Pick your favourite 8-bit platform - computer or console, Amstrad, Atari, C64, Speccy, MSX, NES, MS, Colecovision, GameBoy, etc.
Then list five games on it you're still happy to get stuck into today. Not just some tat your dear old Mum bought you that means everything to you and everyone else says is rubbish, but games that provide a challenge, have an addictive hook, have genre-beating graphics and playability. And let's include up-to-date remakes, demakes and homebrew too, just so long as it actually runs on the real bit of hardware.
But remember, five games for just your favourite one retro 8-bit platform.
And to start off, I'm going to repeat my list of 5 favourite games for the Speccy - what else?
- Manic Miner - 1983 - The original and best, and still a platforming challenge.
- Buzzsaw+ - 2011 - Well, I would, but I wanted a falling-blocks game just like this so I wrote one.
- Chronos (48K) - 1987 - Lots of fun to be had from a simple scrolling shooter.
- DreamWalker - 2014 - Pretty platforming puzzles galore.
- The Dark - 2016 - Startling good FPS on a Speccy; the fully spoken intro alone is mind-blowing.