete Collins

Bundle of wasted potential. Music & Retro Gaming blogger, and bass player for Flange Circus.

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