Friday, July 8, 2016

Retro Mayhem: Mail Order Monsters for the C64

As a kid of the 80s, one of my favorite computer games on the Commodore 64 was Mail Order Monsters. In the game, you'd pick a template for a vat-grown creature--say a T-rex, giant spider, or lion/bear creature--outfit it with weapons, and send it into gladiatorial combat to win fortune and glory.

It has--at the very least--strong thematic ties to Gamma World, if not more specifically, Gammaruaders.

Your winnings would allow you to buy upgrades so you could be more effective in battle and (hopefully) ascend to become champion.

What really sold my young brain on the concept though, was the manual. It had this awesome box art which included photographed (!) prop weapons. The marketing and packaging around the whole game was genius--they wanted you to feel like this was the real deal.

You can imagine how this would effect on an impressionable young lad, such as myself:

Monsters fighting monsters? Cool. Slick futuristic weapons? WAIT--THIS IS REAL? Sold.
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Yeah, and a scuba tank. But...whaddya gonna' do?

Now I just need to track me down a copy of the manual so I can stat these up!


  1. "Greetings shrewd customer!"

    The endless fights against Sluggo.

    Good times. Thanks for the memories. :)

  2. I loved this game! My friends and I spent many hours blasting each other with it.

  3. Oh I played this one quite a bit way back then. The Lyonbear has made several appearances in my games over the years. I need to go digging and see if I still have it in a box somewhere.

  4. It's great to see I wasn't the only one ga-ga over this one. Thanks all!