For me though Christmas brought a cream colored box with the name Dragon 32. The computer came packaged with one cartridge and what we thought at first were two broken joysticks. The joysticks turned out the be designed that way with Dragon deciding to ignore the established arcade and Atari joystick system by including non centering analog sticks. While these were great if your wanted to draw swirls on the screen as demonstrated by that "type in" you and your mate spent the last 6 hours typing up. The main problem is they didnt center themselves after being moved which made games like Frogger or Qbert very difficult to play if you had played them anywhere else.
|Microdeal loading screen|
While this game I remember for how colorful it looked every other memory of this computer is games colored either green or orange thanks to the strange color set the decided to use.
|Cuthbert Goes Digging|
It wasn't all about home computers just yet though as down the arcade we had two games hooking us totally. The first was Pengo. A simple game where you slide blocks of ice in straight lines to squash the nasties. Sounds simple and it would be if it wasn't for devious level design bringing in a puzzle element which makes fr an addictive game. The other is the 3d vector graphics star wars game. This game i loved at the time, the simple wire frame graphics and grainy speech samples seemed to capture the final scenes of Star Wars perfectly. I know one of those long forgotten arcades that actually still has one of these - converted to run on new coins and getting a bit glitchy but its still going. Always worth a go if passing...
|Star Wars (Arcade)|