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Ant Attack, Commodore 64

The ZX Spectrum original of Ant Attack was so good that it spawned a decent 1984 Commodore 64 version, by Paul Fik and Bitterne Software.

C64 Ant Attack is pretty much identical to the original, but with a few extra colours and slightly different system fonts. Possibly even runs slightly faster than the Spectrum original, although that could have been the time distortions caused by the magic mushrooms… I’m not sure.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_Attack

Cave Noire, Game Boy

Konami‘s Cave Noire is a smart little handheld ‘Roguelike’ dungeon crawler for the Nintendo Game Boy that was first released in Japan in 1991. Cave Noire did not recieve a release outside of its native country, which is a pity because it’s an excellent game.

Like all ‘Roguelikes’ (meaning: games based on the original Unix game, Rogue), Cave Noire generates new dungeons every time you play, with the aim being: to explore these random dungeons, beating up monsters and collecting treasure along the way. The idea is to stay alive for as long as possible, and to beat the bosses at the end of each dungeon. It’s not particularly easy although the challenge is most welcome.

You can play Cave Noire as a boy or a girl, which is cool, and the game is fairly easy to understand and play. Movement and combat are turn-based, and the monsters don’t move unless you move.

It doesn’t really matter that the game is in Japanese – it’s still fairly easy to understand what’s going on and make progress.

Cave Noire is an obscure past release from Konami, and a very good one. You could call it a “hidden gem”.

Limbo, PC

Dark and disturbing, Playdead’s Limbo is a small boy’s journey into a world filled with deadly traps and killer monsters. It is one of the best platform games ever made, with beautiful, subtle, atmospheric, black and white graphics, eyebrow-raising situations, and ingenious solutions to problems. And lots of gratuitous killing. Almost always of yourself.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_(video_game)
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/LIMBO/
gog.com: https://www.gog.com/game/limbo
Origin: https://www.origin.com/gbr/en-us/store/limbo/limbo/standard-edition

 

Ant Attack, ZX Spectrum

This innovative 1983 ZX Spectrum game was one of the very first to use isometric 3D graphics.

It was written by Sandy White for Quicksilva, and was a revelation back in the early days of gaming.

Ant Attack is still great fun to play even now. You basically have to rescue a boy or a girl from a city overrun by ants. You can run, jump and fire grenades, and that’s about it! Simple.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_Attack