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Finding your way round Retro Isle is easy! For hardware info, just use the dropdown menu below the Retro Isle logo, hover over a manufacturer, and a sub-menu will appear, showing various computers.

If you want to look-up an old favourite game just type it into the "Search" box to the right of the Retro Isle logo or use the menus under it to look up alphabetically. You can also use the search box to find a publisher's name, an author, or news article content. When you've found it, feel free to submit a review or a rating!

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Publisher Spotlight

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In 1983 Martin Alper, Frank Herman, Terry Medway and Alan Sharam founded the computer game publishing company Mastertronic. The four had some financial backing from a small group of outside investors and previous experience in video distribution. Their initial venture involved bundling packages of 100 tapes ("dealer packs") and sending them to news agents, toy shops, motorway service stations, or just about anyone who would take them. At that time (1984) mainstream retailers generally refused to take the risk on budget games because of poor quality and sales. Mastertronic eventually won them over with a regular supply of good quality and high selling games.

Mastertronic bought out Melbourne House when that label was struggling with financial problems. With new heavy financial commitments, Mastertronic itself was now suffering severe cash flow problems. Virgin stepped in and Richard Branson, who wanted to buy Mastertronic in order to get into the growing Sega business, purchased the 45% of shares held by the outside investment group. As a result nearly all the staff moved over to Sega when they took over the business from Virgin and only a handful of games programmers stayed with the publishing side (quickly renamed Virgin Interactive Entertainment). After the Sega takeover Frank became deputy Managing Director of Sega Europe and Alan was Managing Director of Sega UK. Martin left the UK and became resident in the US.




Latest Downloads


TitlePlatform
AbyssSinclair ZX Spectrum
Ace LowSinclair ZX Spectrum
1984Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Viking RaidersSinclair ZX Spectrum
Alien HighwaySinclair ZX Spectrum
Rally Cross SimulatorCommodore 64
BMX SimulatorCommodore 64
Dizzy : The Ultimate Cartoon AdventureCommodore 64
Grand Prix SimulatorCommodore 64
Grand Prix Simulator 2Commodore 64

News

New RPG Speccy mini game - Magical Tower Adventure

Timmy over on the WoS forums has created a new mini RPG adventure called Magical Tower Adventure. It's a colourful game consisting of 10 levels.

There is a story of a Tower somewhere in the evil lands, filled with monsters and other magical creatures. Many fighters have entered but no one came back. There are many rumours about treasures and princesses but no one really knows. This time a new Hero has arrived at the Magical Tower, and he will need all the help he can get to kill the boss at the top level of the Tower.

Full instructions are given in the ZIP file. The game is in .TAP format, so you can play it on the majority of Spectrum emulators.02 June 2016

New for Spectrum: Tourmaline

From the RetroSouls Team comes a fresh Boulder Dash clone for the ZX Spectrum.

Tourmaline has been created by Denis Grachev, the Russian designer and creator of wonders like Alter Ego, 8-bit Night and Multitude BiColor edition - he now presents us with a kind of clone of the classic Boulder Dash, with great level design, remarkable graphics and seamless gameplay.

The game is free to download from RetroSouls.25 May 2016

CPC Game Competition 2016

It's definitely competition season right now, and news of another just hit the headlines - #CPCRetroDev 2016, the 4th edition of the retro game creation contest of the University of Alicante is kicking off. This contest awards the best and most creative developers of the retro scene, able to develop the best games for Amstrad CPC 464.

Your game submissions must be in by 26th October, so why not see what you can put together in 5 months! You can develop either a BASIC game or machine code, as there are separate categories that will be assessed. There are rewards up to 1,050 Euro to be won.

Check the CPCRetroDev 2016 website for details.25 May 2016

Commodore Free 92 out now

The latest version of the popular Commodore Free online magazine is out now.

For the latest news, editorial, reviews, adverts on new hardware and software, and helpful hints, visit the Commodore Free website.



29 April 2016

Ron Gilbert asks for Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion IP from Disney

Earlier this month, Disney announced that it would be getting out of games development and cancelled its Infinity line of games and toys. Instead of creating new games internally, the House of Mouse would license out its properties to third party developers. New Star Wars games are on their way, and we can no doubt expect games based on Marvel Comics characters and ones centered around classic Disney franchises.

What isn’t assured, however, are games based on some lesser-known properties. It’s probably safe to assume that Disney isn’t rushing to release anything new from the Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion series any time soon. While these games are beloved by many, they aren’t exactly “hot” licenses. This is something that Ron Gilbert, the man who created both franchises, is painfully aware of. As such, he is asking Disney to sell him the rights to his games.

Gilbert actually made this same request back in 2012 when Disney bought LucasFilm and LucasArts. Speaking to Eurogamer at the time, Gilbert said: “I would love to get the rights back to Monkey Island and be able to really make the game I want to make.”23 May 2016

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