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The history of OCEAN SOFTWARE ... free retro PDF download
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Posted 12th JanEdited by:"Phil_is_right"
Great read regarding ocean software ... powerhouse of gaming in the 80s.

This was made available for free at christmas with a load of other books from the fabulous site previously as noted here but they have all gone back up in price now.

Apparently no more hardcopies will be printed of this book hence why the pdf has been made available for free.
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Loved Ocean's stuff, Head over Heels, Batman, Wizball, RoboCop, Match Day, Rainbow Island, Gryzor, Rambo, Op Wolf, Chase HQ, Platoon, New Zealand Story & Kong (my first ever game I bought for Speccy).

Thanks for the heads up Op!
Deano46720 h, 11 m ago

369MB file size


Which, ironically, is probably bigger than the whole Ocean game catalogue combined!
Ocean, when life was simple and games were enjoyable and exciting.
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369MB file size
Loved Ocean's stuff, Head over Heels, Batman, Wizball, RoboCop, Match Day, Rainbow Island, Gryzor, Rambo, Op Wolf, Chase HQ, Platoon, New Zealand Story & Kong (my first ever game I bought for Speccy).

Thanks for the heads up Op!
Thanks OP
Ocean were great up until they released (for the most part) crap arcade conversions of games that in the arcades were always going to be clearly better than their 8-bit computer counterparts. Particularly when they started with 16-bit arcade conversions onto 8-bit formats.

Problem also (after visiting many an arcade game on MAME) was that a lot of arcade games were crap to begin with, focusing more on being coin thirsty than clever level design or innovation.

Conversions for the C64 I am sure could have been a lot better if in Europe unlike the US there was a greater adoption of disk drives rather than cassette multiloads, or if they had utilised the cartridge port more.
This is a great book, well worth reading for anyone who grew up in the Ocean era. My wife bought me the book and I learnt loads I didn't know. Amazing stories of advertising different games, seeing which generated the most enquiries and then making it. It's a fascinating story.
I remember Head Over Heels....that was an Awesome creation by Ocean.

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Ocean, when life was simple and games were enjoyable and exciting.
Very extensive book, have some heat from me
Remember being amazed playing Match Day when it was released on the zx spectrum, then Match Day 2 came out and you could jump to header the ball. Remember being totally amazed lol
Voted hot just for Head over Heels and Matchday II on my dad's Amstrad CPW word processor. On the down side, if I hadn't had those two disks I'd probably have been able to touch type by the age of 7.
JAMMMMMMMMMMMM
Deano46720 h, 11 m ago

369MB file size


Which, ironically, is probably bigger than the whole Ocean game catalogue combined!
Nice one, Phil_is_right.
smokedog22 h, 34 m ago

Here is the directlink to download the …Here is the directlink to download the PDF:http://fusionretrobooks.com/a/downloads/-/adbe904bac0cd480/119c546819b29013/download



Thanks for the direct download link, smokedog.
Grew up on Ocean games lol god the tape loading/waiting was hell even without errors. Speccy and 64 had some great games.
Didn’t you move all (3 outfield) players at once in the first matchday or did I dream that ?
Heat added. The games mentioned above have hit me with a wave of nostalgia for my spectrum 128k. Cardboard boxed games. Lovely.
Ocean really pushed the C64 graphic wise. Robocop was almost looking like a bad day 16 bit game. Anybody remember the Hunchback games? Renegade? Combat days? God they look awful now but boy were they fun.
Brilliant, heat added!
just watched head over heels video on youtube. takes me back to when i was a kid on the c64 , i couldnt complete it but
someone has actually done the whole game play video
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