RETRO MOTORBIKES

THE BEST RETRO MOTORBIKES:

Kawasaki Z900RS

Kawasaki Z900RS For Sale 

Brand new for 2018 the Kawasaki Z900RS is a bit of a game changer and is truly a work of art.

It’s based on the slightly more angry Z900 but has a de-tuned engine, wheels designed to look a bit like wire spokes, a retro style seat, a modern LED headlight disguised as a traditional light and a blacked out engine with machined mock engine cooling fins.

At first glance it looks like a traditional pair of clocks but nestled between them is a modern inverted LCD dash with all the info you would expect from a modern bike. Read the review.

All in all it’s a lot of bike for the money and there is also a cafe racer version available in the Z900RS Cafe.

BMW R nineT

BMW R nineT For Sale 

Launched in 2017 the BMW R nineT isn’t cheap but looks great, makes a statement and oozes quality.

The pillion frame is easily detachable for a solo look or you can opt for the pillion hump with hidden storage compartment and the Boxer engine is tried and tested, with a design that keeps the weight low down. Read the review.

There’s also a cheaper version available in the Pure and a cafe racer version or you can customise it in almost unlimited ways to create your dream bike. 

Triumph Speed Twin

Triumph Speed Twin For Sale 

Powered by the legendary Thruxton High Power engine the new Speed Twin is like a sportier version of the popular T120, with some weight lopped off and cooler mirrors.

It can be massively customised using the Triumph parts catalogue and should sell really well. Read the review.

Triumph Bonneville T120

Triumph Bonneville T120 For Sale 

It doesn’t get more retro than the incredibly popular T120 and like the Speed Twin customisation potential is massive. Read the review.

Honda CB1000R

Honda CB1000R For Sale 

The highly anticipated 2018 CB1000R is perhaps the odd one out on this list, both in power and looks.

The previous generation de-tuned Fireblade engine produces way more power than you need for the road at 143bhp, combined with looks that are genuinely somewhere between a modern naked bike and a modern retro bike.

There’s plenty of modern technology on offer but this bike is really all about the visual details and virtually all metal construction. Read the review.

Yamaha XSR900

Yamaha XSR900 For Sale 

Launched back in 2016 the Yamaha XSR900 is essentially the best selling MT-09 with a few mods to make it look a bit retro, in the way of a round headlight / tail light, curvier tank and quite a few parts blacked out.

That’s a good thing because the MT-09 is an excellent bike with nearly 50,000 sold in Europe before it received a small update for 2017.

The 60th anniversary yellow and black Speed Block edition looks particularly good. Read the review.

Triumph Street Twin

Triumph Street Twin For Sale 

The original 2016 Triumph Street Twin had a really classic look and was super learner friendly with a low 750mm seat, although not the lightest bike out there.

It should last a while though because it can be made A2 compliant with a restrictor and can be completely customised with Triumph’s massive parts catalogue.

For 2019 it gains 10bhp, a Brembo front caliper, better fork, ride modes, an improved seat with more padding, cool machined wheels and down pipes with a goldish finish.

Moto Guzzi V7 III

Moto Guzzi V7 III For Sale 

The V7 has been slowly evolving since 2008 and is very much about the way it looks and sounds, with quite a following and plenty of customisation options.

It’s also a little bit special because the engine is mounted at 90° to most other V-Twin bikes, ensuring you’ll stand out wherever you go and the shaft drive means easy maintenance. Read the review.

Ducati Scrambler Icon

Ducati Scrambler Icon For Sale 

The seemingly infinite flavours of the 803cc Scrambler were a sales success for Ducati so for 2018 they have updated the Icon with a new headlight, cornering ABS, lighter hydraulic clutch, gear position indicator and fuel gauge.

Honda Monkey

Honda Monkey For Sale 

Honda’s Monkey is new for 2018 and channels the styling of the original Z50 monkey bikes.

It’s actually just a Honda Grom in disguise but that’s no bad thing and it’s learner friendly with a really low wet weight, economical engine and low seat height. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 9.3 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 776 mm
  • Wet Weight: 107 kg

How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the best retro bikes you can buy new and picked the top contenders, taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.

WHAT IS A RETRO MOTORBIKE?

What is a retro motorbike?

Most of the retro models you can buy today started life as a naked bike which has been modified to look more traditional, but without sacrificing all the modern tech and riding experience you would expect from a new bike.

They usually feature a single round headlight, simpler rounded clocks, stitched seats, more subtle colour schemes, rounded exhausts, loads of optional shiny bits and often wire spoked wheels or cast wheels designed to look a little bit like spokes from a distance.

Closely related are modern cafe racers which tend to start life as retro bikes but with the addition of low bars, a headlight fairing and pillion seat hump. They are bang on trend right now.

GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING

The period from the appearance of Space Invaders in 1978 through The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 is often known as the Golden Age of Arcade Games, note when 8-bit Arcade Video Games emerged to rule popular culture, coin-operated Video Arcades appeared in every shopping mall, and soon the Atari 2600 and its competitors popularized home video gaming by capitalizing on arcade ports.

Back then, the titans of the arcade were longtime Pinball manufacturing veterans such as Bally, Williams Electronics, and Gottlieb; Sega was known for making Arcade Games (including Vector Games) rather than consoles; and Nintendo‘s Mario had never stomped on a Goomba. Creativity reigned, and a single visionary designer could still see an entire game through from concept to finished product, unlike the enormous Hollywood-style teams needed for today’s high-end game franchises.note  Shoot Em Ups were especially popular, as outer space and stylized spacecraft were easy to render on the crude hardware of the day.

Your mileage may vary about considering this era as a true “golden age”, considering the fondness for games from later periods. Still, it was the first time video games hit the big time, and in terms of industry revenues, this period was one of the highest peaks the North American video game industry has ever reached to this day (and the highest overall when adjusted for inflation), so it qualifies to some extent. However, while the 1980s was the golden age for arcade games, some consider the 1990s to be the Golden Age for home video games (i.e. consoles and computers).


Games from the period included:

There were even some early licensed games, many of which actually didn’t suck:

DOUBLE DRAGON

Double Dragon Description

Double Dragon was produced by Taito in 1987.

Taito released 486 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Double Dragon was produced include Arkanoid – Revenge Of Doh, Dr. Toppel Tankentai, Flying Shark, Hishou Same, Kyuukyoku Tiger, Daikaiju No Gyakushu – Giant Monster Counterattack, Violent Shooting, Land Sea Air Squad, Great Gurianos, and Inspiration Baseball.

Martial Arts masters, Billy and Jimmy Lee AKA Hammer and Spike, must defeat the savage street gang known as the Black Warriors to rescue Billy’s girlfriend, Marian.

Double Dragon – KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.52 (12 votes)


Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, “Like” carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

Behind a clear front glass, the dedicated cabinet has a decorative cardboard frame surrounding the monitor that includes instructions for game play. The cardboard frame is usually two sided. There is the TAITO design on one side and the IDouble DragonI design on the other.PThe marquee and control panel art feature a drawing of a dragon and pictures of Spike and Hammer the good guys. The control panel includes their names.PMost cabinets used blue buttons for player one and red buttons for player two, but a middle release cabinet used yellow buttons for both players and used thicker bezel glass with white plastic protectors along its outer edges.PThe side art features the name TAITO at the top with a Yshaped pattern of lines in red, white, gray, and black. The first cabinets of Double Dragon had a different color combination for the side art. The black part of the side art was orange and the gray part was yellow. The cabinet features a lockable pullout drawer at the bottom that contains the power supply and gameboards.

Cabinet Style Weights and Measures

Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

BUG This only happens in two player mode. On the second level right before the end of level baddie comes out, if one player looses all his lives, the boss will not appear and you will NOT be able to continue the game.PCHEAT Use the elbow smash against any enemy and you should be able to defeat them without any problem.PCHEAT This cheat requires two players. At the end of level two the one with the lift, player one should get the green enemy in a full nelson from behind when he is nearly dead and therefore low on energy. When all the other enemies have been killed, the games countdown timer should stop and if player two picks up the whip, the green bad guy should be able to be whipped indefinately, provided that this is done carefully. Player twos score will continue to increase and after about 20 minutes his score should reach 99,950. After that, everytime player two hits an enemy or scores some points the player should receive an extra life.PTRICK Sometimes, enemies will come out wielding sticks of dynamite. if you let them throw it, walk backwards and they should walk right into the explosion One of the oldest Double Dragon tricks.

Conversion

Most standardvideo horizontal JAMMA games should work in this cabinet, with the possible addition of more buttons or different controllers. Also, the monitor in the original cabinet is rotatable so the cabinet can easily be converted to a vertical orientation. It takes about five minutes at the most to do this which makes it a very nice JAMMA cabinet to own

Game Introduction

Marion has been taken away by the Black or Shadow Warriors and is being held hostage. If the game is being played by two people, both players can fight enemies throughout the game, but they are also able to hurt each other. When both players finally reach the end of the game, there is a one-on-one fight between the two to see who wins the girl.

Game Play

Players advance through four stages. You start in a street, move into a factory, through a jungle/forest then end up in a castle. There are a variety of moves such as back-kicks, elbows, head-butts, uppercuts, knee-ing in the face and throws. You can steal weapons from enemies such as knives, clubs, whips and dynamite among others and use them against any of the enemies. You can also use oil drums, crates and big rocks to throw at your enemies. Not much else to do except walk along and beat the crap out of anyone in your way until you finish the game.

The third level is quite long, so unless you have played the game a lot you may not be able to complete this stage within the time limit, in which case you will lose a life. There are also instant die situations when you must jump over a bridge and holes.

The fourth level is very short. It only contains about six enemies!

The player can play either Billy blue, blonde, and blue eyes, player 1, or Jimmy red, brunette, and green eyes, player 2

    Enemies:

    • Williams – Generic punk. Not very strong but he wields a variety of weapons such as baseball bats, dynamite and daggers.
    • Lopar – He is a bit stronger than Williams and likes to throw away stuff like oil drums, rocks and boxes.
    • Lindas – Female punk who usually carries a whip. She’s very fragile and does not appear as often as the other enemies.
    • Bolo – The big guy. He’s very strong and likes to throw away people.
    • Abobo – The first boss, who bears a resemblance to Mr. T. He’s just like Bolo. A green version of Abobo appears in the end of Mission 3.
    • Jeff – The second boss. This guy looks just like your character and he is every bit as good. He can easily escape from your grasp.
    • Willy – The big boss. Armed with a machinegun and not afraid to use it.

    Miscellaneous

    LICENSOR TechnosPThe game was developed by Technos and then licensed to Taito for manufacture and distribution in America and Europe. Technos manufactured and distributed the game themselves in Japan.PIf you want to pause the game, simply leave the coin input high and the gameplay stops, but the music carries on. This is useful for getting screenshots or taking sound samples.

    VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Double Dragon Census

    There are 10,758 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 8,642 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 143,481 machines (6,327 unique titles).

    Very Common – There are 412 known instances of this machine owned by Double Dragon collectors who are active members. Of these, 150 of them are original dedicated machines, 29 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet, and 231 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

    For Sale – There are 13 active VAPS members with Double Dragon machines for sale. There are 13 active VAPS members with extra Double Dragon circuit boards for sale. 

    Wanted – Popular – There are 18 active VAPS members currently looking for Double Dragon. 

    This game ranks a 86 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

    This game ranks a 29 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often wanted, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

    Technical

    The game uses Yamaha YM2151 and 3012 ICs for generating sound. The main processors are two 6809s and one 6309.

    Trivia

    The second in a long line of walkalong beatemups that helped spawn a large number of other games in this genre over the next several years. Still, its not a bad game which is probably why it made such an impression on the market.PThe Kanji characters in the title screen are in order Sou Twin Setsu also pronounced Sai and Ryuu Dragon. ISouRyuuI is another title for this game.PThe original Japanese version by Technos Japan has a different storyline than the one used by Taito in the International version. The Japanese storyline is more developed and does not use the Spike and Hammer aliases. Here it isBLOCKQUOTEIn the year 19XX, half of the world was ravaged by a nuclear war and violence ruled the streets in America. One of the most violent gang in America was called the Black Warriors, who ruled the streets with no mercy. Yet two siblings named Billy and Jimmy, trained in the arts of the Sousetsuken and owners of the Sousetsuken Dojo, were brave enough to face the Black Warriors. They taught their Martial Arts to their city and people gave them the nickname, the Double Dragon. Among Billy and Jimmys pupils, there was a female instructor named Marian, who was also Billys lover. The Black Warriors waste no time to capture her and lure Billy to their hideout. Now, Billy must penetrate the Black Warriors to save his girlfriend and face agaisnt the boss of the Black Warriors, Willy, once and for all. Billy enlists the help of his twin brother Jimmy in order to save Marian.BLOCKQUOTEPMost of the home versions of the game used this storyline for their adaptions. The Sega Master System version uses a combination of both Taitos and Technos storylines the original Mark III version uses the original storyline.PAs a side note Most of the characters in IDouble DragonI were named after characters from the Bruce Lees film, Enter the Dragon.PThis arcade game was even seen momentarily in the 1993 movie Double Dragon which also happened to be based on the game. In that movie, Scott Wolf played Billy Lee and Mark Dacoscos played Jimmy Lee.

    Fixes

    The original buttons for this game were a selfenclosed design that failed regularly. Operators had to replace these buttons usually with the mini switch buttons making the original manufacturer buttons hard to find. The Ultimate Pushbuttons are good replacements and are available from httpwww.happcontrols.com 539200XX.

RETRO DECOR THOUGHTS

Here’s a quick top ten pointers for adding that retro feel to your home.

How to Decorate With Retro Finds 

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  • Take a peek at the most liked interiors on Instagram, and you will spot several pieces of retro décor. That is because classic items like teak consoles, vintage globes, and hanging chairs add charm and character to modern spaces. In fact, incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers.

  • But that does not mean one must spend a stack of cash to infuse a space with retro style. Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds from a local flea market will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget. 

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  • Midcentury Modern Daybed 

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  • A midcentury daybed reupholstered in orange tweed fabric anchors this tiny living room seen on Homepolish. A retro striped camping blanket adds to the sofa’s charming appeal. On the right is a burgundy leather armchair from the 1970s.

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  • Tips for Creating a Retro Entryway 

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  • Several entryway essentials make this tiny foyer by the designers at Studio McGee so appealing. The iron and leather bench is an industrial charmer. Both the analog clock and sports pendant are vintage reproductions with a distinct yesteryear vibe. The wicker basket is a midcentury-inspired accent that doubles as storage.

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  • Create a Retro Feature Wall 

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  • Interior stylist, Rikki Snyder transformed a boring wall into a retro feature thanks to a quirky collection of vintage globes and old school desks. The hanging chairs add a touch of whimsy to the overall look.

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  • Apartment Inspired by Midcentury Modern Design

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  • Midcentury modern design inspired this New York City bachelor pad by Labl Studio. The apartment also features a few industrial elements. 

  • The classic Chesterfield love seat gives the space an elegant twist. The modernist inspired console under the TV lends a Mad Men vibe. The retro “ice” sticker on the fridge brings a touch of whimsy. The Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill on the ceiling and the Atlas Floor Lamp by Adesso are both excellent examples of industrial-inspired lighting.

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  • Vintage Home Office Furniture 

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  • Vintage furniture is ideal for tiny spaces because homes used to be much smaller. In this 530 square foot Paris apartment by Marion Alberge, an old wood desk and a vintage bookcase are both retro pieces that make the most of modest floor space.

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  • Black and White Floor Tiles 

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  • A kitchen stuck in the 1970s gets a refresh by Holly Mathis Interiors. The result is a bright, white space brimming with enduring style. The checkered, black and white floor, which is reminiscent of vintage diners, gives the kitchen a pinch of retro flavor.

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  • Consider a Gossip Bench

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  • Nothing adds retro glamour to a space like a gossip bench. It was a nice to have when telephones were stationary objects. The one in this entryway by Havenly is a new piece of furniture by Jonathan Adler.

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  • Retro Record Player 

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  • This minty fresh living room by Dream Green DIY has many retro accents, but two things, in particular, grabbed our attention. Anchoring the space is a teak console. On top is a cute record player by Crosley.

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  • Charming Cottage Kitchen 

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  • This adorable cottage kitchen by Sarah Phipps Design packs a lot retro charm. The wood planks used to create the feature wall came from the home. The kitchen cabinets were picked up for cheap at a local thrift store. The pink, vintage-inspired fridge is by SMEG. The task light over the sink is the Starfire Radial Wave Reflector Gooseneck Light by Barn Light Electric.

WORMS

Gaming has long been fertile ground for comedy. Monkey Island, Portal, and Saints Row are all prime examples of virtual mirth. Through insult swordfighting, lying cakes, and vehicular singalongs, they fuel their puzzle or projectile based shenanigans with the carefully chosen witticisms of an unseen scribe. But gaming is also capable of another kind of humour, one which doesn’t involve a single stroke of the pen. I suppose it’s best referred to as emergent comedy; a mixture of physical comedy and improv where the human input is one step removed from the events that ultimately transpire.

In some ways emergent comedy is far more common in games than the scripted kind. Any game with a physics engine has the potential to become an accidental Keystone Cops sketch. We’ve all witnessed at least one instance whereupon a game NPC has got its foot trapped in the world geometry and started thrashing about like a toddler having a tantrum. 

Deliberate emergent comedy, on the other hand, is incredibly rare, and you only need to look at examples like Goat Simulator to see why. Part of the pleasure of emergent humour is that it surprises us. When Michael gets laid out by a speeding lorry in GTA 5, it’s funny because GTA 5 takes itself so seriously. But when a game sets up these scenarios on purpose, nodding and winking at its own glitches and pratfalls, the joke wears thin faster than a pair of Primark boxer shorts.

Laughter is an entirely human quirk, so if you ask a random number generator to deliver a punchline, you need to be prepared to wait a while. Normally. There’s one game that does deliberate emergent humour superbly, and it achieved this years before Havok physics landed on the scene in a big pile of limbs. Hell, it did this even before we’d nailed down “emergence” as a thing we like in games.

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That’s a lot of mines.

Is there much point in reiterating what Worms is? Even if you really have been living under a rock for twenty years, you’re probably quite familiar with worms anyway. Oh all right. It’s a 2D shooter in which players assume control of teams of anthropomorphic annelids on a randomly generated landscape, taking turns to obliterate each other with a comically comprehensive arsenal ranging from shotguns to exploding sheep. The first player to kill all the other team’s worms wins.

Like all great premises, Worms is incredibly simple, realised through an intoxicating blend of technology and style. Although it was a 2D game released in 1995, just as 3D games were emerging from the earth, Worms was pulling some pretty impressive tricks. Random level generation with destructible terrain, and physics simulation including gravity, momentum, wind speed and direction. It even sports some neat particle effects that I’d completely forgotten about

Team 17 overlaid these foundations with a daft, cartoonish aesthetic. The landscapes are all heavily themed and punctuated with bizarre objects. The worms themselves are bug-eyed, squeaky voiced and relentlessly cheerful as they’re blasted about the map. Even at the moment of their demise, they turn to camera and simply utter “Oh dear”, or “Bye-bye” before pushing the plunger on their ACME style TNT.

What results is an escalating tit-for-tat battle where surprises, screw-ups and chain-reactions abound. It’s reminiscent of a Laurel and Hardy quarrel, yet rather than taking turns to pour water over each other or punching holes in respective bowler hats, you’re exchanging bazooka fire across a gaping valley, or heading grenades over a giant snowman.

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I love the CG shorts that precede a match. It’s a shame the later games ditched them.

As with the best comedians, Worms has an impeccable sense of timing, adding in little details at the perfect moment. Half a second before a comically oversized stick of dynamite sends a cluster of worms cascading across the map, one might emit a loud squeak, registering its rapidly impending doom just as Wile-E-Coyote has to notice the gaping chasm he’s hovering over before the plunge begins. The same goes for the landmines dotted around the terrain, which act as deadly banana skins for the worms to slip on, often causing them to fall into the water at the base of the screen, or tumble off the edge of the map entirely, triggering a playful “Noooooo!” Worms is a sequence of practical jokes that sit and wait for the player to stumble into them. 

Indeed, let’s not forget the player’s input in this cataclysmic sketch-show. The funniest moments in Worms are the slow, tense build-ups that lead to a complete anticlimax. Your friend might spent ages lining up the perfect bazooka shot, gazing at the screen like an army general overlooking the field of battle through his binoculars. Then they hold the fire button, trying to judge the exact amount of power they need to angle their shell over a grinning pumpkin. “Watch this”, boasts their worm, setting up the punchline. They fire, and their expertly aimed shot goes careering straight off the screen like, well, a rocket. There’s a brief, awkward silence before the targeted worm sneers “Mi-issed!” just to rub it in.

20 years since its release, Worms remains an excellent multiplayer game. This is partly because it embodies many of the best aspects of boardgaming. Boardgames excel at delivering laughs through systems. Videogames often have you focussed only on what you’re doing. Even with fantastic multiplayer games like Mario Kart, it’s always your kart you’re watching, your immediate surroundings. With boardgames, you’re always thinking about what the other players are doing, watching their moves, planning, negotiating, arguing.

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Worms hasn’t aged as well as 2 and Armageddon, which have a much more timeless quality.

Worms takes this model of turns, actions and responses, and adapts it to a vertical screen. You can pass one controller between four players, and delight in your friends’ successes and failures as much as your own. Because of this I’ve probably enjoyed more shared fun with Worms over the years than with any other game. As a kid I played it with my brother at my grandmother’s house almost every Friday. As a student Worms Armageddon was the go-to game for my fiancée and I when we first moved in together. I played it just the other week with a friend and his girlfriend, and it was like riding a bicycle, a clown’s bicycle where the horn squirts water and the wheels fall off at the first sign of a muddy puddle.

I wish there were more games that don’t require a faster than light internet connection or a zillion controllers in order to have fun together. Not only because it’s a damn sight cheaper, but because you lose that intimacy, that sense of shared experience, when you’re separated by miles of fibre-optic cable, or staring at different corners of the screen. I shudder to think of the weeks and months I’ve spent ignoring the people I love because I’m reviewing another thousand-hour fantasy RPG. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those experiences too. But as I get older and see that I spent an entire fortnight wandering alone in Skyrim, that slippage of time weighs more and more on my mind.

Gaming offers abundant opportunities to be sworn at by a ten year old on the far side of the Internet, yet so few that you can hand over to a father or grandmother and see them instantly get it, or that you can play with a wife or boyfriend while sharing a blanket and a bottle of wine. Worms is such a game, and that makes it more than a daft bit of slapstick. That makes it special.

RETRO BEERS

There were more than 4,000 different brews available in the 60s, so we cannot list them all. This is a list of the most important ones.

Keg bitters on draught

  • Worthington ‘E’
  • Ind Coope Double Diamond
  • Whitbread Tankard
  • Watneys Red Barrel
  • Younger’s Tartan Bitter
  • Courage Tavern
  • Flowers Keg Bitter

Draught bitters

Some of these were not available for the whole of the period. I have added John Smith’s because of its popularity today. It was very much a regional beer in the 60s.

  • Bass Red Triangle
  • Worthington IPA
  • Ind Coope Bitter
  • Worthington IPA
  • Whitbread Bitter (60s)
  • Whitbread Trophy (70s)
  • Watneys Special
  • Younger’s Scotch Ale
  • Courage Bitter
  • Ansells Bitter
  • Mitchells and Butler’s Brew XI
  • John Smith’s (Tadcaster) Bitter

Retrowow reader Nathaneal remembers the TV adverts for Whitbread Trophy:

I have a strong memory of the advert on telly about “Whitbread, Big Head, Trophy Bitter, the pint that thinks its a quart. It’s got the body, the body, that satisfies – It can’t be modest, no matter how it tries!” Aye, those were the days, lad!

See UK television commercials 19551985 for the full text and some other classic adverts from the 50s to the 80s.

Draught milds

Most breweries in the 50s and 60s offered a mild. There were offerings from Green King, Greenall & Whitley, Charrington, Watneys, Whitbread, Courage, John Smith’s, Ind Coope and Ansells amongst many others. One particular favourite for Midlands’ drinkers was Mitchells and Butlers (M & B) Mild.

Whitbread Pale Ale, what other luxury could you buy for 8p in 1971?

Best pale ales (bottled)

Bottled best pale ales were growing in popularity in the 50s. To a certain extent this growth was brought to an end when keg bitter was introduced. It offered similar characteristics for a cheaper price.

  • Bass Red Triangle
  • Ind Coope Double Diamond
  • Worthington White Shield IPA
  • Charrington Toby Ale
  • Younger’s No. 3 Scotch Ale
  • Watneys Red Barrel (Export)
  • Whitbread Pale Ale
  • Whitbread (Flowers) Brewmaster
  • Vaux Double Maxim

Brown ales

  • Ansells Nut Brown
  • Fremlins Double Elephant Brown Ale
  • Greene King Burton Ale
  • Whitbread Forest Brown

Light ales

  • Charrington/Hammonds Prize Medal
  • Fremlins Elephant Light Ale
  • Younger’s Pale Ale
  • Ushers India Pale Ale
  • Whitbread Light Ale

Stouts

  • Guinness
  • Mackeson (Whitbread)
  • Watneys Cream Label

Strong ales

Often sold in nip bottles (one third of a pint), strong ales were gaining a following in the late sixties and early seventies. These are some favourites from the past.

  • Whitbread Gold Label
  • John Smith’s Magnet Old Ale
  • Younger’s King of Ales
  • Daniel Thwaites Old Dan
  • Watneys Stingo
  • Ind Coope Arctic Ale

Thanks to Mr L Prior for Ind Coope Arctic Ale: 

It was a rival to Gold Label and very similar. I just thought I might mention it. Ind Coope vanished like a lot of our famous breweries. My family used to work for them in Burton on Trent back before World War II. They took over Benskins in Watford in the 60s and I lived there and saw the demise of Benskins. I’m told the old Benskins best bitter recipe lives on in a micro brewery in Devon and it’s known as Vale Best Bitter.Mr L. Prior

Lagers

Lager gained in popularity throughout the 60s, but did not challenge draught bitter until the 70s. These are some of the lagers available in Britain in the 60s.

  • Carling Black Label
  • Heineken
  • Carlsberg
  • Skol
  • Harp Irish Lager
  • Tennent’s Lager (canned)
  • Tuborg Green Label Pilsner

By the seventies you could also get

  • Carlsberg Special Brew
  • Stella Artois
  • Carlsberg ’68
  • Holsten Pilsner
  • Beck’s Bier

The popularity of these latter brews increased substantially in the 80s and in some cases the 90s.


Can you buy it today?

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As far as any of the more popular 60s keg’s are concerned, the answer is no. 

Bottled beer

A good number of the most popular bottled pale ales are still available. Worthington White Shield IPA is available, as is Bass Red Triangle. I have also read that you can buy Double Diamond at Morrisons (although I have yet to find it!).

The one great discovery for me doing this research was Whitbread Gold Label Barley Wine. It is a strong beer sold in small cans (the cans were introduced in 1975). It has quite a sweet taste and is very pleasant – perfect for a night cap.  Whitbread Gold Label Barley Wine is available in Sainsburys, Waitrose, Morrisons and some local Co-ops.

Lager

Most of the popular brands from the 60s and 70s are still available in the supermarkets. I have seen Skol, Carlsberg, Carling (without the Black Label) and Harp.

Mild

Mild has continued to decline in popularity and there are few available now. Whitbread still do canned draught mild and you can also get Sainsbury’s own brand.

DUNLOP GREENFLASH

Get ahead with MANPEDIA’s tip for a summer kick. The legendary Dunlop Greenflash. Retro personified

The retro style Dunlop Green Flash Trainers from the 1980’s. Made with a canvas upper and rubber toe panel, they are comfortable and fashionable. They feature a thick mid sole and are finished with Dunlop branding.

  • Men’s trainers
  • Canvas upper
  • Lace fastening
  • Rubber toe panel
  • Metal lace eyelets
  • Padded tongue
  • Thick mid sole
  • Textured sole
  • Dunlop branding
  • Upper: Textile, Inner: Textile, Sole: Textile

RETRO TOPS FOR SUMMER

What do you think of when you hear the word “retro”? Flares? Dodgy wallpaper? Betamax?

Admittedly, none of the above are particularly fashionable, but while bygone decades have produced some very uncool things, they’ve also churned out some of the finest fashion ever to grace God’s green Earth.

Living in the past may not be healthy. Embracing it in retro T-shirt form, however, is a solid style move whether you’re part of the nineties fashion revival, like the tie-dye trend or just never grew out of your favourite Nasa tee. So, stop looking to the future for your sartorial inspiration and get digging through the archives instead.

From vintage football shirts to band tees from rock-n-roll royalty, these are the retro T-shirts you should be filling your wardrobe with right now.

Retro Sportswear

You don’t have to be a Royal Tenenbaum to rock a bit of retro sportswear, but before you go reaching for the full tracksuit and headband you’d be well advised to take a quick look at what’s available in the T-shirt department instead. Sports brands are responsible for some of the biggest hitters when it comes to classic retro tees, with many iconic styles going unchanged for generations.

To nail the look, team one up with a pair of chino shorts in the summer, or slim-fit jeans in the winter and tie it together with another dose of throwback sportswear action in the shape of some stripped-back, retro running shoes.

The best retro sports tees for men

Band Tees

What better way to score some retro style points than by decking your torso out in images of your favourite throwback bands and musicians? The band tee is one of those rare items you wore as a greasy-haired teenager that is still worthy of a place in your wardrobe today.

Although hopefully you’ve since switched the oversized Limp Bizkit T-shirt out for something a little less… well, we’ll let you choose the last word of that sentence.

As a rock-music staple, black is the default colour of choice here, and for best results, should be worn with dark, slim-fit denim, black boots and a leather jacket. The only other rule is you can’t wear a band you’ve never listened to – a style commandment ignored by thousands of students who definitely weren’t into the Ramones circa 2009.

The best band tees for men

Geek T-Shirts

The older we get, the more it’s obvious that geeks have inherited the world. And what could be cooler than knowing what you like, being thoroughly passionate about it and wearing your heart on your sleeve? Even if what you like does happen to be side-scrolling 1980s video games, vintage computer hardware and reruns of Star Trek: Voyager.

Embrace your inner nerd with a retro T-shirt fit for a young Bill Gates. Plus, you’re not at school any more, so your chances of getting wedgied for wearing a Nintendo 64 top have significantly reduced.

The best geek t-shirts for men

Retro Football Shirts

Football and fashion have always enjoyed a close relationship – from the label-conscious lads lining the terraces of the 1980s to the inside of Hector Bellerin’s walk-in wardrobe.

Then there are the jerseys. The beautiful game has produced some beautiful kits over the years, and you don’t need to be an overpaid Premier League left-back to wear them.

A retro football tee makes for excellent festival fodder, so why not go full Madchester and pair one with shorts, a bucket hat and your favourite sneakers – bonus points if they’re Adidas Sambas.

The best retro football shirts men

Skate & Surf Tees

It’s no exaggeration to suggest that had it not been for surfing and skateboarding culture, streetwear as we know it today may never have existed.

Boardsports brands are responsible for some of the most iconic motifs and images in fashion, from the iconic Thrasher Magazine font through to Shawn Stussy’s world-famous script logo.

The good news is you don’t have to dress like a teenager in order to pull these styles off any more. The absorption of streetwear into mainstream fashion means that teaming a retro surf or skate-inspired T-shirt with anything from a smart overcoat and cropped trousers to jeans and a flannel shirt is fair game. There’s no excuse for not getting involved.

The best skate and surf tees

Tie-dye T-Shirts

Thanks in no small part to Justin Bieber and the confusing rise of the scumbro, tie-dye is, almost unbelievably, a “thing” again. These days, you’re just as likely to spot stars of screen and social media in this garish, headache-inducing design as you are the ageing hippy who runs your local health-food shop.

It’s not for the faint of heart, mind you. Pulling this sort of style off requires balls of steel and some suitable garments to match. For example, you’re never going to be able to make a tie-dye T-shirt work paired with dress trousers and a set of brogues. Instead, go for colourful versions of laid-back staples. Think block-colour joggers or acid-wash jeans, bold dad sneakers and accessories like baseball caps and beanies. Because if you’re going to get this right, you’ll have to go the whole nine yards.

Eighties & Nineties Tees

This world-changing 20-year period brought us everything from MTV to Tamagotchis, gaming consoles to the actual internet.

It may be over but for better or worse, its essence lingers on in the world of fashion, which means menswear’s current obsession with anything that could’ve come from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s wardrobe department is only just getting started.

Purchasing an eighties- or nineties-inspired tee is a safe way to dip your toes in the trend and give it a go, without going all out and channelling the spirit of Mr Motivator. To really nail it, look out for bold, colourful prints, throwback pop-culture references and baggy cuts.

Retro t-shirts from the 80s and 90s

TOP 25 ARCADE GAMES OF ALL TIME

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The best arcade games of all time usually have the same qualities. They’re simple, clever, difficult, and insanely addictive. In the 80’s and 90’s, they kept us glued to the screen, popping in quarters one after another in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy or obtain the high score. But, it wasn’t easy. These games were incredibly frustrating and that only intensified our desire to win. So, out of all the arcade games, which ones did we keep coming back to? Get ready to press start because here are the 25 Best Arcade Games Of All Time.

25: Defender

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This classic released in 1981 by Williams Electronics, Inc. was considered a flop even though it was incredibly popular. In the game, you’re defending the human population from a swarm of aliens. It’s noted for its considerable difficulty, making it rather addictive.

 24: Dig Dug

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This game released in 1982 by Atari had the player digging through the ground and destroying their enemies with an air pump or by dropping rocks on them.

23: Mercs

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This military action game by Capcom was released in 1990 and had one to three soldiers fighting their way through rough terrain to rescue the President of the United States. You could easily use up your cup full of quarters playing this action packed game.

22: Cruis’n’ World

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A 1996 racing game by Midway Games, it included up to four seats, letting you race against other players or just the computer. The number of cars, locations, and gameplay combined made this a top attraction at many arcades at the time.

21: Primal Rage

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This Mortal Kombat-esque arcade game saw dinosaurs fight each other in a brutal and bloody battle to the death. With fun graphics, a variety of moves, and a fun premise, this game released by Atari was a blast to play with friends.

 

20: Terminator 2 Rage

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Released by Midway in 1991, the controller looked like a machine gun. If you were a kid in the 90’s, you likely saw this arcade machine everywhere. Trying to kill all the terminators proved difficult but was still a lot of fun.

19: Golden Axe

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18: Area 51

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This 1995 Atari shooter with two handguns as controllers has a fairly simple premise – kill the aliens. Still, this simple game proved highly addictive.

17: Joust

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This platformer classic from Williams Electronics had players take control of a knight riding on an ostrich as they jousted against their enemies or other players. While one-player was fun, the two-player combat was much better.

 

16: Time Crisis

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Similar to Area 51, this addictive shooter had a unique feature of stepping out from behind walls by pressing on a pedal. If you needed to reload, you had to hide behind the wall again. The added intensity of the game made it pretty much impossible to stop playing. It produced several sequels due to enormous popularity.

15: Pong

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14: Dance Dance Revolution

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On its release, this game became a massive sensation, reimagining what arcade video games can look like and how they can be played. It’s also a really great workout if you play it for a long time.

13: Street Fighter 2

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When it came to arcade fighters, few could compete with this action-packed game from Capcom. With a number of great characters, cool locations, and the infamous “hadouken” move, this game revolutionized video games in the 90’s.

12: Space Invaders

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This 1978 Midway classic had players shooting as many aliens as possible before they reached the bottom and destroyed you. It wasn’t always easy, but it was certainly fun.

11: Metal Slug

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Full of explosions and destruction, this beautiful World War II military action-adventure from SNK has you trying to defeat the evil General Morden. Using tanks, bombs, and high-powered machine guns, you’ll fight your way through several locations before taking on a giant soldier at the end.

10: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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This arcade game from Konami, which was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, allowed four players to fight against the foot clan, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Shredder in an attempt to save April O’Neil. From the catchy music to the addictive fight scenes, this is certainly one of the best TMNT games of all time.

9: Tekken

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This 3-D fighter game released in 1994 by Namco is similar to Street Fighter but stands apart for its fluid movements and fighting components with the ability to create unique combos. It also grew to include many sequels, improving on the original.

8: Donkey Kong

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This hallowed arcade game is considered one of the most difficult of all time, with a long-standing tradition of players trying to achieve the highest score. As of 2018, the highest score of all time was achieved by Robbie Lakeman with 1,247,700.

7: The Simpsons

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A 90’s arcade wasn’t complete without The Simpsons machine. Released by Konami in 1991, four players can taken on the role of Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa Simpson with the goal of saving Maggie and recovering the diamond.

6: Sunset Riders

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This game from Konami was a cowboy, side-scrolling, shoot’m up game, allowing four players to take on saloon bosses, ride after trains, and avoid stampeding cattle while hunting down high-paying bounties.

5: X-Men

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This massive machine allowed up to 6 players to take on the role of Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Beast, Nightcrawler, Colossus, or Dazzler. If you loved the 90’s X-Men cartoon, then you likely loved playing this game even when the difficulty level became nigh-impossible as you went along.

4: Pac-Man

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It’s hard to play a more classic, fun, and addictive game than Pac-man. The concept is easy – eat as many dots as possible before a ghost catches you, but as the game progresses, you’ll find avoiding the ghosts an increasingly difficult task.

3: Galaga

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A Namco classic, whenever you think “arcade,” it’s likely this game that immediately comes to mind. Playing a spaceship, you fight countless aliens as they create various formations and fly at you. All you have to do is move left and right and fire, but it’s not as easy at it sounds.

2: Smash TV

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Playing a contestant on a reality TV show, you tried to get rewards, cash, and keys all while fighting off hordes of enemies. This fast paced and difficult game was also notable for its bloody deaths.

1: Dragon’s Lair

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As far as arcade games go, this is the holy grail. The game was known for using a laser disc and contained animation from former Disney animator, Don Bluth. In it, you play Dirk the Daring on your quest to save Princess Daphne from Singe the Dragon. You don’t control Dirk, but are faced with options and have to make the right decisions to survive.