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Hewson Consultants were one of the smaller software companies which produced games for home computers in the mid 1980s. They had a reputation for high quality games which continually pushed the boundaries of what the computers were capable of and can be compared favourably with other ground-breaking software houses like Ultimate Play the Game and Beyond. Fourteen of their games were awarded 'Megagame' by Your Sinclair.

Hewson was founded by Andrew Hewson in the early 1980s. He became interested in computers while working at the British Museum when their first machine arrived. After learning to program, Andrew wrote a programming guide book entitled Hints and Tips for the ZX Spectrum. Following the publication, bedroom coders began to send Andrew the games they had programmed on cassette tape, giving Andrew the idea to publish the games. Hewson Consultants was born, and initially released games via mail order advertisements in computing magazines. Andrew was also a columnist in Sinclair User magazine throughout the 1980s.

Andrew and other members of the Hewson management team went on to form 21st Century Entertainment after Hewson shut down in the early 1990s, releasing several chart topping games such as Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions. Andrew was also the founder of ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers Association) which continues to be the European regulating body for the video games industry.

Although Hewson Consultants closed in 1991, their games are still covered in the retro gaming press, and many of their hit titles including Uridium, Paradroid, Nebulus and Cybernoid, have recently launched on Nintendo's Virtual Console game download service. Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies have also now been released as iPhone apps.

They were heavily involved with the design team Graftgold who produced many of their titles.




Latest Downloads


TitlePlatform
GuadalcanalSinclair ZX Spectrum
MercsCommodore 64
Impossible MissionSinclair ZX Spectrum
SOSSinclair ZX Spectrum
Red BaronSinclair ZX Spectrum
EvolutionSinclair ZX Spectrum
TempestSinclair ZX81
ZenjiSinclair ZX Spectrum
Marble MadnessCommodore 64
ThrustCommodore 64

News

Panic! Dizzy Oliver Twins new title smashes Kickstarter goal

Panic! Dizzy - A 'new' old game by The Oliver Twins smashes Kickstarter goal!

After raising an incredible £20,780 thanks to backers, the latest Kickstarter for Panic! Dizzy; A 'new' old NES game by The Oliver Twins that has been lost and found in The Oliver Twins attic, is now a massive success.15 March 2019

New Bruce Lee title for C64

Return of Fury is a continuation of the original game Bruce Lee, developed by DataSoft Inc, in 1984.

It features all of the classic gameplay, but now in a brand new world. The improvements were made by Vidar Bang, Rune Spaans, Anders Rodahl, Kåre Johansen, Roy Widding, Andrew Fisher, Vinny Mainolfi, Chris Stanley, Tom Roger Skauen and Paul Hughes.

More details can be seen on the Megastyle website. 08 March 2019

New FPGA-based C64 Video Enhancement

A new FPGA-based modification board for the Commodore 64 computer is being developed to produce YPbPr video output.

The C64 is the most iconic device of the 8-bit computer era and there is a huge library of software and hardware modifications available. Nevertheless the video output quality is inherently poor by modern standards, even with the use of the s-video option. This is specially true with LCD flat screens that amplify the visual artifacts even more.

This clever piece of kit developed by user C0pperdragon bypasses the chrominance/luminance signal generation of the VIC-II and computes a YPbPr signal directly from the digital information available inside the computer. As it turns out, it is enough to passively listen to just about 22 pins of the VIC-II to figure out what video signal it actually intends to generate. Using the information from these pins and some logic implemented in an FPGA, a pixel-perfect replication of the video image can be generated.

For more details, head over to C0pperdragon's GitHub page.15 March 2019

Amiga classic Stunt Car Racer ported to the BBC Master

Originally written by Geoff Crammond, also known for Formula One Grand Prix, this iconic title was a huge hit on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST back in 1989.

Now The Bitshifters Collective and Kieran Connell have managed to port the game to the Acorn BBC Master!

This feat required a lot of effort to get the graphics running so super-smooth, but it really plays well! The BBC Master is a 2Mhz 6502 with 128Kb RAM, so it is really amazing to get this running on a stock 8-bit system.

Head over to the Bitshifters Collective GitHub page for more info. It's also listed on pouet.net.07 March 2019

Knight Lore Ported to the Plus/4

The Ultimate Play the Game classic, Knight Lore, has been ported to the Commodore Plus/4. The game is producted by Rod & Emu Productions, developed by Emu (code), and includes music by Saul Cross graphics by Almighty God.

The title also includes a number of built-in cheats to make it a little easier, supported both PAL and NTSC machines, as well as SID card or original TED for audio.

Click here for the Plus/4 Web page.07 March 2019

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