Lyonsden Blog

A blog about Commodore 8-bit & 16-bit computers, retro tech and the odd gadget or two…

Retrobrighting with Just the Sun

Retrobrighting with Just the Sun!

Came across this idea of retrobrighting with just the sun on YouTube. I was highly sceptical so thought I’d give it a go myself! It’s a pretty simple idea. Instead of slathering your yellowed computer in peroxide, or immersing it in...

Amiga CD32

My New Amiga CD32 Console

Introduction I never owned an Amiga CD32 Console back when they launched in 1993. I remember reading about them in Amiga Format and wanting one desperately but could never justify or afford one at the time. Not long after they launched...

Freeze 64 Issue 27

Freeze 64 Issue 27 – Out now!

Just received my latest subscriber edition of Freeze 64 in the post, now up to issue 27! (Which reminds me – it’s time to order a new binder as each one only holds 13 issues!) This issue’s featured game and interview is Nodes...

Fusion Magazine #5

Fusion Magazine #5 just arrived

Received the latest edition of Fusion Magazine, issue #5, at the weekend. Have to say I’m liking the contents of this edition very much as there’s plenty of retro stuff inside. Stuff like the ‘Top 5 Amiga Games’ article...

Wishbringer Infocom

Infocom Wishbringer – Classic C64...

I’m always looking to expand my text adventure collection so when I spotted this copy of Wishbringer by Infocom I had to snap it up. The spine is a little creased and there’s a small tear on the back but other than that it’s...

Amiga Future #138

Amiga Future #138

Another cracking issue of Amiga Future (issue number #138) plopped through my door yesterday. Really looking forward to putting my feet up this weekend and reading through its 50 pages of Amiga goodness. Inside there’s several game...

Race, Skramble & Blitz

Three Classic VIC20 Games Remembered

Picked up a few nice games off eBay recently for my VIC20. Although I’ve had all of them in past, this is the first time I’ve actually owned the retail releases for each game. The copies of Blitz and Race I had as a child were part...

Retro Gamer Magazine

Retro Gamer Magazine

It’s been a long time since I bought a copy of Retro Gamer magazine so kudos to the person who decided to offer a Rob Hubbard CD in a C2N wallet as a covermount this month. Your marketing ploy worked on me!  As I browsed through the...

VIC20 Pirate Cove & Star Battle

2 New VIC20 Game Cartridges

Picked up a couple of terrific classic VIC20 game cartridges off eBay to add to my collection this week. Pirate Cove and Star Battle, both of which are in fantastic condition. I’ve also spent some time scanning the boxes in and have added...

Amiga User 6

Amiga User 6

There’s certainly no shortage of reading material this month as Amiga User 6 arrives alongside K&A Plus magazine. This is another twice a year publication and is also an equally weighty tome packed with interesting articles. This is...

K&A Plus Issue 12

K&A Plus Issue 12

K&A Plus magazine is only published twice a year but is always packed with great content and issue 12 is no exception. Weighing in at 81 pages there’s plenty of content to get stuck into over the coming weeks.     Although...

Tanglewood Mega Drive

Tanglewood: A New Sega Mega Drive Release

In addition to my affection for Commodore’s range of computers I also have quite a soft spot for the Sega Mega Drive. I was really excited when I discovered that ‘Big Evil Corp‘ had developed a brand new game called Tanglewood...