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Best 8 or 16 bit Budget Game

Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:48 pm

What is your favourite 8 or 16 bit budget game? (And I'm not talking about re-releases)

Quite oftern as a kid it was a choice between getting a Firebird or Mastertronic title at £1.99 a week , or saving up for a month to get the full price titles.

Many were instantly forgettable , but titles like Booty , The Last V8 , Finders Keepers/Magic Knight series , Dizzy , The Wild Bunch , Feud and Action Biker - to name but a few - were better than the more expensive arcade conversions or licenced games

Although by the time of the 16 bit market , budget games tended to be re-released full price titles , there were still a few notable original budget games with ttles like Arcade Pool , Alien Breed Special Edition , Rockstar Ate My Hamster , and one of my favourites the 'Middle East Simulator' Conflict

Which game did YOU think gave you the maximum enjoyment ,'whilst still leaving some cash in your pocket?
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:07 pm

i really loved "rescue" by mastertronic, it was somewhat like gauntlet except set in space, where you go around shooting space pirates and rescuing scientists :)

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Post by pottyboy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:40 pm

Kikstart 2 on the C64

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Post by pantal00ns » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:49 pm

Rebelstar by firebird

Master of magic by Mastertronic


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Post by Midnight Synergy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:11 pm

Does Llamatron (Atari ST) count as budget? (It was only five quid.) If so, that's my vote for 16-bit!
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:14 pm

Midnight Synergy wrote:Does Llamatron (Atari ST) count as budget? (It was only five quid.) If so, that's my vote for 16-bit!
budget titles for 16 bit machines usually cost £9.99 , so definately included
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Post by sleeper77 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:19 pm

8 bit all the usuals like Firebird, Mastertronic, Codemasters, Kixx. 16 bit would be Team 17 for having a good games catalogue.

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Post by witchfinder » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:49 pm

pottyboy wrote:Kikstart 2 on the C64
Good shout! :D

However my favourite budget game on the C64 had to be Street Surfer...

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Post by MC1 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:50 pm

Megabucks on the Speccy.
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Post by Celebaglar » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:52 pm

I think it's only a fair thread if it excludes re-releases of originally full-priced games.

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Post by MC1 » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:57 pm

Which one?
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:01 pm

Celebaglar wrote:I think it's only a fair thread if it excludes re-releases of originally full-priced games.
Absolutely - I did mention that in my first post (although perhaps should have been put in the topic headline)

What we're talking about here are games deemed not worthy of a 'full price' release , yet were much better value than the publisher bargained for
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Post by Celebaglar » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:07 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Absolutely - I did mention that in my first post (although perhaps should have been put in the topic headline)
Not to worry - just me being an inattentive something or other then. :wink:

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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:12 pm

I wonder if they were any decent (or even half decent) full price games that DIDN'T get re-released on budget lables , or be given away free by mags?

Obviously games like Shadow Of The Unicorn , which required a RAM pack didn't , but I guess not many others


Come to think of it , I don't think Elite got a budget release?
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Post by Celebaglar » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:16 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:I wonder if they were any decent (or even half decent) full price games that DIDN'T get re-released on budget lables , or be given away free by mags?

Obviously games like Shadow Of The Unicorn , which required a RAM pack didn't , but I guess not many others


Come to think of it , I don't think Elite got a budget release?
I should think there are quite a few. Many got included in some compilation or other, or stuffed onto magazine cover tapes in later years, but didn't actually get an individual budget release.

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