Retro Game Friday: Battlezone


This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a true classic! It’s Battlezone, the 1980 version!

Gameplay: The game was pretty simple, shoot enemy tanks while avoiding getting hit, from a First Person Point of View. It was pretty exciting, and I personally played it on my mothers old Apple II computer when I was like 3. The original arcade version had a periscopal viewfinder which made this game pretty much the first ever Virtual Reality game to be made ever.

Art: Everything was done in Vectors, so blocky outlines of the tanks and environment. It actually doesn’t look too bad now, although it has definitely aged.

Music: I don’t remember it at all, sorry.

Overall: If you get the chance to play it for free, do so for a bit. Otherwise just enjoy the fact that this was a pioneer among VR games.

For those who like: VR, Military Games, Tanks, FPS, Vector Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Chip’s Challenge



This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a really old game, one of the first ones I can remember, it even came out before I was born! It’s Chip’s Challenge.

Plot Synopsis:¬†The premise of the game is that high-school nerd Chip McCallahan has met Melinda The Mental Marvel in the school science laboratory and must navigate through Melinda’s “Clubhouse” (a series of increasingly difficult puzzles) in order to prove himself and gain membership to the very exclusive Bit Buster Club.

Plot: I never knew this game even had a plot, I just played it on my Dad’s old computer when I was 4.

Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty simple. It’s a top down view puzzle game, and you try to work your way through a series of increasingly difficult levels.

Music: I honestly don’t remember if this game had music as I haven’t played it in 15 years at least.

Art: The art was pretty decent given that it’s older than me, a pretty classic looking game. The above cover art is hilarious¬†though.

Overall: If you want a tough, at least I remember it being tough, puzzle game try this one. It’s probably been made into a flash game that you can play on your browser.

For those who like: Puzzle Games, Retro Games.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.