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Retro Remakes ”A Game for Helen” competition links up with the Special Effect project of the same name to bring an inclusive arcade experience to kids and young adults in the hospices Helen and Douglas House. This is especially aimed at bringing games to those who cannot play arcade type games using conventional controls due to disability.
This sector of the Retro Remakes competition will be looking for entrants to create accessible updated counterparts of real or imagined arcade games from the 1920’s to date. These can include mechanical, electro-mechanical and video games. Basically – anything at all you might find in an amusement arcade through the ages.
Hopes? Eye Tracker and One Switch compatible games for PCs with some good additional accessibility features/options (more on that later). Genres? Pinball, Fortune Telling Machines, Crane Machines, Fruit Machines, Bowling games, Shooting Gallery, Horse Racing games, Whack-a-mole, Shove-a-penny, Pool, Air Hockey, Pachinko, Table Football, Atari SteepleChase for one or more players, something with big explosions in, humour… Anything!
Category 2: Games That Weren’t.
For many a reason during the eighties, a number of promised games failed to appear. In some cases, we may have got a teaser at the end of a game, in other cases we may have got little more than a vague promise in a magazine editorial. In some cases something existed, in others little to nothing. Many a year has passed with the staff at Remakes Towers wondering just what might have been had these games appeared. Now is your opportunity to let your imagination run riot and create/recreate one of the great lost games for category number 2 – Games That Weren’t.
Please note, we’re not asking you to make something entirely fictional up here. Whilst you can argue till you’re blue in the face that “My Game Number 8” never existed in the first place, it’s not what we mean by “Games That Weren’t” – it has to be something with at the very least a vague promise in a 1980’s computer magazine from either the publishers or the authors. We’re talking the Mire Mare’s, the Eye Of The Moon’s, the Willy Meets The Taxman and so on…
For those wondering which games never appeared, we recommend no finer a resource than the awesome Games That Weren’t Portal, a comprehensive overview of missing games for some of the prime home computers, evidence, files and what might have been – all available thanks to the good folks tireless work in tracing these things. Speccy fans can find a useful list over at World Of Spectrum.
This year, to give more people an opportunity to enter and to win prizes, we’re dividing competition entries up into six seperate categories. In the run up to the competition we’ll be announcing each of these categories before the rules go live and the competition begins proper.
Lets get this thing started with Category 1.
Category 1: Retro Remakes
As you’d anticipate from a competition being ran by Retro Remakes, our first category is The Retro Remakes Category. In order to enter into the Retro Remakes Category you need to pick a game and remake it. Who’d have thunk it, eh? Naturally, we have a few things we’d like you to bear in mind. The whole point of a retro remake is to bring a classic game up to speed on modern hardware. Whilst we’re not going to say “no” to anyone who turns in a more “classic” looking game, we’d at least prefer it if you could improve on the original, fix any flaws if need be and make it worthwhile playing as a game in itself.
However, we will say no to anyone who attempts to enter any of the following titles into this category. Seriously, they’ve been done to death and we’re asking folks not to enter any of the titles below (I mean, really, so don’t do what some people did last time and not actually read this bit where we said don’t)
- Jet-Set Willy
- Pac Man
- Pong ( In ANY dimension )
- Space invaders
- Time Pilot