Those cheerful chaps over at Retro Gamer have served up a festive Christmas treat for Atari ST fans. This month’s issue features a whole 8 pages dedicated to our favourite 16-bit wonder machine.
The piece is a ‘Retroinspection,’ detailing the circumstances of the ST’s arrival. It paints the ST’s emergence very positively, attributing the early success to Atari’s survival of the videogame crash of the early-eighties. There are some great quotes from Shiraz Shivji, who was instrumental in the ST’s inception and success, and a lowdown of the ‘Perfect Ten Games’ which correlates quite nicely with our Top 50 (albeit without The Top 50’s criminal Thalion oversight).
Elsewhere in the magazine, Populous (one of my personal ST favourites) is scheduled for an imminent release on the DS. Swiv, The Sales Curve’s popular follow up to Silkworm gets the ‘Making Of…’ treatment, and there’s even a rogue Atari ST screenshot nestling amongst it’s Amiga counterparts. This month’s reader revival is of the Arcade version of Super Sprint, this ST conversion of which was surprisingly faithful and superbly playable despite the lack of steering wheel. All this is wrapped beautifully in a brand new cover by legend Oliver Frey.