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The Rogue Traders

It’s no secret that I love rogue-likes. I genuinely believe that it is an incredibly fun subgenre with some amazing titles. I have lost countless hours to many of them, on all systems I have owned. From my 3DS to my Vita, my Xbox One to my PC and Switch. If I own a system, it’s a safe bet that you will find quite a few rogue-likes on it. I adore the challenge. The risk. Knowing that on...[Read More]

Review – Bitmap Books Presents: The Art of Point and Click Adventure Games

As a rather precocious child, I had taught myself to read before I even started school. It was therefore the decision of the small little village school I attended all those years ago, to pop me on the computer and let me play a few simple, educational games (or whatever the teachers could find) and free reign of the school library while the other children learnt the alphabet. Between playing Gran...[Read More]

Interview – Bitmap Bureau

Orange Bison had the pleasure to speak to Mike Tucker from Bitmap Bureau to talk about his up and coming game Xeno Crisis. Orange Bison: Can you tell us about your project? Bitmap Bureau: Well, Xeno Crisis is a new game originally designed for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis which takes a lot of inspiration from Smash TV but also throws in elements of Mercs, Shock Troopers, The Chaos Engine, Skeleto...[Read More]

The Rise and Rise of Retro Gaming

Just what is it about the retro gaming scene that is so engaging gamers, collectors and an entirely new generation all at the same time? All you need to do to get an insight in to the rise of retro gaming is to google the term ‘retro gaming’. It is huge and the reasons for this are varied. Why are people blowing their hard earned cash on games that are 30-40 years old? What makes the search for ol...[Read More]

Interview – Mega Cat Studios

Mega Cat Studios are a retro and current gen game development studio based in Pittsburgh USA. What is interesting about MCS is the fact that the games that are created for original retro systems, get full box packaging and artwork, and a full colour manual just like you would have received back in the day; while still also releasing on modern day formats that current generation gamers would be fam...[Read More]

NEWSFLASH – Log Jammers Kickstarter Goes LIVE

From Mega Cat Studios comes the latest in a long line of games, LOG JAMMERS! Log Jammers is a retro feel competitive arcade sports game featuring axe-throwing, blade catching action with multiple characters to choose from and a multitude of different arenas to compete in.The game is ready for release on PC, and NES for the retro gamers who like to collect new cartridges, with a standard option or ...[Read More]

Career Feature and Interview with Philip and Andrew Oliver AKA The Oliver Twins

All photographs in this article are the property of Philip and Andrew Oliver and are used with their kind permission. The Oliver Twins are simply synonymous with the home computing revolution of the 80’s and 90’s. Born in Liverpool in 1967, they grew up with a passion for the futuristic world that they saw in the tv shows and cinema releases of the day. Starting out on a ZX81 and working towards n...[Read More]

Roms and Emulation – Part 3

Disclaimer: Downloading ROMs for games you don’t already legally own is very naughty. You should be ashamed of yourself! Neither Orange Bison nor anybody involved with the site will be held responsible if bad stuff happens to you as a result. I love Sega. No other big company seems to understand the appeal of retro gaming better than they do. Not only have they released a whole heap of their...[Read More]

Indie Zone at PLAY Expo London

PLAY Expo is just too big for one article, so you will find a few cropping up over the next few weeks. This piece is dedicated to the Indie Teams that I met across the weekend with a brief piece about each of their games. The YouTube panels and general chat about the weekend will be coming soon. The Mystery of Woolley Mountain A good point and click adventure is always going to catch my eye and th...[Read More]

Career Feature and Interview with Mike Dailly

Mike Dailly is a computer game programmer who grew up in Dundee, Scotland – the home of the comics Beano and Dandy. Mike’s interest in computers started when he was 13, when his friend had a ZX81, which Mikes mum later acquired for him. At first, he played around with basic creating simple programs, before moving on to a snake game in assembler that was available on the back of a magazine. A...[Read More]

Guest Post From Armaan Sandhu – Creator Of Rainswept

Hi! I’m Armaan Sandhu of Frostwood Interactive, and I’m working on an adventure game called Rainswept – a murder mystery dealing with themes of love, relationships and unresolved trauma. I’m working on this game solo – it’s always been a dream of mine to make games and I’m honestly pretty thrilled to be finally doing this. But I wasn’t always into game development. Heck, I don’t even know ho...[Read More]

Roms and Emulation – Part 1

Okay, let’s get this out of the way straight off the bat: Downloading any software that you haven’t paid for through the proper channels, unless said software has been made freely available by the copyright holder, is piracy. It’s not a “grey area”, it’s not okay if you delete it after 24 hours, it is illegal. If you want to take that risk then neither myself, the company, ...[Read More]

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