Thursday, 26 April 2012

Can you run a complete Road Rash [Mega Drive] race on foot?

Answers to Questions Nobody Asked No. 1 (of 1): Is it possible to run a full Road Rash race without your bike?

Idea posited by Snazzyhoppy, whose FAQ can be found here.

Suggested by Livetoby and TheCheapKills.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Let's *not* play Jimmy White's 2: Cueball [PC]

It's 2AM, and we've broken into snooker legend Jimmy White's house. Do we play one of the many types of pool games available, or perhaps a leisurely billiard exhibition with the magical pair of floating hands? Nah, better stick to the plan and look for stuff worth stealing. Hey, is that a dartboard over there?

Thanks once again to Kevin MacLeod for the music.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Terminator [Mega Drive] - Da Sarah CONNER Chronicles (Commentary)

Hi! Good morning! How are you? Nice to meet you!

 You've seen Arnold have a go, but now it's Harry Yack's turn to take on (or at least commentate on) the very best Cyberdyne has to throw at him. This blind commentary takes in all four levels of this rather short game that follows the plot of the movie quite well indeed.

I could have spent time to master the game but I had to take out the papers and the trash, or I don't get no spendin' cash. It doesn't maddah! Instead, game footage is provided by an actual Terminator expert. Original longplay by BimmyLee83 for, used here with kind permission. You da man, dawg!

Let's rock and roll!

Here's the US box art I was talking about. Click for full size.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Dos and Don'ts of the Sega Mega Drive cartridge (with Electronic Arts)

Tl;dr version: Harry Yack reads cartridge text in mildly 'humorous' fashion. 

Here's a little bonus Easter egg for you all. If you've ever took the time to read the gumph written on the back of game cartridges, you'll know exactly how to take care of them. But just in case you haven't, Harry Yack guides you through the dos and don'ts of your typical Mega Drive cartridge. Well, I don't believe you can call EA Sports carts 'typical', but the points made are still at least remotely valid if you plan to, say, take your game to the swimming baths or a blast furnace. Happy Easter!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Can I Cheat Death? [Amstrad CPC] Featuring the worst pub in the world

Easter weekend can only mean a long session down the pub. Or, in Harry Yack's case, sitting in front of his computer and typing frivolous commands into classic text adventure games based in public houses. This particular game, coded by Simon Avery, is in the public domain so can be downloaded freely here.

Sevensixsixtwo requested the game Pub Crawl for C64, but since I haven't yet managed to get the thing going, I figured this would be the next best thing.

I didn't manage to get very far, mainly due to my own ineptness at this type of game. Although I did code a few of these types of games in my formative years, they were much more linear and basic, and certainly didn't involve events as complex as buying condoms. There was, however, a certain amount of (implied) nudity, but things stopped far short of, shall we say, rumpy-pumpy. I've already given away far too much, but suffice to say that Mr Yack will probably give up and go home long before that stage. Indeed, his confidence is severely dented when his attempts to chat up the barmaid fall upon deaf ears pretty early on.

Spot the Freakazoid, Pet Shop Boys and Pink Floyd references for extra Cadbury's Creme Eggs.

Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Amstrad CPC: A Beeping Anthology

In late 2008, the Yak booted up his Amstrad CPC for the first time in more than ten years. For some reason, he felt compelled to record himself playing games that are a quarter of a decade old and upload them to the internet. Why did he think this was a good idea? And what the hell is that beeping in the background? Find out the answer to none of these questions in this compilation of Harry Yack's earliest attempts at video game commentary.

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So what's new for seasoned Yak-watchers? As well as the remastered Harrier Attack and Stunt Car Racer videos you've already seen on the YouTube Channel, there are new, never-before-seen edits of the Continental Circus and Sultan's Maze Bog Standard Reviews. Although they aren't all that different from the originals, I feel it's those small changes that often make the real difference. Best of all, there is no more beeping! Joy of joys.

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod of for the music in all reviews except Continental Circus.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Viewer Mail No. 642 - BURP39R's Harry Yack artwork

The Hindleyak receives something very special through the post and embarks on a 'grand' adventure. Well not really, but it is vaguely interesting.

Huge thanks to Burp Reynolds AKA LakePalmer. Cassette is from an issue of Sega Pro and 8-bit music is by Kevin MacLeod.