Review: Hewson's Hints & Tips For Videogaming Pioneers - The Album

Like many fans of ZX Spectrum gaming, Hewson were one of my favourite software houses back in the Eighties, producing classic after classic such as Cybernoid, Dragontorc, Avalon, Stormlord, Exolon, Uridium, Quazatron, Marauder, Ranarama - the list just goes on and on!

Hints & Tips for Videogaming Pioneers is an excellent book from Andrew Hewson, the man behind Hewson Consultants, and charts the rise and fall of one of the finest 8-bit publishers. I recently got my hands on a copy of this companion music album that highlights some of the choicest cuts from Hewson games, remixed by the legendary artists behind such hits.

Kicking off with the suitably medieval and bucolic Firelord - Orchestral Mix, this is an album that will delight any fan of game music and mixes a fascinating contrast of styles. From sturdy sci-fi influenced themes such as Jeroen Tel's Eliminator and Cybernoid 2 to Steve Turner's guitar-enhanced reimaginings of Avalon and Ranarama, each of the 11 tracks is catchy and enjoyable even if you are not familiar with the original game.

My personal highlight is Matt Gray's theme to Deliverance: Stormlord 2, but that's not to put down the rest of this great set of tunes - they're all awesome!

Hints & Tips for Videogaming Pioneers The Album is available from the Hewson website. What are you waiting for? Go get!