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80s TV Gameshows as Computer Games | Nostalgia Nerd

August 22, 2019


[intro load[ *clackety sound of tape loading* *whirrrrrr* [KNIGHTMARE THEME] TV Gameshows. They used to be an almost integral part of
our lives, didn’t they? They were the average person’s connection
to this glorious world of media. The doorway through which any one of us could
have a chance of being broadcast to the nation. This was before the days of Youtube, or even
the internet, and really, the thought of being on one of our 4 terrestrial TV channels was
the peak of excitement. [Crystal Maze Theme] Of course, the vast majority of the population
never appeared on a show, but it didn’t mean we took any less pleasure in seeing our fellow
neighbour, battling against other normal people, “The category is Science… Select” “Two Please” perhaps to win a caravan or maybe somewhat
of a lesser prize. “IIIIIN 3!” “for hour after hour of fun, how about this Croquet set” “IIIIN 2!” Oooooh, a Commodore 64. That’s not bad! But if our chances of getting on these shows
themselves was low, what was the next best thing? [80s Synth] Well, computer adaptations of these shows
of course. I mean, if you could play it on your Spectrum,
you were essentially on the TV anyway, and for just a few quid per game, there was nothing
to lose. Or was there? [Game sounds] Hmmmmmm. Here I’m going to sample the delights of 4
such games, ranging from the kids TV series, Knightmare, through afternoon viewing of Countdown,
the late evening Krypton Factor and all the way to the weekend excitement of Run the Gauntlet. As these are decidedly British TV shows, we’ll
need the most British of machines, a ZX Spectrum, and a decent amount of tea to get us through. Right, let’s get cracking. “Welcome watchers of illusion… to the castle of confusion” A welcome break from another cherished CITV
show, Fun-house [FUNHOUSE MUSIC] Knightmare was a show which ran from 1987 to 1994, feeding the fantastical
imaginations of British kids (and probably adults) throughout its 112 episodes. “Squiredom is the reward for surviving the dungeon. For silver precedes Gold” I remember getting back from school, grabbing
a suitable snack and being riveted by the action and adventure unfolding before my eyes. The premise was pretty simple. Four lucky hopefuls would find themselves
in Treguard’s, castle. One of these intrepid folks would then need
to don the Helmet of Justice and enter the dungeon of despair, where they were confronted
by room upon room of computer generated graphics (which were generated on various machines
including an Amiga 2000 and a Spaceward Supernova), along with real life obstacles and actors, within the blue screen environment Clearly, the dungeoneer couldn’t see this
themselves, and so the hat also acted as a blindfold, only allowing the adventurer to
peek out of the bottom and collect items. The other 3 contestants would act as the eyes
and decision makers for the dungeoneer, whom they viewed on a screen, which emerged from
a chest, or something. It made for incredible, if often frustrating
viewing. “Just turn.. just keep going until we say stop….” “Warning team. You should have taken the magic lamp when you had the chance” A port – if you can call it that – for popular
British micros was therefore inevitable. [dungeon music fades] [new funky dungeon music] The problem was, it was far more frustrating
than incredible, especially in 8 bit form. Released in 1987 by Activision, this is the
closest many of us could get to the Knightmare experience, and it really was a Nightmare. [Ear piercing music] After the ear piercing rendition of the TV
tune we find ourselves in a cell, with an old prisoner hobbling about, and one of the
most upsetting navigational methods I’ve encountered. To start movement is assigned to the 6,7,8
and 9 keys, which is… almost perverted…. but you can get used to. But then we have a clunky, bumbling system
of inventory and action selection, which really sh*ts on your parade. Not only do we have all options here, regardless
of whether you can use them or not. I mean, I definitely don’t want to OPEN OLD
MAN… Do I? But the system of addressing them is slow
and clunky. You have to use the shift key to cycle through
the first operator, press enter, then do it again for the second. You can speed it up by typing the first letter,
but when you’ve got seconds to lob rocks at enemies, it’s really not ideal. But, to be fair, none of that really matters,
because the vast majority of gamers, never got out of this pissing room. I mean, there’s no clue at all, other than
this dude, the occasional babbling nonsense from Treguard, and whatever that is on the floor? Take… Anvil? No. Food? Ahhhh, that other blob must be food. It’s actually a Rock, which instinctively
I threw at the Old Man, but then you really are stuck, because we need him to progress. The answer is actually to give this chap your
food, and your water, and then ASK him, and then he gives you a spade, which you can then
use to magically disappear through the floor with in the next room along. WELL. IT’S OBVIOUS WHEN YOU PUT IT LIKE THAT. Once you’re out there’s all manner of critters,
bats, sword wielding bastards to deal with, and you’re gonna die, a lot. A lot more than they do in the actual gameshow…. even though that’s pretty hard as well. Each time you get hit, your candle diminishes
faster, which isn’t quite as good as the face and skull from the real game, but it’s a FEATURE
of sorts. There are also other familiar references to
the show, such as faces appearing in walls, and riddles which you have to solve. But really, it’s a crock of crappppp. Watching the show is far more preferable. So, onto the next. How about Countdown, another afternoon show,
Channel 4 this time, and probably one many of us will associate with bunking off school. Either that or lazy University viewing. Now here’s a show that’s still running today. Of course we don’t have Carol Vorderman anymore, or Richard Whiteley,
but the premise is exactly the same. A bunch of people compete to solve maths problems
and get longest words, all before half the time on a clock runs out. I never did understand why they bothered having
a whole clock. [TENSE MUSIC] *bonggg* “yes Douglassss” So, this game, it feels much easier to translate
to the Spectrum. [plodding digital music] Published by Macsen Software in 1986 – some
4 years after the series began airing, it was later re-released by TV Games in a double
cassette box presentation, which is quite nice. Loading is quick and painless. We’re then greeted with a frankly, terrible
version of the TV theme tune. [AWFUL SOUNDS]….. well, actually it’s not too bad in the scope of the Speccy’s -lack of- sound hardware We’re then asked to enter our contestant names. It makes more sense if you have a friend to
play with, but otherwise you can just go against -THE MACHINE-. It’s not really a concept you can go wrong
with. We the usual letters game where each player
selects 9 random consonants and vowels and then tries to make a word using the selected
letters. The longest word wins, although the software
seems to come up with some pretty good words of its own, and that’s thanks to a fairly
extensive dictionary. Of course, it doesn’t know every word and
so sometimes you’re asked to confirm the words you’ve entered. Two player, that’s easy enough, and although
you could cheat, especially playing against yourself, WOULD THERE REALLY BE ANY POINT
SHARON?! See, Tenter, that’s the name of someone who
uses a Tent, and REKT is what happens when you drink too much. [basssss] Like Knightmare, we’re lacking some of the
key visuals, in this instance, the massive clock. Instead we get a decreasing bar indicator. It’s not really the same is it? Anyway, onto the numbers round. Here we pick a selection of high and low number
cards, and then have to reach the given target using our selection. This is quite nice, as you get plenty of space
to present your formula, although you have to present each part in it’s entirety for
the game to accept it. If the game can do it better, than it’ll show
you, if not, then it won’t. We get more letters and numbers rounds, before
finishing on the countdown conundrum, where the first to buzz in gets a chance at the
solution. It’s countdown, it’s not a bad implementation,
but it is a little bland and dry to make it an entertaining computer experience. Onto the NEXT. *eject clunk* [Krpyton Factor theme] Ahhhhh, the Krypton Factor, yes. One of my childhood favourites. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy seeing members
of the public pushing themselves through obstacle courses and crashing planes in a flight simulator. Here’s a series which started way back in
1977, originally presented by Gordon Burns, but continued really until 1995, with a brief
re-appearance in 2009. The concept was to test the physical stamina
and mental attributes of the self proclaimed hardy contestants, with the shows title a
reference to Superman’s home planet of Krypton. It’s just, not all the contestants had Superman
like abilities. Well, barely any of them! But that was all part of the charm. Each participant had their own colour and
were put through rounds which differed over the years, but the most memorable for me being
the standard question round, the observation round – where they’d have to recall moments
from a video clip, the physical ability course which put them through their paces, and of
course, the flight simulator, where they normally had to land a commercial airline, without
crashing. “just up above is the Hercules refuelling tanker, travelling at about 250MPH” Good, wholesome family viewing. So how does the Spectrum version fare? [BEATS] Released in 1987 by Domark and TV Games, it
benefits from another double style cassette case, and a decent instructional guide. This is a multi-load tape, so the initial
section isn’t too bad. We’re then greeted by the title screen and
some pretty impressive music from the Spectrum’s little beeper. [Fairly decent 1-bit Spectrum music] Now this is a game which was not received
well by the gaming press of the time, and I think in some respects that’s because from
the off, it actually feels like the TV show. Look you even get to choose and edit your
contestants. OK, so I can’t seem to edit the details like
it says I should, but I still get to confirm the existing ones. NICE. But anyway, maybe this highlights the main
question this video is asking? Do TV game-shows actually translate well to
computer game format? Errrrrrrr. The first round is Mental Agility. Here a series of numbers are presented. We simply have to recite them back to the
computer, in sequential order. Easy enough. *beeping* Next we have… well, we have the next mental
agility task of multi-loading the game. [loading tones] Oh ffs. What’s even the point. Once you’ve managed to load the next section,
we have the Observation round, now, this is where things start to go downhill. The concept is nice. It’s like the TV show, but there’s a LOT of
information here and it takes a lot of time to get through. Another slightly altered version then follows. You’re then asked to identify two words which
changed out of the story, and choose the differences to the image. It’s quite hard, but actually, after a few
attempts – each with a completely different story and picture, I did manage to get the
words and most of the visual changes. Maybe this is some kind of early BRAIN TRAINING APP. Next is Response. Here we’re using a machine called an Ergobuggy,
and it’s a little strange, but apparently something also used in the show. The premise is to cycle forward using both
your hands, controlled by the Q and W keys and your feet, using the P and L keys. The problem is, you have to tap them at different
rates to keep the power bar in the middle of the indicators. I dunno, I quite like the challenge here. I mean, it would be better if I was playing
multiplayer… seems a bit pointless on my own. But interesting. After response comes Physical agility. This is done by assigning different amounts
of power to your Legs, Arms, Strength and Stamina when necessary. It’s a break from the Daley Thompson or Track
and Field method of running, that is for sure. Plus you don’t ruin your Speccy’s keyboard
in the process. The intelligence round is basically one of
those cheap plastic block puzzles. Finally General Knowledge, is answering questions,
but then relying on you (or another player) to confirm whether you said the right answer
or not. Then the game is over. Look, I won. Well, either I won, or Che Guevara won. I’m pretty sure that’s his face up there. Marxism Rules! Kryptooooooon. And so, finally, we move onto Run the Gauntlet. Now, this is probably the least known show
here, although it still had a decent run of 4 years between 1987 and 1991. Another ITV production, this one was a more
intensive spectacle, featuring four Worldwide teams who battled to get through various rounds
of endurance and skill. Given the intensity of the rounds, it was
probably also the least accessible for general members of the public. But it’s OK, because once again, we have the
ZX Spectrum version, in all it’s glorious multi-coloured finery. Published by Ocean Software and released in
1989, we get another double cassette box, with a single cassette inside. Marvellous. This is a game, I remember well from my childhood. My brother and I would spend hours trying
to get to grips with the unforgiving nature of this game. It was a fruitless task, but at least we have
some nice 128k music, produced by the AY sound chip. That makes a nice change. Like The Krypton Factor, this is a game consisting
of multiple, and quite different rounds. Once you’ve picked a team, for you and your
fellow players, it’s onto the first, randomly selected event. Although, when I say random, it’s very much
still within the boundaries of the tape multi-load. The different rounds are stored in order on
the cassette, so sometimes you’d have to wait for A LONG TIME for each section to load,
as it skipped over rounds it wasn’t using on this pass. Here we have the Water Course. Sometimes, you get hovercraft here, sometimes
boats, here it’s jetskis, and GOOD GOD THIS IS DIFFICULT. Even when you’ve worked out which way to go,
bumping into something is like a toddler running full pelt into a bouncy castle. DEVASTATION. After that we might get some off roading,
which is probably the easiest round on offer here, but it’s still bloody frustrating. If you happen to knock into an opponent vehicle,
then the opponent apparently continues without issue, whereas you fly off the track and spin
wildly out of control. The same thing also happens if you drive on
the grass. Must have those special anti-grass tyres fitted. This is actually the round I remember most
fondly from youth, but playing it also brought back those feelings of FAILURE which this
game clearly instilled in me. Look at those other drivers making it seem
easy… I can’t even turn a bloody corner. There’s also a running or climbing round where
you get to control your power using a combination of fire and left/right keys, and then somehow
waggle yourself out of water hazards. There’s a science to it, but clearly I haven’t
mastered it. If you play with friends, much like the Kypton
Factor, you have to take turns. Once you’ve completed all your rounds. Then you get told how crap you are, and you
can try again. Or not. And that’s our games. This is what it’s like to take a well loved
80s Game Show and squeeze it into the Spectrum. To take half an hour of entertainment and
squash it into 48 kilobytes of sheer, unrelenting horror. Probably the best title here is actually Countdown,
but that’s boring as hell. So what have we learnt. Well, I’ve learnt that playing interactive
renditions of gameshows I loved, makes the gameshow taste a little sour in my mouth. I’ve learnt that I can’t play these games
for toffee and I’ve learnt that I miss watching Knightmare on a Wednesday afternoon before
dinner. I think what we’ve established is that TV
Gameshows should be left as TV Gameshows. Thanks for watching. Have a great evening.

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100 Comments

  • Reply Fred Wilkins April 1, 2019 at 5:22 am

    4 double add spots.Pushing me closer and closer to an add blocker…make that 5

  • Reply OnionMenace April 1, 2019 at 6:32 am

    TNETENNBA

  • Reply Gary Peachey April 1, 2019 at 7:03 am

    What have I learnt? Some YouTube videos have more advertising breaks than TV shows!! But saying that as always I enjoyed your content 🤗

  • Reply Aled Gravell April 1, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Great video, full of nostalgia. Is there any chance of a C64 based sequel? There are plenty of other game-shows to cover.

  • Reply Greg Daniel April 1, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Ahh.. Richard Whitely, Gordon Burns, Jim Bowen, Roy Walker, Henry Kelly! Gameshow giants sadly no longer with us. (Checks wiki) Oh, Kelly's still here, he's just (whispers) …sorting out a problem with his taxes.

  • Reply imbecilik April 1, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Oh, man. 80's TV shows on a Sinclair Spectrum… The joy this video brings to those our age will never be known by our trans-Atlantic cousins.

  • Reply Michelle L April 1, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Dose anyone know if you could record data to a VCR , i did open my 1st gen hifi vhs player to find a parallel port under the case to the left with 2 other ports. the others say test and loop parallel said nothing.

  • Reply Pqrst Zxerty April 1, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I like that the old games still kept the idea of putting to many adverts in the production !!

  • Reply wayne clark April 1, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Awesome as usual.

  • Reply [email protected] April 1, 2019 at 11:27 am

    It is really impressive that you also mentioning the shows by showing us real footage from the tv as well to get us to the spirit of what those games are supposed to be! Your retrospective in general in those matters is clearly unique keep going mate!

  • Reply Late Night Reviews April 1, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I loved Knightmare, but I was too afraid to apply! ..I actually thought the kids died!

  • Reply Steve Smith April 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

    EXCELLENT….

  • Reply Jonothan Thrace April 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Knightmare? Oooh, nasty!

  • Reply asdaffewwerqa asafdaqwrad April 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

    8+ club

  • Reply James Hare April 1, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    It must have been so boring for the dungeoneer wandering around a practically empty blue screen set all day. Always wanted to be on the show though as one of the guides 🙂

  • Reply Fux News April 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    The Megadrive has a few of these: the Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

  • Reply scannaunderscore1 April 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    graphics on the speccy look better than the show

  • Reply Jonathan Cantliff April 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Richard Whiteley was the host of countdown

  • Reply tomtom vicky April 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Activision, who shined on Atari 2600 (and A8), released loads of shit on British computers. TV Game shows, I loved Anneka's Treasure Hunt, still got the game on C64

  • Reply Chad Bertrand April 1, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    It's pronounced Krypt-ON, not Kryptin. It's a proper name for a fictional planet, created by an American-Canadian duo. You're not allowed Britishize it!

  • Reply Matty112uk April 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Run the Gauntlet was far better looking on the C64, the controls were pretty shit though still! Great Video! 🙂

  • Reply Richard Harris April 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    How can you have missed out Blockbusters and Bullseye!

  • Reply zX128 April 1, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    If I was rich I would pay someone to make an 8bit Cheggers Plays Pop game

  • Reply Damien Guard April 1, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    It's using 67890 because you pressed 0 and it thought you'd pressed Fire on a Sinclair Interface II joystick as it mapped to that. If you plug in a Kempston joystick interface and press fire on that it works with that too (IN31 port not keys that way). Might be worth using a joystick interface and joystick for future reviews?

  • Reply Mouse Potato April 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Knightmare came out on the Commodore Amiga a few years later but was different to the Spectrum version as it was a dungeon style game.

  • Reply SNATH April 1, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I like how the ground spells out N O P E

  • Reply Dave Wegh April 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    it's not a dungeon of despair without an evil prince and a sinister little midget with a bucket and a mop

  • Reply Steven Grieve April 1, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    To be fair, Knightmare is pretty accurate. If they didn't pick up something random or go the right way in the TV show then it was game over. It should also get bonus points for being partly inspired by Atic Atac.

  • Reply 97channel April 1, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Damn, Run The Gauntlet! Long forgotten about that. It also jogged my memory of the little remembered Craig Charles classic Cyber Zone. Now THAT would have made for an interesting ZX Spectrum port. For those who don't know of it, it was a couple of contestants playing missions against one another on your standard early 90's VR machines. A rowdy audience of yobbos, an industrial setting, Craig Charles shouting "AWOOGA!", and the sound effect to the gunge machine from Noel's House Party, for some reason. I can well imagine a Spectrum game of that, in the same mould as Castle Master.

  • Reply goofus funderbun April 1, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    It's Richard Whiteley; show some respect!

  • Reply Lee Bee April 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    The reviewer calls the Knightmare game "a crop of crap", but I have to say, I really did love it! I don't care that it was difficult. It was difficult, and I didn't even get very far myself. But as a child, I just found it incredibly exciting. Like the show itself, the game seemed steeped with a sense of intrigue, mystery and classic English folklore. I love the candle, the turning pages, and the old-fashioned typeface.

    For me, the small, "locked room" scenario just made it all the more captivating. It wasn't a big, loud in-your face game. It was a quiet, thinking man's game, which , like the TV show, took itself seriously, and expected the viewers to be intelligent and to pay attention to small details.

    I do think the game could have been a lot better in some respects, but the overall concept is one I found intriguing and exciting, and I still feel that way when I see it now.

    By the way, I love making Spectrum music, and I've made a pretty decent version of the Knightmare theme tune 🙂 Just throwing that out there… in case anyone's making a new Spectrum Knightmare game? You never know. LOL 🙂

  • Reply MrSurferlonely April 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Seeing this I thought to myself I wonder if they made a pc game of my favorite show The Young Ones doing some research a game was made. I have not seen too many videos Nostalgia Nerd but have you done a video on the show if not I would like to know what you think about that game by the way interesting video.

  • Reply Ross TheNinja April 1, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Bullseye was pretty good with a light gun

  • Reply SMIFFY April 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I had The Krypton Factor on Commodore 64 but I didn't know how to play it. I suggested it on Octav1us' C64 stream the other day to no avail.

  • Reply Samuel J Weber April 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

    0:59–7:12 Both Dark Souls and Fable seem to have inspired aspects of their gameplay from Knightmare by Activision.

  • Reply BobshortforKate April 2, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Sword Weilding Bastards – quality lol.

  • Reply B L April 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Spell casting “H E A V Y N O S T A L G I A”

  • Reply Xaranar April 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Knightmare was the shit. So was Sub Zero.

  • Reply MrThunderwing April 2, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I was a contestant on Knightmare back in the day. It'll be 30 years this year since we were on it (last two episodes of series 3).

  • Reply Duff Chimp April 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I can confirm being one of those that never got out of the first room. Seriously fuck that game.

  • Reply When Giant Monsters Attack Beautiful People Die April 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I am one such player who couldn't get out the first room in Knightmare. Thank you for showing me the answer. Bastard devs! Haunted me for 30+ years that has.

  • Reply Daniel Lopez April 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I preffer the Comedian filled 8 out of 10 cats does countdown with jimmy carr, running rn.

  • Reply Daniel May April 2, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz on the C64 was pretty awesome, also great music.

  • Reply Luke Herbert April 2, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    7:57 I got a 6, Outlaw.

  • Reply paulanderson79 April 2, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    6,7,8, & 9 keys is the Sinclair Interface II set.

  • Reply - ̗̀A Bacchus ̖́- April 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Christ, I had Knightmare on the Spectrum. I N E V E R got out of that first FxxKING room!!

  • Reply Dave Dogge April 2, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Dude you've missed Bullseye on the Commodore 64 ! …. that is heresy right there.

  • Reply Kaye Faye April 2, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Y'know what? Knightmare would make a fucking awesome VR game if it were handled in a way like "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes." I guess it'd have to work differently, maybe the conceit is less that they're blinded and more that they're unable to see certain things, like the helmet can't perceive evil or whatever, but they can still see the "world." Meanwhile, people outside could watch. And maybe someone could join the chat and be Treygard, just making ridiculous comments.

  • Reply Several Fighters April 3, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Bonus points to anyone who can solve that countdown conundrum.

  • Reply Willem Vermeylen April 3, 2019 at 10:45 am

    oh man I loved Run The Gauntlet! Played it massively on C64 🙂 looks way better then this version too!

  • Reply Ian Drake April 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Tenter is a word, it's a framework for drying cloth – the root of the idiom "tenterhooks".

  • Reply Properly Brilliant Games April 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Ah multi-loads, Mayhem in Monsterland on the Commodore 64 had a painful 8 minute load between each level. Took me hours of watching raster bars to finish it.

  • Reply Joe Maley April 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Top video dude

  • Reply Anna Zero April 3, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    A Knightmare computer game these days would be amazing, alas. Great vid Mr Nerd good old nostalgic pangs off this.

  • Reply Factual Fox April 3, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Warm feelings of nostalgia notwithstanding, I applaud you for going to the trouble of putting such videos together. My only regret is that i cannot reward you by subscribing to your channel more than once! If i could, i would! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Factual Fox April 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    P.S. I love the few random squares of soundproofing foam stuck to your wall… That must make ALL the difference with the neighbours! 😉

  • Reply Factual Fox April 3, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Bullseye's jackpot quiz question was always the most cryptic and bizarre riddle which even a quiz team comprising of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Alan Turing (inventor of the machine which cracked the Enigma coed) wouldn't have a decent chance at getting right! They didn't want to give those caravans away i tell you!!

  • Reply Gaming Paradise Streams April 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I need to stream that Knightmare game one day, its always interested me

  • Reply Paul Higgins April 4, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Run the Gauntlet was brilliant on the Amiga. On of my fav games back in the day!

  • Reply Michael McDonald April 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    you can have a bit of fun in that first room. do everything necessary to get the old man to help you by giving you the spade, then grab a rock and throw it at him. that's what we used to do

  • Reply FreqyBiker April 5, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Knightmare on a Wednesday?
    I thought it was on a Friday.

    I was the same as everyone else- there's no way I could get out of that room, when I eventually figures it out- I'd get killed almost immediately.

  • Reply 24magiccarrot April 5, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Some of these games would be well served with a modern remake

  • Reply Garthdon April 6, 2019 at 12:59 am

    I couldn't get out of the first cell on Knightmare back in the day. Loved the show.

  • Reply 005 AGIMA April 6, 2019 at 4:19 am

    I'd argue that the show Krypton Factor was a primary culprit for causing my flight simulator obsession. How could these intelligent people on my TV fail so hard at landing a plane?

  • Reply RichardM8422 April 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Can't believe you skipped over the Knightmare theme tune. You're not a real 80s!

  • Reply Ivan Karamazov April 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    As an American, I only discovered Knightmare quite recently through YouTube, and I have to say that I probably would have very much enjoyed watching that. Shame we didn't get it or have something like it.

  • Reply Darren Porter April 7, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I used to watch (Knightmare).. but even at time was pretty rubbish.

  • Reply wesmatron April 7, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I loved The Great Egg Race and The Adventure Game

  • Reply John Michael Stock April 8, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I had that tape recorder for my ZX81

  • Reply MrLorbu April 9, 2019 at 10:44 am

    rofl Hasta Siempre Nerd!^^

  • Reply Sam Wolfie Downes April 9, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Amazing work as always!
    That Knightmare game though…. Aghhhh! :'(

  • Reply Christopher Noel April 10, 2019 at 2:19 am

    (2:23) Looks a bit like Rex Garrod from The Secret Life of Machines.
    (2:56) First thing I see is the recall code O P E from Dr. Stangelove.
    (10:35) Krypton Factor: I was expecting cryptography, not a Superman Challenge.
    (16:35) Ah, Ocean – publisher of The Great Escape and Wizball.

  • Reply Rod Munch April 10, 2019 at 5:29 am

    I must say we had a bit better luck here in the US on this one. Wheel of Fortune was actually a good game, at least that's how I remember it on the C64. The other one is Jeopardy, which again translated pretty well to being a game. Anywho this was very interesting. I never heard of any of these shows, but I'm really surprised we didn't get a spin-off of that Castle game, seems like it would have been a good fit for US kids.

  • Reply TheOneRobUK April 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    My older brother brought Knightmare and got out of the first room. Once. It then went unplayed.

    Show was great though, used to scare me at times and quite tense.

  • Reply mikey p April 11, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Great nostalgic video here, Do you remember that 80's UK kids TV series with Ken Campbell called: Erasmus Microman
    Now that would of made a good game 🙂

  • Reply CuriousOrange April 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

    "Where am I? "
    " You're in a room "

    " No fucking shit "

  • Reply Birch Vand April 11, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Great video! Don't knock Richard Whiteley, though – he didn't get the nickname "twice nightly" for nothing…

  • Reply EvilStreaks April 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    The skull animation migiht have been made on an Amiga, but the backdrops where hand drawn. I've talked to the artist. 😛

  • Reply EvilStreaks April 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Those old tapedecks were physically 70% speaker area. THEY DIDNT NEED TO HAVE A SPEAKER!!! If I remember right, you couldn't even turn the f-ing volume down!

  • Reply Frankie April 18, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    knightmare for the amiga, I remember looking at the box art and thinking OOOOOOOO then slotting it in the trusty old commodore and proceeding to punch the monitor.

  • Reply carpii April 20, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    “Warning Team! You should have taken the magic lamp when you had the chance”. Adventurer dies

    Now I hate to be a pedant, but that’s a fatal error not a warning

  • Reply 8Bitkasper April 20, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    the spectrum I had had the tape deck as part of keyboard that one you have there looks like a ps2 design with those ridges on the right side

  • Reply hitechguy18 April 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I would of most likely take the crap tapes to School and use ether the Reception desk cassette Tape Eraser or the Library's Security Tag Eraser and have them wiped and recycle the tapes for my own Dictaphone use the short tapes were useful for teacher short notes/reminders

  • Reply Jamie Piller April 22, 2019 at 4:21 am

    I owned every one of those games.

  • Reply Jamie Piller April 22, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Richard Whatshisface…….

    How very dare you, young man….

    It was Richard Blacklely

  • Reply Chad Mawn April 23, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Family Feud (Family Fortunes in the UK) was fun on my Uncle's old Tandy in STUNNING 4-color CGA.

  • Reply HexVex April 24, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Should have played Kickstart (or Kickstart 2), quite possibly the best games ever adapted from a british TV show.

  • Reply Manpet Epetrop May 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hey! i used to love Run The Gauntlet on my trusty Amstrad CPC 6128!

    Although i broke a joystick in frustration – Lol ! the good days…

  • Reply Paul Donaghy May 5, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I'll say the look of the Knightmare game actually "looks" pretty cool for its interface. page flipping and the animated candle are a nice touch.

  • Reply Mr C May 7, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Someone should make a new Knightmare game for VR.

  • Reply chinaski31 May 15, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Don’t knock “twice nightly, Whitely!”

  • Reply Anthony Barratt May 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    90s gameshows were better

  • Reply Sir Gawain May 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Knightmare game show was ahead of its time, always raced home to watch on TV 🙂

  • Reply casperld May 26, 2019 at 1:24 am

    How did you miss "Ask hole" lool

  • Reply JIMBO8472 June 9, 2019 at 6:21 am

    No its a knockout? For shame!

  • Reply Jip Jackson June 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I friggen LOVE watching British TV. It's so similar to US shows yet SO utterly different. Usually more straightforward and doesn't treat you like a brain-dead idiot.. American T.V. always treats you like it assumes you are the biggest dumbass ever, not so much back then just different in other ways. Today though is a different story. I haven't had cable in 15 years but when I watch it at someones house…my god. Everything has a soundtrack that "tells you" how you should be feeling: happy, sad, mad or whatever. Cuz we's be 2 stopid 2 be knowin buy R own when a sad part comes up. A great example is Gorden Ramseys Kitchen Nightmares. Watch both versions and you'll know what I mean.

  • Reply prismstudios001 July 6, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Snort!   I`m in America, and I drink more tea than that! Also I loved the Crystal Maze, it ran on cable TV here for a while.

  • Reply Adam Power August 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Oh come on, surely it wouldn't have been difficult to have a clock counting down. They only needed to animate half of it anyway. Rubbish. I used to love Knightmare, it was one of the highlights of my week.

  • Reply Pauldjreadman August 7, 2019 at 1:11 am

    The original crystal Maze was fantastic. Mix it with the Rocky Horror Picture Show and I was sold. :). Knightmare was great. This was the time when the term Reboot hadn’t been invented yet. Knightmare backdrops where made on an Amiga? Wow.

  • Reply None Ya August 11, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Marxism does in fact rule !!!

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