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Posted at 07:37 on September 14th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 21:29 on September 13th, 2013:
Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 07:33 on September 8th, 2013:
A football game whose goal it was to not let any ball pass. You had three possible positions to enter and multiple balls approaching at once on each 'lane'. So it was essentially the same game as the shaceship one, just that instead of avoiding the approaching objects, you had to catch them.

Did it have a yellow/black frame and could it play some songs (like Beethoven's 'Für Elise')? I think I had that one too!

The spaceship one had a yellow and black plastic case, the football one was blue and black, I think. The former played 'Für Elise', yes! Do you remember whether there was any shooting (from either side) involved?
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Posted at 21:29 on September 13th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 07:33 on September 8th, 2013:
A football game whose goal it was to not let any ball pass. You had three possible positions to enter and multiple balls approaching at once on each 'lane'. So it was essentially the same game as the shaceship one, just that instead of avoiding the approaching objects, you had to catch them.

Did it have a yellow/black frame and could it play some songs (like Beethoven's 'Für Elise')? I think I had that one too!

Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 07:33 on September 8th, 2013:
The funny thing was that I still played both quite extensively. Seems I was able to 'get into' the themes well enough to overlook the similarity in the gameplay :)

Actually I didn't notice those similarities in the gameplay until I wrote the review, and had a more 'ciritcal' look at all those games. But, as I wrote, normally they did a decent job of disguising them, so normally you wouldn't mind.
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Posted at 07:33 on September 8th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The first two games of this type I owned were…

  • A game where you controlled a space ship. You could jump between three positions (left, right, centre). It was sort of '3D'. On each 'lane' (…left, right, centre…), rocks and enemy ships would approach which you would have to avoid. I'm not quite sure whether any shooting was involved, either from the player's side of from the other ships.
  • A football game whose goal it was to not let any ball pass. You had three possible positions to enter and multiple balls approaching at once on each 'lane'. So it was essentially the same game as the shaceship one, just that instead of avoiding the approaching objects, you had to catch them.

The funny thing was that I still played both quite extensively. Seems I was able to 'get into' the themes well enough to overlook the similarity in the gameplay :)
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Posted at 07:54 on August 31st, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Chances are high that if you are a kid of the 80s, one of your first contacts to the world of video gaming was in the form of a Game & Watch game. If this name shouldn’t trigger flashbacks to black and grey gaming action with noisy beeping sounds: This was one of the most famous series of handheld electronic games. All of them consisted of just one game, which ran on a somewhat tiny LCD screen (think old pocket calculator), were the sprites appeared in predefined places. While the detailed cut-out characters were far superior to the very blocky graphics of contemporary video games, the lack of freedom of movement made for some very basic game concepts – most of the time you just had to jump between more or less safe spaces. As primitive as this might sound, back in the days they were actually pretty entertaining and handy too. Just imagine carrying around your games in palm sized plastic cases instead of being stuck with one of those old desktops! Besides at a price of 10-20$ they were actually affordable for kids and teens.


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