My Friday Favourite this week is Antstream – Streaming Retro Games.
What is it?
Antstream is a streaming retro games simulator.
How can it help me?
I’m a child of the 1980s. I grew up in the home computer revolution and played games on computers such as the Atari 800XL and the Spectrum ZX81. I can still remember my first computer and it was an Atari 600XL — a whopping 16K of memory! What was your first computer? (leave a comment below!).
To this day, I love retro games. I’m a huge supporter of the Retro Computer Museum in Leicestershire. I also have my own retro museum housed in an outbuilding by my house.
But playing those old games doesn’t mean you need to own those old computers. Nor does it mean you have to mess around with fiddly emulator software.
Thanks to Antstream.
Antstream is a retro games stream service. You select the game you want to play, and off you go — it streams to your smartphone, console, PC or tablet!
You can play cross-platform. Devices currently supported include PC, Mac, Android and Xbox One.
The Antstream streaming library is fairly big, with 700+ games, and is growing every week. Each title is officially licensed and plays as you remember it.
Some of my favourite games on Antstream right now include:-
- Double Dragon
- California Games
- Horace Goes Skiing
- Sensible World of Soccer
- Speedball 2 – Brutal Deluxe
You can use controllers, keyboard or touchscreen to play games. The controls for every game have been specifically modified for the device you’re using.
Antstream have also added challenges and leaderboards for games, so you can compete against your friends.
I’ve been using Antstream for a couple of months now and I have been blown away by the quality. There’s no jittering, no emulation issues – you just play the games. It’s great fun!
How much does it cost?
Antstream costs £7.99 per month.
How can I get it?
Visit the Antsream website to create an account and sign-up.