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Then there was Simon. Iíve got Pocket Simon. Rubbish. Simply a jumped-up memory game. Christ, you only have to look at picture of kids on box to know type who went in for this anathema of amnesia. Just staring at four colours was confusing enough. That was without trying to remember order in which they flashed before depressing buttons in correct sequence. One kid I remember was unbeatable at this. But then he wore specs and didnít find smell of UHU fascinating. Unfair advantage really.
Juxtaposed with Simon travesty was game I always wanted. Galaxy Invader 1000. Though shade of yellow is what I can only describe as Renault Clio yellow, donít let that put you off. Distributed by CGL (Computer Games Limited) shape was, in retrospect, merely a forerunner of penis extension. The E-type Jaguar of playground world.
These were games I remember most fondly from school. Iíve got a couple of others. I have Safari (Bambino). This comes in a yuckyô green but I donít remember it at all. But this might have something to do with fact that you spend around 10 minutes boxing animals in before it dawns on you that you ought not to bother quite frankly. Obviously some kids must have owned it but never bought it in to school for fear of ritual humiliation.
And I now have Firefox F-7 (Grandstand, licensed to Tandy/Radio Shack). I donít remember this one either but I donít know why. Someone must have had this one and it makes Astro Wars look like Safari. Or Simon. (Now thereís a put down.) Itís kind of like Star Wars. Only youíre not at cinema and things Ö Buy it, still in its box and youíre talking around £85.
And writing this, it is now 25th anniversary of Space Invaders appearing in video game format. Hand-helds were now just new Pocketeersô. The local chippy would never be same again.
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