Retro Gamer recently released volume 2 of there massive 260 paged bookazine “Videogames Hardware Handbook”.
If you have no clue of what this is you can go back and check my review of Volume 1 here. This time the color of the bookazine is blue and includes 28 different gaming systems. A mix of consoles and computer released between 1977 to 2001.
My first thought when i ordered Vol 2 was what systems Retro Gamer would include this time? Well if you have Vol 1 you might notice that some of the biggest gaming systems like the Playstation, Megadrive/Genesis or Amiga 500 where missing, and these are now included in this volume witch is great! But what about the rest? Well as Vol 1 covered the most popular and most known systems Vol 2 instead got more of those rare and obscure systems like the Acorn Archimede, Sam Coupe and Simon.
When i flip through the pages of Vol 2 I also notice that they had to few systems to write about as most of them now where covered witch gave them more space and instead included some other related articles as the history of gamepads & joysticks and an article about the rise and fall of the Virtual reality games.
All the articles are as always very well written with everything you need to know about the gaming systems and they all have the “Perfect 10 games”. As they had more space in this bookazine they have even added the top 100 list for most of the systems, perfect for those who are new to a system and want to know what games to keep an eye at. The Videogames Hardware Handbook Volumes 1 and 2 is really recommended for all retrogamers out there! You can purchase it at https://www.imagineshop.co.uk/ for about 15usd.
As i mentioned in my review of Volume 1 neither Retro Gamer or Imagine Publishing told us about what systems where covered in Volume 2, so once again im going to help you out by including a list of the gaming systems covered in this bookazine.
Famicom Disc System
Amstrad CPC 6128
Ataru 800 XL