From the archive #5

Okay, so it wasn’t quite December 18th, but its been a busy time for us at Mersey Remakes – what with Oddbob becoming an admin at Retro Remakes and the preparations for Megatree being put into place – expect some news and a sneak preview on that soon.

In other news: Retroactive, the Retro Remakes magazine is now at its third issue and available to download from the media section. Its fresh, its new – and its superb.

We’ve also contributed some sound FX and levels to TCK’s excellent trippy bulletdodgefest Transversion. Its a fantastic game and with a hotly competed online score table. Go grab it…

Mersey Remakes in new game shocker!

Smila has just completed Aztec Challenge

An absolutely gorgeous remake of…Aztec Challenge! All the levels from the original have been lovingly recreated with some beautiful Smila-fied gfx. Top work indeed that man!

At the moment, Oddbobs working on The Megatree site for the collaborative project between Mersey Remakes and Scottigesoft. As soon as we’ve got all the content together – you can expect that to go live.

In the meantime, why not visit Remakes.org and show us your high score goodness in the Score Leaderboards?

From the archive #4

::23rd SEPTEMBER 2004 – THIS IS THE NEWS::

The Retro Remakes 2004 Competition is drawing to a close now, so I guess its time to get back to the nitty gritty of site updates and useful stuff like that. You’ll be glad to know that we’ve been doing anything but resting on our laurels, despite a few personal setbacks timewise.

We’ve got a few nice games lined up for release for the first few days in October, due as soon as they’ve been uploaded to RR.

We’ve got Curse Of The Aztec Tomb, a remake of the old David Healey type in listing for the zx81 – original(ish) version sourced from the Rev Stu. A remake of Costa Panayi’s first opus – Android1, brought kicking and screaming into 2004. Smila’s also been hard at work with his version of Hawkeye, the C64 classic and yet another Jet Set Willy game: The Trash Of The Universe.

We’ve also provided graphical joy to a number of other remakes, the main character sprite for Jetmans Dad’s Stop The Express Remake, The title screen logo for Peejay’s The Birds And The Bee’s as well as giving him a head start on the graphics for his remake of Highway Encounter. We’ve sent a few things over to the Retro-Relevance camp for future releases. ( Some stockpiling of sprites ready for when GK’s had some r&r after the competition ) from tiny things like inbetweeny level screen’s for GK & Cheeky’s Potty Pidgeon remake to a tile set for Yars Revenge, a background screen and some other bits and bobs for a remake of Pete Cooke’s excellent Brainstorm and some may/may not be used stuff for an update of Jasons Gem. Scottige has been on the receiving end of some stuff for Moon Cresta and some work’s been done on the Knight Tyme graphics, at the moment – thats in a kind of limbo as neither of us can be bothered finishing it.

And we’d also like to say that we’re proud to contribute to the long overdue return of Space/Time remakes with a tileset for the Ultimate:Play The Game classic Trans Am. Go check it out, so far Darkside’s succeeding where others have failed in bringing this classic to life.

As if all that wasn’t enough to keep you in jollies for a good while, we’ve got some very special remakes planned for the near future – including the fabled Megatree project and the Atlantis classic – Sceptre Of Bagdad. Stay tuned for more information.

::I’VE GOT THE KEY…ERM…SO NERRR::

Mersey Remakes has given a home to Zonkers remake of Solomons Key. I’d hope that the game doesn’t require any explanation – its all blocks,fairies and wands, standard STompy territory really 🙂 If ye like yer remakes, and ye like yer Solomons Key then erm…download this Solomons Key remake! Go on, you won’t feel too bad about it.

::WALLPAPERS::

We’ve also found the time to add a few wallpapers to download in the Mersey Remakes media section. So, if you’re bored of your current desktop design – then why not check ’em out.

::NEW GAMES ADDED::

Well, not so much new, but definitely added. We’ve trawled the old Mersey Remakes Archives to see if there was any previous releases missing from our list and shock horror, we found that we were 2 short. Thanks to Flynn@Retro Remakes for finding one of the missing files for us and thanks to my messy hard drive for keeping the other one hidden. So, if you peek at the release archives, you can now find Bruce Lee2 and Wizball Breakout available to download.

::RETROGAMER::

Once again, you can check out some of the content of this site on the coverdisk of Retro Gamer magazine for those too lazy to be a downloading – so a big shout out to the RG team once again for showing impeccable taste. And besides – I don’t need to tell you this as you buy it anyway don’t you 😉

::AQUARIUS::

Mersey Remakes’ very own Oddbob has just contibuted some sprites for Retro Relevance’s Aquarius, the game is available now from either Retro Relevance or mirrored here. You can download it by clicking on the bit which says “Aquarius” 😉

::SITE FEATURES::

New features on the site include a forum where you can leave comments on Mersey Remakes stuff – feel free to pop along and leave your musings,as well as the Mersey Remakes blog , which hopefully will contain both Oddbob’s personal musings as well as a Mersey Remakes development diary. You can also get in touch with us by the technological joys known as email should you so desire. Feel free to mail us with any queries which you feel can’t be expressed in the forum, but chances are – we’re more likely to reply to a forum post than an email, unless its something really important.

Well, thats enough waffle for now – I shall leave you to try some of our retro remakes and general bumphy things that we have lying around for your pleasure.

Enjoy.

From the archive #3

27-03-04:LONG OVERDUE UPDATE

TIME HASN’T BEEN ON OUR SIDE LATELY

Mersey Remakes have unfortunately been very busy lately with that ol’ real life malarkey so updates have been a bit thin on the ground. But fear not…we’ve got a couple of nice additions care of Mr Smila – the one man remaking machine who never ceases.

First up is FireAnt, a remake of the tough C64 game which should provide a challenge for even the most hardened game player. It plays very much like the original ( as in: its bloody tough ) and most definitely worth a peeksy at.

Next up is a demo of Scramble, an absolutely gorgeous looking version of the arcade classic now rendered into lovely 3d. But fear not – the gameplay hasn’t really changed – its still very much in the spirit of the arcade game. 1 Level finished at the moment, so go and grab it.

What, there’s still more?

We’ve had a few requests for a link to one of Smila’s old games – his Into The Eagles Nest, so – if you’re one of the people who want to grab this, then it can be found in the flatlist on www.remakes.org

So, anything else…well Mini Monty and Deviants are in progress as well as Exolon and Exile II but they’re all coming along slowly. So, while you wait – keep yourself occupied with the games above.

11-03-04:THE ODDBLOG

EVERYONE ELSE HAS GOT ONE,SO WHY CAN’T WE?

Mersey Remakes very own Oddbob has started a blog over at blog city. The Oddblog is where you can go and find out on a day to day basis what work he’s actually doing ( if any ) and whats going through his mind. Who knows how many people he’ll upset.

06-03-04:CoTW

NEW SITE SECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

Mersey Remakes are proud to announce their new addition to the website the Cock Of The Week award. Awarded weekly to ( strangely enuff ) the biggest cocks of the week. This week, Mersey Remakes have decided the winner but as of next week we’re gonna throw this open to the public for votes.

01-03-04: YOU LOOKING AT MY MOLE?

MONTY MOLE MAP AVAILABLE

We’ve had this hanging around Oddbob Towers for a few weeks now, just waiting for Mr Smila to give us the okay for release. Yup, in his tireless drive to offer additional content, Mr Smila has put together a map of his remake of Monty On The Run. So, if you fancy some furry help then give this link a clicky clicky.

26-02-04: RETRO GAMER MAGAZINE ISSUE 2

CHUFTIES AND HEFTY DOWNLOADATHONS

First up, Retro Gamer Issue 2 has hit the shops and aside from providing a fantastic read it also features a great interview with Graham from Retrospec and the boys from Ovine and a fantastic collection of remakes on its coverdisk – including a collection of Mersey Remakes stuff. Thanks from Oddbob Towers to Live Publishing, Martyn Carroll and his team for giving the remakes scene some exposure and for appreciating the work we put in to something we absolutely love.

Although,its also now the only place you can get hold of Transfunctioner 1 & 2 ( Should you be so absolutely insane…! ), so if you want to complete your Mersey Remakes collection for some ill apparant reason – then go buy it NOW!!! ( K, I’ll stop plugging it now! ). And in case you didn’t know by now – Transfunctioner 3 is hidden inside BMX Racers – G,K & Y access the different cheats in the game. So get STompyfied !

Also in the Oddbob Towers news at the moment is a big thank you to the absolute ruck of people who are making Monty On The Run our most downloaded game yet – and its only been available for two weeks. Thanks people. ( Yes, readers of Retro Gamer – its finished!! Get Downloading LOL )

20-02-04: THE REMAKES EQUIVALENT OF HEAT MAGAZINE

BLOGGING IT

Got a bit of free time?…glad to hear it. Why not nip on over to Mersey Remakes good friend STompy’s site and get the inside gossip on the remakes world and a few rather fetching pictures too. Features the infamous Rate Your Remakes program. If you’re in the mood for even more blogs, then you could do much worse than The Tokers. All entertaining stuff and highly recommended by Mersey Remakes.

19-02-04: APOLOGIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OOPS AND EXILE II

Okay, I know that there’s a lot of broken links at the moment, please bear with us while we attempt to fix this situation. All the downloads are active tho’, just working on getting the info pages up and ready to roll.

Now that the apologies are out the way, Mersey Remakes are proud to announce that Smila and Scottige fresh from the triumph of Monty On The Run have began work on their latest remake EXILE II. There’s a piccy up at the moment with more information on plot and progress as we get it.

19-02-04: REMAKES FOR SALE

DON’T BE A FOOL,THESE GAMES ARE FREE!!!

While picking up some computer gumph at the computer fair in Aintree yesterday Mersey Remakes came across a number of titles up for sale at a bargain price, yes – for a small fee you could buy some remakes bearing the Retro Remakes or Retrospec logo. If you’re tempted by these please don’t buy them – 99% of remakes are FREEWARE and shouldn’t cost you a damn thing – not even the price of a disc. Sadly, short of tearing the gentlemans head off who was selling these disks there’s not a lot we can do other than add a splash screen to our games and hope that if you’ve been bitten once you won’t be bitten again and to make the general public aware that this content shouldn’t be purchased.

Here at Mersey Remakes we’re all for enterprising business schemes, but please – if you’re responsible for these disks don’t bother downloading any more MR stuff to sell.

And if you’ve bought one? Go back to the guy you bought it from and give him some hassle over it. If enough people do this, then maybe he’ll stop 😀

19-02-04: NEW WEBSITE DESIGN

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER INNIT

Welcome back to Mersey Remakes, with its brand new blue look. Drastic change innit?

Thanks go out to The Toker & STompy for design help,cheers guys.

Just when you thought it was safe to return to the Interweb we’ve gave MR a glossy new sheen and expanded the games section. Instead of the huge collection of piccy’s that were stored in no particular order we’ve now gave each game its own little section. Just a little home where you can peruse screenshots, information and on occasions additional files such as new music,tiles,maps or cheatmode stuff. Check out the menu to your right and get clicking!

19-02-04: SO WHATS NEW?

RECENT COLLABORATIONS AND NEW GUMPH

Mersey Remakes have been busy as f00k recently, burrowing away on new games as well as the new look website. Ready for you to download is Scottigesoft’s excellent version of Hunchback. Its a damn fine version and Mersey Remakes are proud to have had a hand in its creation. Hopefully, the combination of Scott’s coding skills and Mersey Remakes graphics should produce a few more storming remakes over the coming months.

There’s a collaboration with STompy due soon, but I’m sworn not to mention what the game is. Needless to say, it should be a laff and feature the usual Bob & STomp humour. STomp’s been beavering at the code and there’s already some headway made on the GFX.(Unlike the tragically aborted Seymour game. Maybe someday,eh 😀 ). More news and maybe some piccy’s as they arrive at Oddbob Towers.

~J~ has got a version of the C64 Mastertronic game “Phantom Of The Asteroids” currently in production. How could Mersey Remakes resist slinging a few aliens in his general direction as well as a very “Nodes Of Yesod” style main sprite? Check out his website for more info and some screenies.

You’d think with all this going on Mersey Remakes wouldn’t have time to work on their own stuff. Well, how wrong you are,sir! How wrong you are! Work has already began on what should be the best Mersey Remakes game yet ( “Thats not difficult!”, I hear you cry. ). Exolon the Hewson classic has entered the production stage.. Thanks to Hitm4n for giving us a head start with the gfx.

Also, Jetmans Dad has completed his remake of Spectres which Mersey Remakes have pixelled the sprites for. You can download it from here. Its his first game using Markov’s Gamemaker and its a damn fine first attempt. ( Much better than my first game LOL – ed )

18-02-04: IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM

SOME STUFF THATS LEFT ODDBOB TOWERS RECENTLY

There’s been a few releases on this site since before Xmas that might have escaped your attention, due to the absence of Bob and regular news posts. ( Although, thanks to STomps for looking after the site for the duration of Bobs awayness. ). So, in case they passed you by – here’s a quick recap.

Smila and Scottige have just released their Monty On The Run. The Gremlin Graphics classic has been brought bang up to date by Scottige’ coding skills and Smila’s gfx. Its well worth checking out and Mersey Remakes are proud to host it.

Smila’s also been proudly displaying his Mini Willy for all to peruse. I warn you, you may need a magnifying glass if you’re intending to play with it. I know in all my years, I’ve seen many Willy’s but I’ve never seen one this small before. Matthew Smith would be proud. Anyway, you can grab hold of it and sample it here. Its only a 1 level demo at the moment, as MOTR takes priority. But expect it to expand very soon.

And what of the Bob of Oddness? Has he been silent all this time? As you can probably see elsewhere on this page, there’s BMX Racers available for download. A GM’d up version of the Mastertronic *ahem* classic ( have you gone mad? – Ed ) complete with new features and a little Mini Game tucked inside its latex thighs.

Also available on the Monty page is Monty Mole Xmas, Mersey Remakes Xmas themed Monty Mole Game. So called because its got Monty Mole in it and its set at Xmas. (You can stop now – Ed ). Just download it, its a great little game.

From the archive #2

WOOHOO

Yes, I’m back… :D. Thanks to the STompster for looking after the site in my absence. And have I been slacking? Have I f00k!! First up there’s BMX Racers for your perusal. Based on the admittedly lacklustre Mastertronic original, I’ve prettied it up, made the jumps a tad easier to negotiate and retained all the wonderful features of the original as well as slinging in some new stuff for good measure. There’s also a hidden game in there for any fans of Transfunctioner…yes,The Final Transfunction is secreted away inside. So don’t say I don’t give you anything,k. Get on your bike by clicking here!

HASN’T XMAS BEEN AND GONE?

As anyone who bothered to download the Moley Xmas demo after the 23rd of December might have noticed…it was no longer a demo!!! Sadly, my net connection carcked it ten minutes after uploading the dangit thing. So, I was unable to post any news about it. Well, I’ve updated it – took out those irritating midi files and replaced them with some very short ambient MP3’s, added the extra screens I originally planned to put in and generally niced it up a tad. So, give it a go!!

SMILA’S MINI WILLY

1 level of minature fun based on Manic Miner, don’t let the 1 level put you off – Its HUUUUUUGGGGGGGE … GRAB IT HERE

— BOB IS ALIVE —

STompy here: Bob is very much alive and kicking, just unable to access the internet at the moment … he will be back SOON though 🙂 🙂

PIES,FINGERS N ALL THAT

A couple of projects Mersey Remakes have contributed towards for you to peruse. Scottige’ VERY DIZZY XMAS featuring a title screen and the odd sprite you’ll come across in the castle by Mersey Remakes. 70 Rooms of laugh out loud arcade adventuring. Its been a long trawl for Scott to get this done, and its been worth every second of his time. So, stop reading this waffle and go and download it,k. Mersey Remakes have also supplied GeeKay with some gfx that were cluttering up Oddbob Towers for his remake of MUTANT MONTY, works only just began on this but it looks like one to definitely keep an eye on.

MOLEY XMAS

A 3 level demo of Moley Xmas is now available from this site. The game should be finished by the end of the week. Graphics by myself,Cheeky Monkey & Smila.

XMAS CARD

Mersey Remakes have produced a small animated christmas card, for your entertainment, as a little taster for the two forthcoming Xmas releases.

WHERE DID IT GO?

Thanks to everyone who downloaded Retro Active for the brief period that it was available. Sadly, due to excessive demand, we were forced to pull the files after less than a week due to bandwidth constraints. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect it to be that popular!!! So, thanks everyone. And for anyone who missed it, We’re toiling away on making sure that there’ll be an online edition available over the next few weeks. Keep checking back for news.

RETRO ACTIVE MAGAZINE

Mersey Remakes is proud to present Smila’s Retro Magazine Retro Active, produced in association with Retro Remakes. For a short period only, both the competition issue and the Xmas edition are available.

INSERT SCARY GHOST NOISES HERE

Jetmans Dad has just released a demo of his very first remake in GM, a version of the Bug Byte classic Spectres, with graphics supplied by Mersey Remakes. Only 4 levels in place at the moment,but well worth having a gander at.

DILDO HAMSTER

Another in the range of Oddbob Pisstake games takes pride of place amongst the other Mersey Remakes projects. Take control of Neil, the arse rummaging hamster in his quest to keep Hitm4ns innards clean. Available from the downloads section,curiously enough.

AVRIL LAVIGNE IN THE HOUSE!!

The most esteemed Mr STompy has a stunning little Avril Lavigne ( don’t ask ) based game available from this site for you to download. Flaggy/Avril, its a simple but fun little thing and the sound effects had me near wetting my pants laughing. Do yourself a favour and grab it from the downloads section. I promise you won’t regret it.

NEW MERSEY REMAKES PROJECTS

Mersey Remakes are proud to announce their two Xmas projects, Ted Xmas is a special christmas themed Technician Ted game. Gamemaker users might be interested to know that the engine is available from the Gamemaker forum at remakes.org ( see below for link ). Also coming soon is a rather special remake of Dropzone with graphics by Trevor Storey which hopefully should ETA around mid-December.

WANNA SEYMOUR?

Starbase remakes has recently announced the first STompy & Oddbob co-production. A tribute to the ol’ Codemaster’s character Seymour. Starbase Seymour. Tenuous plot and details can be found in the projects section of the site

Other Oddbob contributions to recent projects include a title screen for Scottige’ Xmas Dizzy Remake,as well as the odd sprite here & there… not a major contribution as Scottige has done a wonderful job on the engine ( an upgraded version of his Dizzy’s Bad Day one – very nice! ). Other graphics contributions include a tileset for The Tokers Flag remake, which can be found at Retro Remakes under the programming tutorials section. Oddbob’s also done a bit of “under the bonnet” work on Normo’s Creatures remake. Again,nip on over to RR to the Work In Progress thread to find out how its coming on.

GAMEMAKER AT REMAKES.ORG

Retro Remakes now contains a Gamemaker forum for all users of Mark Overmars excellent Games Creation software, moderated by non other than yours truly. ( With able advice assistance courtesy of Sickfish and a number of other regulars ). So,if you’re interested in helping others with their GM creations or need help with your GM remake then why not nip on over, either myself or Sickfish are around most of the time to answer your questions or queries.

From the archive #1

SO WHATS THIS BIG NEWS THEN?

Starbase remakes has arrived, with Mersey Remakes Oddbob as a member, along with The Enigma,STompy and Cheeky Monkey. There’s a couple of projects brewing so why not nip on over there and check them out? What do you mean, you’re still here????

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Something big is bubbling under…more news soon

GFX FOR OTHER GAMES

There’s a lot of gfx work going on at the moment for different remakes…one of which is Normo’s remake of the very first Dizzy game ( sorry people, no Dildo’s in this one ), nothing to see as yet, but hopefully this will turn out to be a great game. We’re also providing the gfx for a few others, but they’re still under wraps at the moment – so you can’t see anything from them either! But as soon as there’s anything to see we can promise you some lovely screenshots. ( Honest,guv.

KOKOTONI WILF WINS BEST GRAPHICS PRIZE

Well, Rub me up sideways with a slippery stick – the results are finally in from the 2003 Retro Remakes Competition and what a joy to behold they are. Sadly, Kokotoni Wilf failed to break the top 20 ( Which is no surprise considering the lack of in game music! ) but it did manage to come away with the Best Graphics Prize… which just goes to show that all the sweat, blood and tears weren’t in vain! You’ll be glad to know its still available for you to download if you’ve yet to try it. The competition showcased a lot of wonderful games from a variety of different coding platforms, with GameMaker also making a show for the Most Faithful Remake award with Jas Interactive’s Joust 3. The winning top 3 were all well deserved wins for the retrospective authors and I highly recommend that you nip along to www.remakes.org and check them out – I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

NEW SITE DESIGN

As you can see the Mersey Remakes site has had a bit of a facelift – nothing too drastic, but it looks like this one is here to stay. No major changes really aside from a new logo, some new headers and a bit of streamlining to make way for a bigger news section ( don’t you just love it? ). Thanks go out to STompy for the piccy of yours truly that now graces the page.

RETROSPEC FINALLY RELEASE HEAD OVER HEELS

Okay, this has nothing to do with Mersey Remakes…but by crikey – this looks set to be one of the best remakes in a very long time. Its been a long time in the coming but its finally here! Jon Ritman & Bernie Drummonds classic isometric game Head Over Heels, brought kicking and screaming up to date by the Retrospec team. If you’ve never played it before – then why the hell not? Stop reading this and get on over to Retrospec now!!!!

TREVOR “SMILA” STOREY TAKES OVER THE OLD ODDBOB SITE

The old Oddbob site, is now home to Trevor “Smila” Storeys games – there’s a wonderful version of “Into The Eagles Nest” currently in progress, a fully playable 2 level demo is now available for your enjoyment. There’s also his Retro Remakes competition entries “R-Tronic” ( which achieved 2nd place in the competition ) and “Lunar Rescue” – both are highly playable and have wonderful graphics – so why not nip on over and check them out… there’s also a fine selection of his old games for you to download.

BOBEROIDS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD NOW!!

Boberoids, the latest release by Mersey Remakes is available to download now! Featuring 10 levels of Asteroid blasting mayhem ( ho hum, here we go with the advertising spiel… ) – 3 bosses to blow to kingdom come and some great graphics and sound. Nip on over to the download section and grab it now, before we’re forced to do something drastic to the cats!!!