THE LINE-UP OF games set for 2017 is impressive, with Mass Effect Andromeda heading a list of big names which includes Resident Evil 7, Sniper Elite 4, and the reboot of Prey, to name but a few.
You can read our list of the most eagerly awaited PC games of this year here, but what about the classics of the past, now available in your pocket?
What used to require 48 kilobytes of Sir Clive Sinclair's finest technology to run, after five or six minutes of anticipation as it loaded from your trusty C-60 (The anticipation! Will it load? Will it fail just seconds from the end leaving you to tear your hair out, adjust the volume slightly and try all over again?), is often now available from the App Store or Google Play (sorry, probably not BlackBerry World though).
So we've done some searching, and found some ‘80s corkers which you can get play now on your mobile device of choice.
1. Skool Daze
One of our favourite games from yesteryear, Skool Daze requires Spectaculator, a Spectrum Emulator (available for £2.99 on iOS currently) to run. Casting you as Eric, a naughty schoolboy, it's your mission to steal his report card from the safe in the staff room. How? Mostly by hitting shields with his catapult, avoiding the school bully, and not getting too many lines. Look, it's a Spectrum game from 1984, it doesn't have to make sense.
It's also educational, with some of the facts and figures spouted by teachers in the lessons Eric has to attend invariably lodging in your head. "When was the Battle of Lexington?" asks Mr Creak the history master. "Please sir, I cannot tell a lie. It was in 1775," replies Einstein, the class swot. See? Educational.
Despite an almost total lack of any marketing effort, it sold 50,000 copies. Being the ‘80s, this meant it just about covered costs, with no huge profit going to developers David and Helen Reidy.
In its superbly titled sequel, 'Back to Skool', Eric gets to visit the local girls school.
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