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221 B Baker St.

221 B Baker St.

Apple II - Released - 1986

Based on the board game of the same name, 221 B Baker St. pits up to four players against each other in a race to solve mysteries set in Victorian London. After picking a character (Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Irene Adler, or Inspector Lestrade), players select one of the thirty available mysteries and read its case file in the game's manual. The case file presents the particulars of the case, mentions the people involved, and explains what the players need to deduce to win the game. Solving the mysteries entails moving around London (the game board) via a roll of the dice, entering...

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Bruce Lee is a platform/beat 'em up hybrid, in which the player controls Bruce Lee. The plot involves the eponymous martial artist advancing from chamber to chamber in a wizard's tower, seeking to claim infinite wealth and the secret of immortality. There are twenty chambers, each represented by a single screen with platforms and ladders. To progress, the player must collect a number of lanterns suspended from various points in the chamber. Most chambers are guarded by two mobile enemies; The Ninja, who attacks with a "bokken stick"[5] and The Green Yamo, a large unarmed warrior, visually...

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Bruce Lee is a video game designed by Ron J. Fortier, with graphics by Kelly Day and music by John A. Fitzpatrick. It was originally developed in 1983 for the Atari 8-bit and published in 1984 for the Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 by Datasoft Inc and for the BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC & ZX Spectrum by U.S. Gold. The BBC port was done by Micro Power. The aim is to reach a wizard in an underground lair, defeat of whom can offer untold wealth. In each area you must collect the many strategically-placed lanterns before exiting through the newly-revealed passageway. Some rooms also have...

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1984

Amstrad conversion by Timedata. The late martial arts hero features in this platform game, with the aim of reaching a wizard in an underground lair, defeat of whom can offer him untold wealth. In each area you must collect the many strategically-placed lanterns before exiting through the newly-revealed passageway. Some rooms also have escalator-type sections to run along, and the standard (although slightly illogical in this context) ladders. There are 20 areas to be completed. On the way, you'll fight two enemies - a ninja and a green sumo warrior named Yamo. You can defeat them by...

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Microsoft MSX - 1985

The late martial arts hero features in this platform game, with the aim of reaching a wizard in an underground lair, defeat of whom can offer him untold wealth. In each area you must collect the many strategically-placed lanterns before exiting through the newly-revealed passageway. Some rooms also have escalator-type sections to run along, and the standard (although slightly illogical in this context) ladders. On the way, you'll fight two enemies - a ninja and a green sumo warrior named Yamo. You can defeat them by punching, kicking, dropping on their heads or luring them into...

Clowns and Balloons

Clowns and Balloons

Atari 5200

Clowns & Balloons is a clone of the 1978 Bally/Midway arcade game CLOWNS, which itself was a clone of the 1977 Exidy arcade game CIRCUS. Your mission is to bounce your clown off of a moving trampoline and try to burst all of the balloons. The longer you keep him jumping, the higher (and faster) he will go, which you need to do in order to burst the highest balloons. You get bonus points for completing each row of balloons as well.

Dallas Quest, The

Dallas Quest, The

Apple II - August 5, 1984

The Dallas Quest is an adventure programmed by Steve Bjork, James Garon and others, and published by Datasoft for the Tandy Color Computer, Commodore 64 computer in 1984. It is based on the television series Dallas. There was also a version for the Apple IIe and Atari 8-bit home computers as well as the TRS-80 Color Computer. In the game, you are a famous detective who has been summoned to South Fork for a secret meeting with Sue Ellen. She has called you here to offer you a proposition. Sue Ellen is in possession of a letter from Jock Ewing written to Miss Ellie, describing an extremely...

Dark Lord

Dark Lord

Apple II - August 7, 1987

Journey through a magic mirror, which leads you to the alterworld where you must defeat Nequam, the Dark Lord who killed your grandfather. Dark Lord is an adventure game that involves the player reading a description of each scene, and entering one- or two-word commands at the prompt. Some of the commands recognized include GET, EXAMINE, GIVE, and SAY (to have conversations with people you meet).

The Goonies

The Goonies

Amstrad CPC - January 1, 1986

The Goonies is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in which a motley crew of suburban kids in Astoria, Oregon, must save their homes from being foreclosed upon and find their salvation in a treasure map leading to an old pirate ship in a cavern. However, they must maneuver around an eccentric family of Italian criminals -- the Fratellis -- on the lam, who are also on the trail of the treasure. The game is divided into a series of eight screens based on scenes from the film, each of which contains puzzles that must be solved by coordinating the activities of two of the kids...

The Goonies

The Goonies

Apple II - Released - 1985

The Goonies is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in which a motley crew of suburban kids in Astoria, Oregon, must save their homes from being foreclosed upon and find their salvation in a treasure map leading to an old pirate ship in a cavern. However, they must maneuver around an eccentric family of Italian criminals -- the Fratellis -- on the lam, who are also on the trail of the treasure. The game is divided into a series of eight screens based on scenes from the film, each of which contains puzzles that must be solved by coordinating the activities of two of the kids...

Gunslinger

Gunslinger

Atari 800 - Released - 1987

A text and graphics adventure which was available on Apple II, Atari 8bit, Commodore 64, and ZX Spectrum. You are Kip Starr, former Texas Ranger. You've been peacefully travelling the west since your lawman days, but your past has finally caught up with you! Your old Ranger pal, James Badland, a hotheaded young fellow, is in trouble. He's in jail in Tijuana and due for hanging in two days. On top of that, the Dalton brothers, all six of them, are out of jail and gunning for you.

Gunslinger

Gunslinger

Apple II - 1986

Gunslinger is set in the old wild west as you take the role of Kip Starr, a retired Texas Ranger and you have to rescue your friend from being hanged by the Mexicans. You start your adventure stranded in the desert and you explore the surrounding areas which will see you having to face Indians, cross wastelands, explore mineshafts and ghostowns, and have a shoot out with the Dalton Brothers. The game is a graphics text adventure where you see text describing your locations with a picture. You can either use the keyboard to type in commands to interact with your surroundings or use the...

Tomahawk

Tomahawk

Apple IIGS - September 18, 1988

Tomahawk, was already a helicopter-based game from DataSoft in the form of an 8-bit version for the Apple IIe and IIc. Tomahawk for the IIGS plays more like a flight simulator compared to its 8-bit bit cousin and is in fact the only flight sim ever released for the IIGS platform. The game is played with both the mouse and keyboard or joystick. Being a flight sim, it's best to have a joystick, because of its analogue input and if you can support an analogue joystick, please use it. If you have any troubles with the game first booting, like the disk ejects, try getting to the Applesoft BASIC...

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