Orbitter (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 19)

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Don’t hit the teeny-tiny planet with your equally teen-tiny (and flickery) spaceship. Or else. You hear me?

See the Vic-20 version of Orbitter
See the Commodore 64 version of Orbitter
See the ZX81 version of Orbitter
See the Acorn Electron version of Orbitter

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Motorway (ZX81 Cassette 50 Game 20)

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“Right Mr Collins, welcome to the Cassette 50 School of Motoring. Today you’re going to be driving down a Motorway”.

That sounds OK, I think I can handle that.

“Not so fast Mr Collins, this Motorway has seven lanes”.

Alright, well I’m still pretty confident that I’ll be OK as long as I stay aware of what’s going on around me. Maybe just stick to the inside couple of lanes just to be sure.

“Well, here’s the thing…”

Go on…

“You’re going to be driving straight towards the oncoming traffic”

Hmmmm. Something doesn’t seem quite right here. Anyway, off I go, see you back here in a few minutes…OH MOTHER OF GOD WHY CAN’T I SLOW DOWN? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THE BRAKES? OH FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!

SPLAT.

See the Amstrad version of Motorway
See the Atari 8-bit version of Motorway
See the ZX Spectrum version of Motorway
See the Vic-20 version of Motorway
See the Commodore 64 version of Motorway
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Motorway

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).