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Dredging the internet archives 1996-2001 – Websites then and now

Tango

Posted by monkeon on April 1, 2010

This is a rarity: A site which used to be brilliant but is now awful.

Nowadays, Tango market their site at students acting like dicks.  But they used to aim it at geeks like me.  And not only that, geeks with exactly the same taste in retro games as me.

Yes, in 1990  Tango used to base their site around a shameless rip off* of Jet Set Willy – the greatest game of all time.

Spot the difference

The game itself is sadly not archived, but here’s a few screen shots.

*There’s a chance Jet Set Willy’s Matthew Smith got royalties, but knowing what marketing companies are like, I doubt it.

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3 Responses to “Tango”

  1. looeee said

    I remember being rather impressed by this site back in the day. oh the shame

  2. James said

    I remember one early incarnation of Tango’s website; It had a bunch of quite convincing pranky-type activities that you could interact with, like choosing a message to flash up on the illuminated billboard at Picadilly Circus (you could pick from phrases such as ‘Tourists Go Home’ and something about pigeons being evil). You’d select the message, then get a ‘Please Wait’ alert, then a few seconds later they’d show a ‘live stream’ of your message on the sign (i.e. a crappy-looking mock-up).

    Another part of the site let you edit a database of Tango employees’ wages.

  3. dan said

    This just brought back an old memory. Tango.com was the first website I ever went to. I typed it in off a can.

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