adippm82 wrote:Others off the top of my head ... Plan B on Electron, and I'll finish with Codename Droid 2 on BBC B.
Certainly not forgotten by me. Plan B I seem to remember came out on Bug Byte roughly at the same time as Dunjunz, and it marked the point that the budget market on the BBC and Electron really exploded. Absolutely phenomenal games for just 2 or 3 quid.
Codename Droid (technically Stryker's Run 2: Codename Droid) was an absolute joy. First moment I used my Electron and genuinely thought I was looking at a game you'd ordinarily see on the C64 or Speccy. One of these days I'm going to sit down with it on an emulator and actually finish it.
As for my suggestions:
Big Red Racing
(PC): Criminally underloved racer from Domark (also got a Kixx rerelease). A ridiculous amount of fun. Particularly loved the levels with the Minis, which gave it a great Italian Job feel.
(Mega Drive): Was surprised to see this get a sequel at all, after the mauling the original got. I took a punt on it for a fiver at second-hand shop a month or two after it limped out. It's actually a very enjoyable game, and probably one of the better platformers on the MD.
(PC): Never got on with this at all. Took me ages to get my old 586 to run it at all, and it was just all a bit maddening. No real surprise there's no great outpouring of teary nostalgia over this.
(PC): Not so much forgotten, just a bit left where it was. Of all the mid-90s FPSs, this is one I am dying to see revived for the current gen. I went more or less straight from MD to PC in gaming terms, circa 96, and although I'd had a quick play on Wolfenstein 3D before, I'd missed Doom first time out and so this was my first proper PC FPS experience. After this, Doom seemed really, really mundane and unimaginative.
(MD): While I think of it, here's another. Time hasn't been especially kind to it, but when I first got it, it was an absolute revelation. Probably postponed me moving on from the MD for another year or two as well, as I had it in my head that if the MD could do a proper FPS shooter, there was nothing it couldn't do.
(BBC/Electron): Got a full-price release at some point, but I was only aware of it as a budget game. Really difficult, but so, so addictive. I imagine the moment I got my first frog is one of those gaming achievements I rank up with when other people say they first got ranked as Elite.
(BBC/Electron): A real oddity that's on a Dynabyte collection I used to play to death. You control a raft, and you have to stop people jumping into the sea. Each time you get the raft under them, they bounce in the air. Three bounces and they're back on dry land. As it goes on, it becomes more of a juggle as you have to bounce 1 person, then go back and bounce another, and then return to catch the one that's already in the air, and so forth. Very Game & Watch, but a really good simple idea. There's surely a good iPad port to be had.
Notable mentions: Alex Kidd BMX Trial (MS import), Krusty's Fun House (everything, but particularly on GB), Slap Shot (decent MS hockey game that got completely forgotten once EA Hockey came out on the MD), Mick & Mack Global Gladiators, My Hero (MS), Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92 (one of the best ever Track & Field-style button mashers), Terminator: Future Shock (PC)