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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Updated Game Collection pages

Updated a few of my game collection pages today. You can check them out at the Collection sub-menu on this website.

 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - Happy new year!

Happy new year to everyone and thanks to everyone supporting me in 2013 ! 

2013 has been a great year for revival studios, with many new releases across a range of platforms. It also saw the first edition of Retro Event, which i organised last October and was a great succes (checkout the retroevent facebook page for photos) !

The upcoming year is going to be challenging as i will try to balance both my indie gaming efforts with my love for retro gaming and the stuff i do here on this website. There will definitely be more releases to come in 2014, but i will try to focus on making sure some key releases happen, and have some other releases depend on the amount of time i will have available over the course of the year. There has been an itch for a while to return to a few vectrex projects, so hopefully i can make it happen in 2014 !

Collection-wise, i will try and sell a bunch of it to fund my indie game projects, as well as focusing on completing the collections that are large enough to complete (like my saturn and dreamcast collections).


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - New releases for the Commodore PET and Sinclair ZX-81 at Retro Event 2013

I will be releasing 2 new games for the Commodore PET and Sinclair ZX-81 home computers at Retro Event this year. Retro event 2013 is a classic gaming event, held in the city of Elst (Gelderland), The Netherlands on October 26th 2013.

The first game is called "Rush", which is an endless runner type game with parallax scrolling, something i have personally not seen before in a game on either system. The second game is called "Boxing Champ", and this is a sideview boxing game that combines arcade action with tactical elements. You have to fight your way through 5 different opponents before you earn your Boxing Champ title. The game features large on-screen animations.

Check out both games live at Retro Event 2013 on October 26th in Elst, The Netherlands. For more information, check out the Retro Event website.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - Bitstorm Games

As of this month, i am officially working on indie games for modern game platforms like PC, Playstation and Mobile under the Bitstorm Games label. This will most likely have an impact on my classic games, so please bear with me for the upcoming months. There are still many classic game releases in the pipeline for 2013 so don't worry about a drought ;-)

I will inform you more about the indie games i'm working on, so for now just bookmark the Bitstorm Games website and Bitstorm Games facebook page for more info soon.

 


Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Mage 2: The Dark Mirror released for Videopac and Odyssey2!

After a long development cycle, i am proud to release the second game in the Mage trilogy called Mage 2: The Dark Mirror.

You can find all information about the game, the trailer, release information and more on the Mage 2 game page  


Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Coming soon to Videopac and Odyssey2 - Mage 2: The Dark Mirror

About a year ago we first joined Wizzy on his quest to Find his father in Mage: The Enchanted Crystals . Since its release, the game was received well by both gamers and press alike. Now Wizzy's adventure continues in Mage 2: The Dark Mirror. 

Early information about the game and an anouncement trailer is now online at the Mage 2 game page : Over the next month i will be adding more information on a weekling bases, leading up the the release of the game.

Hope you guys will like the game when it comes out!


Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Presenting the 2013 lineup of ZX81 games at the ZX81 Team Meet 2013

I'll be traveling to germany for the weekend, where i will attending the ZX81 Team Meeting 2013. On Saturday i will be presenting my lineup of ZX81 games for 2013: Shifted, Rush, Boxing Champ and Exile. People at the event will be able to play the games as well.


Sunday, March 24, 2013 - Out now for the Sinclair ZX-81: Shifted 

After lots of tweaking, my first Sinclair ZX-81 of 2013 is finally out on cassette tape and as digital download.

Shifted is a new homebrew game for the sinclair ZX81 home computer kits

For more information, check out the website for this Sinclair ZX81 homebrew game here.


Sunday, March 24, 2013 - New game release for the Commodore PET : Stairrunner 

My new game Stairrunner for the Commodore PET computers is now out on cassette tape and as digital download.

New programs on tape for the commodore pet

Fore more information, visit the webpage for this commodore pet game here.


Friday, March 15, 2013 - Mayhem for the Sinclair ZX81 in Return Magazine, Issue 13

Another review in Return Magazine, Issue 13. This time around they did a piece about my game Mayhem for the Sinclair ZX-81 home computer. 

"A very addictive and well executed game that every ZX-81 owner should have played at least once"

You can check out the review for my ZX81 homebrew game here.


Friday, March 8, 2013 - Avalanche for the Commodore VIC-20 reviewed in Return Magazine

Avalanche, the homebrew game i created for the unexpanded Commodore VIC20 got reviewed in Return Magazine, issue 13. Return Magazine is a popular print-magazine from Germany, dedicated to retro gaming 

"Avalanche is a well made and very entertainig arcade-puzzle game best suited for parties and small competitions"

You can check out the review for Avalanche for the unexpanded commodore VIC20 here.


Sunday, February 24, 2013 - Air Assault for the Videopac and Odyssey2 released

My new homebrew game for the videopac and odyssey2 systems is out now! 

Packaging for the homebrew game on videopac and odyssey2

For more information about the game, check out the page for Air Assault for the Philips Videopac and Magnavox Odyssey2 .


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Astrododge for the Colecovision is now shipping

Astrododge for the Colecovision is currently shipping. Here is an overview of the final packaging for both versions.

Packaging for the homebrew game astrododge for the Colecovision

For more information about the game, check out the page for Astrododge for the Colecovision.


Friday, February 15, 2013 - Avalanche for the Commodore VIC-20 reviewed in Retrogamer Magazine, Issue 112

Avalanche, the homebrew game i created for the unexpanded Commodore VIC20 has been reviewed in Retrogamer Magazine, issue 112.

"A no frills game we found difficult to put down"  - 86% 

You can check out the review for this commodore VIC20 game here.


Friday, February 8, 2013 - Down! game released for the Commodore PET computers

Down is a new homebrew game i made for the Commodore PET / CBM PET Computers. It is available on cassette tape and as digital download.
Down, a new homebrew game for the commodore pet

For more information, check out the page for Down for the Commodore PET computers.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Making of Mage: The Enchanted Crystals in Retrogamer Magazine, Issue 111

There is a making of article/interview about my game Mage: The Enchanted Crystals for the Videopac / Odyssey2 in Retrogamer Magazine, Issue 111.

You can check out the interview here.


Sunday, January 20, 2013 - Astrododge MSX Highscore competition results

My game Astrododge for the MSX and MSX2 computers was received well at this years MSX Fair in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. A lot of people played the game and enjoyed it quite a bit. To celebrate the new game, a highscore competition was held at the event where basically everyone could play the game and set a highscore.

The winner of the competition would receive the newly published book: "The Legend of Konami" (or a 25 euro cashprice if they prefered).

At 15.00 hours the competition ended and here are the results:

1. MaestroQ - 1753 points

2. Ray2day - 1668 points

3. Maartje - 1570 points

After the event, the winner (MaestroQ) was kind enough to send me a picture of him holding the game and his competition price.

Astrododge homebrew game for MSX / MSX2 highscore competition

Do you think you can do better??? Well, you can proof it! Buy the game now, try it at home and upload your best score to the internet. I would love to see how well you guys are doing!

For more information about the game and how to purchase it, visit the Astrododge MSX webpage.

 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - Astrododge (MSX / MSX2) available at the MSX Fair in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Astrododge for the MSX and MSX2 computers will be available for demonstration and purchase at the MSX Fair in Nijmegen, The Netherlands on Saturday, January 19, 2013..

new msx game release on konami style cartridge

For more information about the game, check out the game's webpage here.


Friday, January 11, 2013 - Down! ( Sinclair ZX81 ) got reviewed in Retrogamer Magazine, Issue 111

Down! for the Sinclair ZX-81 got reviewed in Retrogamer Magazine, Issue 111 and the game received a nice 82% review score.

You can check out the review here.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - Best wishes for 2013 to everyone!

I want to wish everyone a happy new year, may all your newyears-resolutions stick !

For me personally i hope to bring you more new games for your favorite classic systems. There is some nice stuff planned for platforms i already support, but i am also looking into developing for new platforms such as the Atari 2600, NeogeoCD, Sega Dreamcast and more. 

Besides my retro-gaming efforts, i am also planning to release a few games for mobile phones and tablets this year. I know there are already loads of games out on Google Play and such platforms and it will be hard to get noticed, but i am hoping i can bring some fresh playable concepts to the platform. I hope you guys will support my efforts for these modern devices as well.

I will try to update the upcoming-projects page from time to time so you guys can see whats coming up in the near future. Those of you that want  more frequent updates can follow me on twitter or facebook.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - Merry Christmas!

I want to wish a merry Christmas to all !  To help you celebrate, Santa has brought some free retro-goodies for you this year. 

I have added free downloadable versions for the following games to the free download section of the website:

- ZX81: Avalanche (2011)
- ZX81: Mayhem (2011)
- COMMODORE PET: Avalanche (2012)
- COMMODORE PET: Mayhem (2012)

You can download the games at the free downloads section of this website.


Friday, December 14, 2012 - Avalanche (Commodore VIC-20) Reviewed on RGCD

Avalanche for the Commodore VIC-20 got reviewed on RGCD, issue 65 and scored a solid 4 out of 5 stars .

"A well-designed and fast-paced little game perfectly suited to the machine" - 4 out ot 5 joysticks

Check out the review here.


Wednesday, December 1, 2012 - Revival Studios releases first new game for the Sega SG1000 in nearly 30 years

After being in production for about a year, i can finally present to you the first new original game release on cartridge for the Sega SG-1000 console in nearly 30 years: Astrododge

In astrododge, you control your ship and have to avoid the rogue asteroids for as long as possible. A point is rewarded for each asteroid that is dodged succesfullly. Picking up the bonus pickups will gain you massive points. Highscores can be uploaded to the internet so you can compare you score worldwide. Additionally there are tasks you can perform to will unlock rewards in the game. These rewards can also be synced on the internet so you don't have to unlock them all in one session.

The game offers a single player mode as well as a 2-player versus mode. The latter is especially fun to play with a friend (or foe) as you both battle for the special pickups which zooming dangerously close past the asteroids on screen! How long can you survive the onslaught?

Game features:
- First new game release for the Sega SG-1000 console in almost 30 years!
- Playable on Sega SG-1000 and Sega SC-3000 consoles
- Animated multicolor sprites
- Versus mode
- Internet highscore uploading
- Online rewards system

For more information about game, please check out the game page for Astrododge for the Sega SG-1000.

There is also an interview with me about the making and release of this game over at sega-addicts.com


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Stairrunner released for the Videopac / Odyssey2

Stairrunner is a my fourth and final game this year for the Videopac and Odyssey2 systems. Remember Wizzy? This time around he tried practising an elevation spell and as a result the elevators in his neighbourhood are out of control! Help Wizzy reach the top of each building and undo the damage being caused by his spell!

Stairrunner , a new homebrew game for the philips videopac and magnavox odyssey2

For more information, check out the page for Stairrunner for the Philips Videopac and Magnavox Odyssey2.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Avalanche (Commodore VIC-20) Review

Avalanche for the Commodore VIC-20 got reviewed in Commodore Free magazine, issue 65 and scored a nice 8/10 . Check out the review here.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - Stairrunner released for the Sinclair ZX-81

Stairrunner is a new game i made for the Sinclair ZX81. It has been on the website for a little while, but now it is finally finished and polished. So here it is:
Stairrunner , a new homebrew game for the clive sinclair ZX81

For more information, check out the page for Stairrunner for the Sinclair ZX81 / TS1000 / TS1500 computers.


Monday, November 19, 2012 - Mayhem released for the Commodore VIC-20

My second game for the unexpanded VIC20 is out now.
Mayhem, a new homebrew game for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20

For more information, check out the page for Mayhem for the Commodore VIC-20.


Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Avalanche released for the Commodore PET

I am proud to present to you my first game for the Commodore PET computers.
Avalanche , a new homebrew game for the commodore PET / CBM PET

To see the game in action on the real machine, check out the game page.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Presenting new games at the Classic Games event in Lier, Belgium

This weekend, on November 18th 2012, i will be presenting no less than 4 new releases at the Classicgames.be Retro Gaming Event in Lier, Belgium.

These are the 4 new games that will debut at this show:
- Stairrunner for the Videopac / Odyssey2
- Mayhem for the Commodore VIC-20
- Avalanche for the Commodore PET
- Stairrunner for the Sinclair ZX-81

Additionally, i will debut a new trailer for Astrododge for the Colecovision, Sega SG-1000 and MSX computers.
You are welcome to come and check the games out for yourself. For more information about the Classicgaming.be event, visit their website.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Added upcoming releases list to the menu bar

With many releases lined up for next year, i have added a upcoming releases list to the menu bar. Here you are able to check out all upcoming releases that have a release date. I will update this list from time to time with the latest information every time a specific title or release date is known.


Thursday, November 1, 2012 - Avalanche released for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20

I am proud to present to you my first game for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20, called: Avalanche
Avalanche , a new homebrew game for the commodore VIC-20

I am pleased with how the game turned out ,  you can check it out for yourself at the game's web page.


Friday, October 19, 2012 - Presentation of new VIC-20 Games in development at Commodore Event

Tomorrow, October 20th , i will be presenting my new Commodore VIC-20 games i have in development at the Commodore Event in Maarsen, The Netherlands.
The games Avalanche and Mayhem will be presented and available for play.
You are welcome to come and try the games out for yourself. For more information about the Commodore event, visit this website.

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Mage: The Enchanted Crystals gets a 90% review score in RetroGamer Magazine

Just letting you know my game Mage: The Enchanted Crystals for the Videopac and Odyssey2 system scored a nice 90% , and a retrogamer-sizzler award, in this month's RetroGamer Magazine, issue 108.
retrogamer magazine sizzler
For those that unaware about this magazine. RetroGamer magazine is a print-magazine by Imagine Publishing with a very large circulation of nearly 100.000 readers.
In a time where print-publications are struggling, this magazine has a growing subscriber-base and won many awards for their magazine.

Check out their website for more info and subscriptions: http://www.retrogamer.net/

Click on the Sizzler-logo above to read the review.


Sunday, October 7, 2012 - Eurocon retro event

Visited the Eurocon retro gaming event in Karlsruhe, germany for 3 days. Had a great time!!!!

 


Monday, October 1, 2012 - Down! for the Sinclair ZX81 / Timex Sinclair TS1000 !

The game Down! for the Sinclair ZX-81 and Timex Sinclair TS1000/TS15000 has just been released.
The game is available on cassette tape and as digital download.
Down! for the Sinclair ZX81 / TS1000 / TS1500
More information about the game on the Down! for Sinclair ZX-81 game page in the Sinclair ZX81 section of this website.

Monday, October 1, 2012 - Cavity released for Videopac and Odyssey2 !

The game Cavity for the Videopac/Odyssey2 has finally been released. 
Mage the enchanted crystals game for videopac and odyssey2
More information about the game on the Cavity game page in the videopac / odyssey2 section of this website.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - New game releases at Bonami Retro Computer Fair

Sunday, September 30th 2012 , Bonami will be organising another Retro computer fair in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

Revival Studios will be attending the fair with 2 new releases:
- Cavity, For the Videopac / Magnavox Odyssey2
- Down!, For the Sinclair ZX81

Both games will make their debut at the show. Be sure to be visiting the fair on September 30th 2012.

Wednesday, August 30, 2012 - 2 new games for the Sinclair ZX-81 !

It took a little while to get everything ready for release, but i can finally announce the release of 2 new games for the Sinclair ZX81 : Avalanche and Mayhem

avalanche zx81 tape game mayhem zx81 tape game

The games are available on cassette tape and as digital download and will be released at 2 event simultaniously, namely:

Sept. 8 / Sept. 9 , 2012 - Spectrum 30 event , Cambridge , United Kingdom.
Sept. 9, 2012 - Retrofair , Deurne , The Netherlands

For more information about the games, visit the ZX-81 section of this website.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Mage on Tour

 To see the game Mage: The Enchanted Crystals in action, visit one of the following events:
 
More dates will be added as they come in. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Mage: The Enchanted Crystals released!

After months of hard work, the game Mage: The Enchanted Crystals for the Videopac/Odyssey2 has finally been released. 
Mage the enchanted crystals game for videopac and odyssey2
More information about the game on the Mage: The Enchanted Crystals page in the videopac / odyssey2 section of this website.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Interview with Retrokings

The dutch retro/gaming website retrokings did an interview with me, you can view it here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Mage Wallpapers (HD)

With the release of Mage around the corner, enjoy these Mage HD Wallpapers:

Monday, May 21, 2012 - Mage Teaser

Mage videopac/odyssey2 teaser

Monday, March 5, 2012 - New Videopac / Odyssey 2 game released: Colorclash

This weekend i launched my new videopac game Colorclash at the retrofair in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. The game is based upon my vectrex game with the same title, however due to the difference between systems, the details of the gameplay changed quite a bit. Instead of having levels and bonusses, this game requires a bit more strategy. By strategically shooting the right gems you can have 4 of the same gems on screen at once. When you shoot these 4 gems in a row, the game will decrease in speed and you will gain extra points.

Colorclash videopac/odyssey2 gameplay


The cool thing i noticed during launch is that the game really seemed to appeal to kids as well as adults, i had kids as young as 5 years old instantly getting the idea and start enjoying the game. Some of them returned a couple of times to beat the latest highscore. The best fun i had was a little girl that physically stepped sideways when moving the ship left and right ;-)

Anyways, this game is now available on this website, so get your copy today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Twirl demo for ZX81

In preperation for my upcoming games for the ZX81, i've added my twirl demo from 2010 to the downloads section.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - New Cassette Tape Games in development

I am pleased to announce that i am currently working on releasing BRAND NEW games (developed in 2012) on Cassette Tape for ancient home computer systems like the ZX81 / Timex Sinclair TS1000 and TS1500 , MSX , Commodore VIC 20 , Sega SC-3000 and more. I will ofcourse also keep developing cartridge based games for other systems like Vectrex, Videopac, MSX and the Colecovision, but nothing breaths good old 80s nostalgia as those Cassette Tapes (Remember getting those covertapes attached to magazines like Zzap64 and Crash magazine?) .

Please let me know which systems you would like to see released new games for. Mail me ( info@revival-studios.com ) with the systems of your choice in the subject , if you like to stay informed on any new developments.


Saturday, January 21, 2012 - MSX Fair 2012

As you might have read below, i have started development on Colecovision and MSX platforms as of the beginning of this year. Today was the first time for me to step out of my cave and show the first fruits of my labour: A trailer & playable demo for AstroDodge for the MSX and Colecovision. Its always exciting to show new stuff for the first time, but luckily people at the fair seemed to like it a lot.  

Monday, January 2, 2012 - Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a happy new year! 2012 will mark the 10 year anniversary of Revival Studios and personally i can't wait to  create new releases for the Vectrex and Videopac, but also for platforms like the ColecoVision/MSX, Virtual Boy and more.   

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Mayhem, a new homebrew game for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20