Monthly Archives: September 2023

Wipeout Blasts into your Browser with Fan-Made Port

Psygnosis was a vaunted British game developer and publisher, perhaps known mostly for their games for the Commodore Amiga, such as the smash hit Lemmings. The iconic futuristic racing game Wipeout was their second-biggest seller, getting a boost by being a launch title for the blockbuster PlayStation console.

Now, Wipeout is back, but this time you can play it in your browser. A fan-made port of the original 1995 game has been released, and it’s surprisingly good.

The port was created by Dominic Szablewski, who reverse-engineered the PC version of Wipeout and recompiled it to run in a web browser. The game features all of the original tracks and vehicles, as well as the iconic anti-gravity racing gameplay.

The port is not perfect. The graphics are a bit dated, and the controls can be a bit slippery. But overall, it’s a faithful recreation of the original game that’s sure to please fans of the series.

Here are some of the highlights of the browser version of Wipeout:

  • Full game experience: The port includes all of the original tracks, vehicles, and gameplay modes from the 1995 game.
  • Easy to play, hard to master: Wipeout is known for its challenging but rewarding gameplay. The browser port does a good job of capturing this, with tight controls and fast-paced racing.
  • Free to play: The browser port is completely free to play. You can download it and start racing right away.

If you’re a fan of Wipeout or futuristic racing games in general, I highly recommend checking out the browser port. It’s a great way to experience this classic game without having to dig out your old PlayStation.

Here are some tips for playing the browser version of Wipeout:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse to control the game. The controls are not as good with a controller.
  • Start with the easier difficulty settings until you get the hang of the game.
  • Be careful not to overheat your vehicle. Overheating will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually explode.
  • Use the boost wisely. Boosting will give you a speed boost, but it will also overheat your vehicle.
  • Practice makes perfect. The more you play, the better you will become at racing.

I hope you enjoy blasting your way through the browser version of Wipeout! Click here to play it now.

Arcade1Up and Atari Team Up for the 50th Anniversary Arcade Cabinet

If you’ve ever yearned to play Atari arcade games like Missile Command, Crystal Castles, Major Havok and more in an affordable arcade cabinet format, Arcade1Up and Atari have teamed up to release a new arcade cabinet to celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary. The Atari 50th Anniversary Deluxe Arcade Machine is a must-have for any retro gaming fan, with a curated selection of 14 arcade classics and 50 Atari 2600 games.

The cabinet features a 17-inch color screen, four control panels (one for each game type), and two speakers. It also has upgraded joysticks and on-off light-up buttons, a light-up marquee, and even a 3D molded light-up coin door, although you don’t actually have to insert quarters to play. All done in the iconic profile of the classic Atari Asteroids cabinet.

Speaking of which, here is a list of some of the games included in the cabinet:

  • Arcade classics: Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Space Duel, Tempest and more!
  • Atari 2600 games: Adventure, Battlezone, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Crystal Castles, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Gravitar, Haunted House, Millipede, Missile Command, Pac-Man, Pole Position, River Raid, Space Invaders, Sword Quest, Yars’ Revenge, the list goes on.

The cabinet also has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can connect to online leaderboards and compete with gamers from all over the world.

The Atari 50th Anniversary Deluxe Arcade Machine is available now for pre-order on the Atari website and other retailers for $499.99. It is scheduled to ship in October 2023.

To read about the rise and fall of Atari, and the many games they published, and even watch and play them, start with my article on The Dot Eaters, here: