Final Fantasy, NES

The very first ever Final Fantasy game was in Japanese only, released for the MSX in 1987. This 1990, NES remake of Final Fantasy was when Squaresoft really made the rest of the world first sit up and take notice.

Final Fantasy got an American release, and Japanese-style RPGs suddenly became more popular in the West.

This Nintendo Entertainment System release, though, is really where the core of the next decade of Final Fantasy games were seeded.



Dungeon Master, PC

Although the mighty Dungeon Master did come out on the Atari ST first, its best incarnation can be found on the PC, in MS-DOS. It runs beautifully in DOS Box and still plays like a dream. Or, rather: a nightmare! Few games will ever make you sweat like the mighty Dungeon Master!


Star Wars Arcade, Sega Megadrive/Genesis 32X

This exciting-looking Star Wars game was first released in arcades in 1993, then released for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis 32X in 1994. It was a launch title for the 32X add-on peripheral.

Graphically Star Wars Arcade was mind-blowing at the time, although the on-rails style gameplay made it repetitive quickly.

An interesting obscurity for Star Wars game completists.

Note: not be mixed-up with the famous Atari Star Wars arcade game, which has a similar title.


Ninja Cop, Game Boy Advance

Ninja Cop (also known as “Ninja Five-O”) on the Game Boy Advance is a brilliant side-scrolling action game, sort of like a cross between Shinobi and Bionic Commando. The main character is agile and deadly, and gets to swing all over the place, and you do feel like an actual ninja (and a cop) when you master the controls and start making progress.

A classic action combat game from Hudson Soft and Konami!

Note: although Ninja Cop was developed by a Japanese company, it was never released in Japan. For some reason. Bizarre.

More: Ninja Cop on Wikipedia

Back To Skool, ZX Spectrum

Dave Reidy‘s sequel to Skool Daze is a brilliant comedy sandbox ‘school simulator’ where you play a kid trying to make his way through a ‘typical’ 1980s school day, by squirting water pistols (sometimes filled with sherry, which can intoxicate teachers, if fired at them accurately), sabotaging school shields (found on some walls), avoiding lines, writing on blackboards, and trying to sneak into the neighboring girl’s school.

Back To Skool is bigger and more involving than Skool Daze, although it is quite a contained game in the sense that the play area is relatively small, but the great characterisation and challenging tasks make it very much fun to play – still, to this day.

Keith Warrington created the graphics for both Skool Daze and Back To Skool, and it must be said that he did an exceptional job in creating very memorable and characterful visuals.


Rayman, Atari Jaguar

I’ve chosen Rayman on the Atari Jaguar to show first because it was the very first version of Rayman ever released, on any video game system. And it was seen as something of a ‘killer app’ on the Jaguar.

Beautiful, colourful, highly French cartoon graphics.

Feast your eyes on this small selection of high quality grabs!


Bubble Ghost, Commodore 64

There are a number of Bubble Ghost conversions floating around, but the Commodore 64 version is arguably the best. It has responsive controls and smooth movement, which you need for a tricky inertia-based game like this.

A classic puzzle/trap game!

Bubble Ghost on The King of Grabs:
Bubble Ghost Commodore 64 version
Bubble Ghost Atari ST version
Bubble Ghost Amstrad CPC version
Bubble Ghost Game Boy version


Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, PC

Colourful and adrenaline-pumping update of a retro-gaming classic, Pac-Man Championshop Edition DX is a pill-eating maze game that pays fitting tribute to the arcade game. This is one big, tripping score attack!


Rebelstar: Tactical Command, Game Boy Advance

Designed by British strategy game design expert Julian Gollop, Rebelstar: Tactical Command is a highly engrossing turn-based isometric war game with futuristic characters, weapons and technology. Lots of menus and settings and tile-based movement. Published by Namco in 2005/2006.