I still remember when my older brother Stephen got a brand new Commodore 64 in the mid-80s. I was so envious and longed to be allowed into his bedroom for a turn. He did let me at times, but always made a big deal about me washing and drying my hands thoroughly before being allowed to touch the controllers. Sometimes I tried to rush the hand drying by adding a bit of talcum powder to my fingers, but he always knew and sent me back to wash it off.
Fast forward a few years and I was the proud owner of my very own Commodore 64, and I spent oh-so many hours playing in my room (although around 50% of those hours were spent waiting for the cassette-tape to load, and having to restart the loading process when it crashed part way through!).
Over time I gathered quite a collection of games – most came from the local Woolies or a second-hand music and games shop called Melodies – here are 10 that I played over and over again:
1. MANIC MINER
I loved a platform game and this was one of my absolute favourites.
I know this was released a bit later in the early 90s, but it was so addictive!
4. BMX RACERS
This was such a basic game but I loved it! Especially going off road and dodging the rocks and bushes to get a faster time!
I found this game so frustrating, but there’s no denying it’s a classic!
6. POLE POSITION
I think I played this one in the amusement arcades rather than at home. You had to climb into an actual car with a steering wheel to play and I remember you could hear the beeping sounds of the race starting whereever you were in the ‘muz’.
7. BUBBLE BOBBLE
Hands down my favourite ever 80s computer game. I spent so long playing Bubble Bobble and managed to get to a really high level. I eventually had a code to skip all the early levels.
8. WHEELIN’ WALLIE
Wheelin’ Wallie is part of a trilogy of ‘Wallie’ games that I loved playing.
9. TROLLEY WALLIE
Another favourite of mine in the Wallie series was Trolley Wallie. The music was so addictive, it would go round in my head for days!
10. WALLIE GOES TO RHYMELAND