Blast from the Past: Athletic Land on MSX

By | April 15, 2013

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One of my favourite played MSX games in the 80’s was Athletic Land. It was kind of special to me, partly because no one else liked to play it and when I did I had it all to myself without other children nagging for their turn to play. Read more »

Blast from the Past: Kung-Fu on MSX

By | April 1, 2013

bftpkfomsx-007 Long before we met Mortal Combat and Street Fighter, there was a game on MSX, perhaps one of the earliest fighting/martial arts games, by the name of Kung Fu. I almost forgotten all about it then one day it just passed through my memory and I began searching my list of roms for it. The name wasn’t Kung Fu, it was Yie Ar Kung-Fu which is why it took me a while to locate it. Read more »

Blast from the Past: The Goonies on MSX

By | March 25, 2013

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The Goonies game on MSX was one of my favorite and most special games back in the 80’s. One reason being was that I actually did complete the game back then and it might just be the very first game I’ve ever completed! The Goonies was based on a very popular 80’s movie by the same name everyone I know from my peers used to rave about it. When Read more »

Blast from the Past: Castle Excellence on MSX

By | March 14, 2013

Almost everyone who owned an MSX Sakhr in the 80’s know and loved “The Castle” game (post). One day back in the 80’s we stumbled into a small shop in Hawalli, maybe it was Al-Alamiya maybe not I’m not sure, possibly a computer shop in Bin Khaldoun street. There displayed on its window was another Castle game! The second Castle game was Read more »

Blast from the Past: The Castle Game on MSX

By | February 20, 2013

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If I have to pick one video game that sums up my childhood, it would be “The Castle” on MSX Sakhr computers. I love everything about this game: the soundtrack, the memories, the little dude who can Read more »

Blast 4m the Past: MSX King Valley Game & Ending

By | July 5, 2012

One of the ten most popular games of MSX in the old days was probably King Valley. You know him, the little adventurer who goes inside the pyramid and collects orbs that open up a gateway to the next room while trying to dodge mummies. We called it King’s Valley even though we didn’t speak much Read more »

Blast from the Past: The Rambo Game on MSX

By | May 8, 2012

In the 80’s two things were a big hit: Rambo and the MSX. It is no wonder that MSX had a Rambo game back then and given that I was -and still is- a Rambo fan I loved the game so much. So much in fact that I think the cartridge was fried from being overly used and it stopped working a short while after we Read more »

Blast from the Past: Road Fighter on MSX

By | April 24, 2012

Ahh my first ever car racing game! It was very primitive yet very hard to play. Check out the animated people in bathing suits above :p We used to call it “Sebaq Sayarat” athary its name is “Road Fighter”! Read more »

Blast from the Past: The Circus on MSX

By | April 18, 2012

One of my favorite games on my MSX was The Circus! This little cheery clown jumping through hoops of flames or balancing over a rope with a smile on his face! My dream was to reach the ending of Read more »

Blast from the Past: The Hamburger on MSX

By | April 10, 2012

This game wasn’t very popular in the 80’s. Not as popular as the rest of the MSX games that is. It could very well be the last MSX game we ever bought and we called it The Hamburger game.

The little chef needs to climb the stairs and walk all over the bun, patty, lettuce, and cheese to drop them into place and make up hamburgers while trying to dodge the killer pickles, sausages, and eggs who want to eat him.

I remember when I first saw it in my cousin’s MSX. I loved it immediately and made my parents buy it for me. I loved it and as I played it I always imagined myself back in Hardeez ordering burgers which was our weekly weekend treat -the happy meal came with smurfs!-

Come to think about it I still like games that include burgers and burger making “Burger Shop mathalan (post)”. This game was like a very primitive version of Burger Shop :p

Do you remember this game?

Blast from the Past: The Penguin on MSX

By | April 4, 2012

One of the most famous and loved games on MSX is The Penguin. Everyone I know would remember “El Ba6reeq” with the fondest gleam of their eyes! I remember back in the day that we didn’t own the cartridge -I don’t know why- but two of my cousins did  and luckily one of them was our neighbor so whenever I was at their house to play which was quite often I would play the penguin as much as I loved.

My favorite part happens to be when I fall into one of the holes in the ground and start buying stuff which was kinda unique for MSX games back then. Specifically I loved betting my fishes :p Maybe that’s why my father didn’t allow the game in the house after all come to think about it.

I still play the penguin on my MSX emulator and I of me.still enjoy it immensely. For those moment I play it I lose sight of my surroundings and feel like I’m a little kid again with nothing to worry about but not killing off my penguin with the rest of the summer vacation ahead of me <3

Do you remember the penguin?

Blast from the Past: King & Baloons on MSX

By | March 18, 2012

I really doubt anyone would remember this game. Its simply ancient! When I first discovered my MSX emulator I started remembering my old games and searched for them by name. However this game I didn’t remember. Then one day as I was playing it just hit me: there was a game with baloons!

There was a game where we used to shoot baloons! What game was that? I remember that I loved it dearly, that we didn’t own the cartridge of the game and had to wait to go to one of my cousin’s houses to play it, and that we had to take turns and when it was my long awaited turn I would be ecstatic. I searched high and low for this game until I found it: King & Baloons is its name! So the little fella is a king and we are supposed to be defending him y7leelah!

The game is addictive. It literally doesn’t change in pace and it doesn’t end, but still I would play it whenever I feel there is something on my brain that I need to release and escape from. A great stress releaver for sure.

Do you, by any chance, remember this game on MSX sakhar?

Watch the MSX Castle Ending

By | April 25, 2011

Ever wanted to see the ending of the Castle? Watch this video, the guy finishes the game in five minutes and the song he chose is hilarious, totally makes sense :p

Don’t you miss this game?

By | January 26, 2011

Only someone born in the 80’s would remember this game. Ah, to be 7 again playing with all your heart and drinking KDD Mango Juice <3

Don’t you miss this game?! I think i want to play it on my Emulator just for old times sake.

Childhood in Q8 Means: MSX Sakhar!

By | December 29, 2010

I was going through a box of old junk the other day when I found the above cartridges!I was immediately pulled back in time to my childhood. Lazy summer mornings, us in Pajamas waking up to run downstairs and turn on the tiny TV and the MSX Sakhar computer, playing all day long while sipping KDD Mango and eating KDD ice cream!

Now all that’s left is those :( I remember the Castle and The castle two and the PENGUIN! ooh Rambo was amazing! I still play them on my PC using an emulator -and i am going to play the circus soon after this post :p – but still there something about puffing dust out of that cartridge and wrestling with it to fit into the MSX that is priceless. If only someone would invent a time machine :(