When I was a kid at Ramsgate Pleasurama during the 80s, the beat ’em up landscape was pretty much dominated by Double Dragon, a side-scrolling fight game that arrived in the arcades sometime during ’87. It was stupidly addictive and really exciting, to the point where kids in Ramsgate would queue up to play it. I vaguely recall that the owners of the boating pool at the other end of town once managed to get their hands on a Double Dragon machine of their own and the place was practically overrun…
During a game of Dungeons and Dragons, my kids get stuck into me for the ludicrous amount of enemies I throw at their level one beginner characters. This starts a conversation about difficulty levels in games and I decide to introduce the dynamic duo to the fantasy frenzy of the classic 80s retro arcade game Gauntlet. For those of you who don’t remember this chaotic mix of mazes and monsters, it throws you into a labyrinth of war as either a wizard, a valkyrie, a warrior or an elf and you end up facing off against orcs, goblins, trolls, ogres and even life-sucking personifications of Creeping Death.
This video contains a scene from The Secret of Monkey Island, a short play-through of the game and a story of how I discovered it at St. George’s School in Broadstairs way back in 1991.
At some point in 1991, a classmate copied some floppy disks for me containing a game called The Secret of Monkey Island. One year later, I was hooked on the series and was among the first to pre-order the (at the time) alarmingly expensive Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck’s Revenge for the Commodore Amiga 600.