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Barmy Burgers

Barmy Burgers

Dragon 32/64 - Released - 1984

Burger Time clearly influenced this manic arcade action game, in which your task is to make burgers, by collecting the 4 core components in sequence. Chasing you as you do this are two sausages and eggs, contact with which costing you a life. You are armed with a pepper spray, which paralyzes them for a few seconds, but this is limited to five uses per level. When you touch the burger pieces, they drop, and can be used as weapons to stop the pursuing foods. The arrangement of platforms features many ladders, which you must use to chase and dodge the respective ingredients.

The Bells

The Bells

Dragon 32/64 - Released - 1984

Written by Drew Marshall, this is a fairly close copy of Ocean/Century's arcade platformer, Hunchback. Your goal is to traverse each screen filled with perils, so that you may reach the bell that is placed on the right side. Your bell-ringer has two different jumps. One is for jumping up in the air, so that you can avoid projectiles, and the other one is a long jump for bridging gaps. Each screen must be crossed within a short amount of time, or Quasimodo will be struck by lightning.

The Bells

The Bells

Amstrad CPC - 1986

This is a fairly close copy of Ocean/Century's arcade platformer, Hunchback. Your goal is to traverse each screen filled with perils, so that you may reach the bell that is placed on the right side. The first screen contains only a ball or bullet that crosses the screen, which you must jump over. Jumping straight into the bell rope will kill you, however. The next screen has gaps which you must jump across, with the right distance in mind. After that comes a similar screen, only the pits are filled with pikemen who lower and raise their pikes. Timing is necessary in order not to be impaled as...

Boris The Bold

Boris The Bold

Dragon 32/64 - 1984

A colourful arcade game, Boris the Bold has you guiding the face-with-legs called Boris around a series of platform levels. There is a moving gap in each floor for Boris to fall through, so that he can reach the exit at the bottom of the screen. Boris must walk to the hole or wait until it reaches him, but waiting can be dangerous, since there is a bouncing ball hunting him. As if the ball wasn't enough, there are additional nasties patrolling certain floors back and forth, and batteries which will fire at Boris if he remains in the same place for too long. Boris has no offensive measures,...

Boulder Crash

Dragon 32/64 - 1985

Boulder Clash is a clone of the ever-popular Boulder Dash.Like in its role model, you are a miner-type person digging your way around tile by tile in some kind of underground complex filled with boulders and crystals. You must collect a set number of crystals to clear a level. The level wraps around at the borders, so it's easy to get lost. As you dig through the earth, you must watch out when you pass below boulders, since these can drop down at you. If there is a mass of boulders, you can start a rockslide which can very well kill you. On the other hand, these rock slides are often a...

Casey Jones

Casey Jones

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Casey Jones is a Moon Patrol variant where the buggy from the arcade game has been replaced by a steam engine. It's no ordinary old locomotive though since it can both jump and shoot missiles. Like the game it is based on it is a side scrolling game where the player's vehicle is constantly moving forward and the task is to jump past craters while shooting the enemies that drop projectiles and the rocks that block the road. When shooting, missiles are launched in two directions, one goes forward while the other goes straight upwards. Making contact with a crater, a rock or a projectile leads to...

Caverns of Chaos

Caverns of Chaos

Dragon 32/64 - Released - 1984

Deep underground on the planet Sagon are the Caverns of Chaos. Playing as the explorer Starman Jones you set out on a mission to negotiate the vast labyrinth, collecting keys from each cave to open the secret door to the next cavern. Many pitfalls will impede your progress such as one-way conveyors and bouncing platforms.

Copta Snatch

Copta Snatch

Dragon 32/64 - 1984

Copta Snatch plays much like Konami's Super Cobra, only the helicopter you're controlling actually works a little more like a real helicopter. No more forced scrolling; here you can hover above a target or strafe back and forth above the landscape. Hovering lets you drop bombs, otherwise you fire forwards in the direction you're travelling. The landscape is littered with missile silos and anti-aircraft guns which fire at you at the slightest chance. You also have to keep an eye on your fuel level – when you're running out, you must find a refueling pad to land on. These pads also serve as...

Desperado Dan and His Amazing Escape to Freedom

Dragon 32/64 - 1984

Desperado Dan must escape to freedom, being trapped in a set of green-screen platform levels. Each screen is guarded not only by guards, but also by a cannon which fires a single bouncing ball to be avoided. Dan must jump across all the obstacles, but luckily, he can leap very far. Another obstacle are the animated doors which open and close. As you progress through the game, the motifs change. Dan must mount a jet-ski and jump over whales and octopuses, but the controls and mechanisms remain basically the same, although the screens become even more crowded and faster.

Laser Run

Dragon 32/64 - 1983

Laser Run owes its entire gameplay to the sequence of the Star Wars arcade game where you fly through a trench on the Death Star with the ultimate goal of shooting into a vent leading to the main reactor of the weapon. In fact, this blatant copy even plays the theme from Star Wars on the title screen. Since there is not much point in steering your ship while it runs down a straight trench, you instead control the crosshairs of your gun so that you can shoot down the TIE fighters that come flying in your opposite direction. The first fighter waves leave you alone, but soon they start to fire...

Perilous Pit

Perilous Pit

Dragon 32/64 - Released - 1984

You play as Boris the Miner and must fill your rail truck with diamonds. Each screen contains three diamonds which must be collected and placed in the moving truck before it reaches the right of the screen in order to progress to the next screen. Failure to do so results in the loss of a life. The moving platform can aid you, but you must contend with the evil Orbis and it's friends.

Raiders

Dragon 32/64 - Released - 1982

In this text adventure, you play the friend of a professor who has gone missing on some kind of archaeological survey. Your task is to find the professor, or at least to find out of his fate. On your adventure, you will ride the taxi a lot (and must find a way to pay the driver), travel by airplane and visit a remote, mysterious island. The command interpreter is of a rather simple verb-noun mould, with some peculiarities such as SAYing your wishes to the taxi driver.

Trun

Dragon 32/64 - 1986

Trun is a series of small games made famous by the movie Tron: -Cycles is a ”light cycles” game where you draw a line and must trap the opponent inside that line, without colliding with his line. - Cone puts you in a cramped space where you must shoot moving blocks so that you can advance until you reach the cone at the top of the screen. If you don't advance, you will be hit in the back by an advancing bar, and if you don't shoot the blocks, you will be hit by those instead. - Tanks presents a top-down view of a maze, where you must guide your tank and shoot the opposing tanks. -...

Wreckless Roger

Wreckless Roger

Amstrad CPC - 1984

Wreckless Roger is a side-view flick screen shooter where you play the role of Roger who, after landing on an inhospitable planet, has discovered his spacecraft, the Millenium Sparrow, has been dismembered. The pieces of the craft have been scattered all over a cavern and so you must fly Roger around the cavern using his jet-pack, and armed with his laser to blast all the aliens in his search for the pieces. The cavern is made up of a teleport maze and to move from screen to screen, you must destroy all the aliens so that arrows appear in the side of the screen, showing where you can move...

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