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10th Frame

10th Frame

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

10th Frame is a ten-pin bowling simulation game created by Access Software in 1986, as a follow-up to the hugely successful Leaderboard golf game. Up to eight players could take part in open bowling or a tournament. There was a choice of 3 different difficulty levels—Kids (in which the ball always went straight), Amateur, and Professional. Gameplay --------------- The lane was viewed from behind the bowler, with the pins towards the top of the screen in a 3D perspective. The scorecard for the current player was displayed above the lane. The player could move left or right on the lane...

10th Frame

10th Frame

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

10th Frame is a ten-pin bowling simulation game created by Access Software in 1986, as a follow-up to the hugely successful Leaderboard golf game. Up to eight players could take part in open bowling or a tournament. There was a choice of 3 different difficulty levels—Kids (in which the ball always went straight), Amateur, and Professional. The scorecard for the current player was displayed above the lane. The player could move left or right on the lane before starting the run-up by holding fire. A target cursor could also be moved, by pushing up and then moving it left or right (pressing...

10th Frame

10th Frame

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1987

10th Frame is a ten-pin bowling simulation game created by Access Software in 1986, as a follow-up to the hugely successful Leaderboard golf game. Up to eight players could take part in open bowling or a tournament. There was a choice of 3 different difficulty levels—Kids (in which the ball always went straight), Amateur, and Professional.

10th Frame

10th Frame

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1987

Get out that shirt, put on your shoes and get ready to roll with 10th FRAME. This sports simulation captures the real look and feel of bowling with true to life animation of strikes, spares and splits. With multiple levels of play and automatic scoring, 10th FRAME is an exciting sports experience the whole family can enjoy! * Digitized Sound * Scoreboard Printout * Up to 8 Different players including League play * Automatic Scoring * Power and Hook Control * Outstanding sound and pin action

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

ScummVM - Released - 1992

Amazon: Guardians of Eden is an adventure which tries to capture the feel of a "B series" set in 1957 - complete with cliffhanger endings at the end of each chapter. The plot follows the adventure of Jason Roberts, whose brother was attacked during an expedition into the Amazon. Now Roberts starts his own expedition to help his brother and eventually race for a lost treasure.

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Windows - Released - January 1, 1992

Amazon is a movie adventure game about a 1957 expedition into the heart of the Amazon basin: "a desperate, crazed message sends [the player] on a perilous search through a land where legends come to life, danger hides behind every corner, and incredible treasures wait to be discovered." It is one of the first games to feature super VGA graphics, digitized voice-overs, and an online hint system.

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Amazon: Guardians of Eden is an adventure which tries to capture the feel of a "B series" set in 1957 - complete with cliffhanger endings at the end of each chapter. The plot follows the adventure of Jason Roberts, whose brother was attacked during an expedition into the Amazon. Now Roberts starts his own expedition to help his brother and eventually race for a lost treasure. Jason is moved with the keyboard, while actions are performed with a point & click interface, which means that the player combines a symbol from the command line or the inventory with another object or person in the...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Amstrad CPC

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1985

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Atari 800 - Released - 1983

Beach-Head is a video game developed and published in 1983 by Access Software for the Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 home computers in the U.S.. Versions for the C16, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron (as well as the Atari and C64 versions) were published in Europe by U.S. Gold in 1984, followed by a version for the Amstrad CPC platform in 1985. The game's setting is the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Beach Gameplay consists of several varying stages in which the player must control various vehicles including warships and tanks in order to defeat an enemy fleet, break through enemy...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1985

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Enterprise - Released - 1985

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1985

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back

Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Beach-Head II features the player pursuing the eponymous Dictator in several ways. There are four levels in the game. In the first level, called Attack, the player deploys soldiers along a path with walls to cover him from the dictator's gun. The objective is to destroy the gun. The second level involves rescuing the prisoners from deadly obstacles by clearing them with a gun. The third level's objective is to escape from the area by flying a helicopter with the prisoners out of the dictator's fortress. Finally the player and the dictator face off, on opposite cliffs, separated by water. To...

Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back

Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

The Dictator from the first Beach Head game is back, but World War 2 is over. Giving himself a new name, "The Dragon", he seeks revenge against the victorious allied forces. To further these ends, he kidnaps hostages and brings them to his island fortress... Controlling either the forces of the Allied Commander (J.P. Stryler) or the Dictator (The Dragon), you will have to perform objectives across four different sequences, each with different perspective and controls. In Sequence 1 "Attack", the allies invade the dictators base with soldiers dropped from a helicopter. The allied forces...

Champions

Champions

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1992

A compilation featuring four distinct, previously published games: Jahangir Khan World Championship Squash Manchester United World Championship Boxing Manager World Class Leader Board

Countdown

Countdown

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Mason Powers, a former CIA agent, awakens in a Turkish asylum with many of his memories erased. Gradually recovering from his amnesia, Mason realizes that he has been locked up for allegedly murdering his supervisor. Convinced that he is innocent, Mason eventually escapes from the mental hospital. However, that brings him back to his old job, where he becomes entangled in a world-wide conspiracy of espionage, terrorism, and murder. Countdown is an adventure game with emphasis on traveling and conversation, though inventory-based puzzles are present as well. Over the course of the game the...

Crime Wave

Crime Wave

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Crime Wave is a side-scrolling shooter with certain similarities to Narc in tone and gameplay. Controlling a police officer, the player shoots his or her way through slums, inner cities, and other locations, trying to destroy a powerful criminal organization and save the President's gorgeous, young, and single daughter. The game features digitized graphics.

Echelon

Echelon

Apple II - August 8, 1988

Echelon is a space combat simulator with wire-frame graphics. Fly around an alien planet, looking for clues to a "mysterious event" in the planet's past. The game has a feature that allows people to play without concerning themselves with battle, or turn off the "exploration" and concentrate solely on combat.

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

This multi-genre military action game puts player in the seat of tactical commander of mechanized forces. Starting as Cadet, you'll raise your career from the rookie, when you should perform actions by yourself in different vehicles, to the ultimate elite, when you should act as a Tactical genius. There are three kinds of combat simulations: 1. MBT (main battle tank M1A1 Abrams), where in first-person view you should sit in tank's cockpit, command your gunner and driver, and eliminate surrounding enemies; 2. FAV (fast attack vehicle XR311), where in third-person view you should drive...

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

This multi-genre military action game puts player in the seat of tactical commander of mechanized forces. Starting as Cadet, you'll raise your career from the rookie, when you should perform actions by yourself in different vehicles, to the ultimate elite, when you should act as a Tactical genius.

Leader Board

Leader Board

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Access' long line of golf simulations started with Leader Board. Hold down the fire button to set the pace, then press it for hook and slice if needed. Greens are sloped, so be sure to factor this in. Four 18-hole courses are provided, and a 4-round match can consist of any combination of these, with up to 4 players joining in. There are three skill levels - novice players just have to hit the ball at the right speed in the right direction with the right club. Amateurs must be precise with the snap, to set the desired level of hook or slice - conventional wisdom in golf is to work on...

Leader Board

Leader Board

Arcade - Released - 1988

Leader Board is a golf arcade game that inspired a long running home video game series by Access Software.

Leader Board: Executive Edition

Leader Board: Executive Edition

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Leader Board: Executive Edition is a release in the Leader Board Golf series following up Leader Board and Leader Board Tournament. The control of your golfer is the same but this edition has a few graphical and gameplay changes. Bunkers and trees have been added and there is a choice of two courses which you can play with three other friends supporting from 18 to 72 holes of golf. Like the previous releases you have three skill levels, novice (club selection and power of shot), amateur (ability to hook or snap shot) or professional (wind affecting shots). Before your shot you can adjust where...

Links 386 CD

Links 386 CD

MS-DOS - Released - 1995

This is an updated version of Links 386 Pro which retains its Harbour Town Golf Links and adds a previously released add-on: either Championship Course - Banff Springs (US release) or Championship Course - The Belfry (European release). Multimedia enhancements include aerial flyby's with music and commentary, additional comments by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (your personal caddie). The game now tracks better the add-on courses and they can be played off the CD.

Links 386 Pro

Links 386 Pro

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

The follow up to Links - The Challenge of Golf, Links 386 Pro features Harbour Town Golf Links course. Numerous improvements included photo-realistic SVGA graphics, improved physics, split screens, male/female golfers with different shirt colors, and enhanced sound effects. The A CD version was released later, it added hole flybys with commentary (for certain courses).

Links LS 1997

Links LS 1997

MS-DOS - Released - 1996

The 1997 Edition of the popular Links golf simulation. New features include higher resolution graphics (up to 1600x1200 in 16.7 million colors) with a new terrain rendering engine, and improved ball flight physics. Three new courses are featured, Latrobe Country Club, Kapalua Village Course, and the Kapalua Plantation course. Also included is a video tour of Latrobe Country Club, and a virtual reality tour of Arnold Palmer's office and workshop.

Links: The Challenge of Golf

Links: The Challenge of Golf

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Links: The Challenge of Golf is a golf simulation that tries to implement realistic aspects of golf in a video game format. The game uses VGA 256-color graphics, with courses containing trees, water, sand traps, and the fairway. The addition of ball physics, mulligans, changing the lie of the ball, real digitized environmental sounds, and the ability to view a replay (from multiple angles) helps to emphasize the realistic aspect. Links comes with one Championship Course, Torrey Pines, located in San Diego, California, USA.

Martian Memorandum

Martian Memorandum

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Martian Memorandum is the sequel to Mean Streets. Six years have found the private investigator Tex Murphy broke, down on his luck, and seriously in need of a new case. He gets a call from Marshall Alexander, a business tycoon who owns most of the industry on Mars. It seems his daughter Alexis has run away from home, and taken "something else" with her. Marshall won't say what that something else is, but he is willing to pay handsomely to get it (and his daughter) back. Unlike its predecessor, the game contains only adventure gameplay, removing flight simulation and action sequences. Basic...

Mean Streets

Mean Streets

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Private investigator Tex Murphy is hired to investigate the murder of a university professor. It turns out that he was one of eight scientists involved in Project Overlord, a mission to remotely control people. You soon learn of the deaths of other related figures. Suspects may include the British intelligence head, a surveillance company owner, and the professor's daughter. Tex's first adventure (and the only one released for systems other than DOS or Windows PCs) takes you through the seedy West Coast world of 2033. The game is icon-driven, with object puzzles less significant than...

Mean Streets

Mean Streets

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

The game starts in Tex's speeder flying car, and the player can perform various functions, including moving the speeder backward and forward, raise or lower the altitude, switching between different views, and accessing the on-board computer. The player can also contact Tex's secretary and informant and receive faxes from them if they ask for information on suspects. The majority of the game involves the player questioning people over the course of the game. Questioning people often results in them giving out information that further deepens the plot. After people give out the information,...

The Pandora Directive

The Pandora Directive

MS-DOS - Released - July 31, 1996

Welcome to San Francisco of the future - a strange megalopolis with a post-apocalyptic feel, where ordinary humans co-exist with mutants - the result of radioactivity. In this city is also the office of Tex Murphy, a lonely private investigator, kind-hearted, yet bitterly ironic. He is hired to investigate the disappearance of a scientist named Thomas Malloy. A series of murders occurs at that time, and before long Tex finds himself involved in a complex conspiracy of political intrigues and shocking scientific discoveries. The Pandora Directive is a sequel to Under A Killing Moon,...

Raid Over Moscow

Raid Over Moscow

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

The USSR has launched a huge attack on the USA, and the only hope for the free world is for you (as leader of a US Squadron of fighters) to destroy their defense bases. This is done in a multi-stage action game with some similarities to the same developer's Beach Head. All the mini-games must be completed before the time limit on the bomb is expired. The first thing you will see is a missile being launched; the game then takes you to your hangar, from which you must quickly launch as many ships as possible, a task made difficult by the limited gravity. You must then fly it into Soviet...

Raid Over Moscow

Enterprise - Released - 1985

The USSR has launched a huge attack on the USA, and the only hope for the free world is for you (as leader of a US Squadron of fighters) to destroy their defense bases. This is done in a multi-stage action game with some similarities to the same developer's Beach Head. All the mini-games must be completed before the time limit on the bomb is expired. The first thing you will see is a missile being launched; the game then takes you to your hangar, from which you must quickly launch as many ships as possible, a task made difficult by the limited gravity. You must then fly it into Soviet...

Tex Murphy: Overseer

Tex Murphy: Overseer

Windows - Released - February 28, 1998

It seems that the relationship between Tex Murphy, the private investigator in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and his sweetheart Chelsee finally entered a happy phase. Tex is going on a date with Chelsee, they talk about their feelings and their future, and Chelsee asks Tex to tell her the story of his first case as a PI. This is where the player begins the game - as young Tex, still an idealist, full of energy and with none of the ironic bitterness of his later years. A beautiful girl enters his office. Her name is Sylvia Linsky, and she asks him to investigate a case. Her father, Carl...

Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

Windows - June 16, 2009

It is December of the year 2042. The world is still recovering from the disastrous consequences of the World War III. Radioactivity has turned many humans into mutants, and the gap between those and the "norms" (non-affected humans) is growing wider. Certain places in the world have retained the feel and the charm of the old times - among those is the Old San Francisco. There, the private investigator Tex Murphy is trying to deal with unemployment, upcoming poverty, and his melancholic mood following his divorce. After solving a simple robbery case, Tex attracts the attention of a mysterious...

Under a Killing Moon

Under a Killing Moon

MS-DOS - Released - 1994

It is December of the year 2042. The world is still recovering from the disastrous consequences of the World War III. Radioactivity has turned many humans into mutants, and the gap between those and the "norms" (non-affected humans) is growing wider. Certain places in the world have retained the feel and the charm of the old times - among those is the Old San Francisco. There, the private investigator Tex Murphy is trying to deal with unemployment, upcoming poverty, and his melancholic mood following his divorce. After solving a simple robbery case, Tex attracts the attention of a mysterious...

World Class Leader Board

World Class Leader Board

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

Before the long-running Links series, Access Software produced the Leader Board lineage, which concludes here. Wind, snap and power are the main considerations as players dodge the bunkers, water and rough, which make for more complex courses than the 8-bit versions of the original. A course editor is included. The courses provided include real locations: St. Andrews (Scotland), Cypress Creek and Doral Country Club (USA) and a fictional one, The Gauntlet, which, as the name suggests, is designed to push the player's skills to the maximum. The PC version utilizes the PC speaker to...

World Class Leader Board

World Class Leader Board

Commodore 64 - Released - May 8, 1987

Now you have the opportunity to play the same courses that have challenged golf’s greatest legends. WORLD CLASS LEADERBOARD features three famous 18-hole golf courses and each hole authentically reproduces the distance, traps, trees, rough and water hazards of: -St. Andrews - The Most Revered Course in Golf -Doral Country Club - The Florida Blue Monster -Cypress Creek - The Largest and the Finest The fourth course, designed specifically for “WORLD CLASS” is the “GAUNTLET COUNTRY CLUB”. Only those who have mastered the best courses in the world should expect to come close to par at...

World Class Leader Board

World Class Leader Board

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1986

Before the long-running Links series, Access Software produced the Leader Board lineage, which concludes here. Wind, snap and power are the main considerations as players dodge the bunkers, water and rough, which make for more complex courses than the 8-bit versions of the original. A course editor is included. The courses provided include real locations: St. Andrews (Scotland), Cypress Creek and Doral Country Club (USA) and a fictional one, The Gauntlet, which, as the name suggests, is designed to push the player's skills to the maximum.

World Class Leaderboard Golf

World Class Leaderboard Golf

Sega Genesis - Released - August 1, 1992

Before the long-running Links series, Access Software produced the Leader Board lineage, which concludes here. Wind, snap and power are the main considerations as players dodge the bunkers, water and rough, which make for more complex courses than the 8-bit versions of the original. A course editor is included. The courses provided include real locations: St. Andrews (Scotland), Cypress Creek and Doral Country Club (USA) and a fictional one, The Gauntlet, which, as the name suggests, is designed to push the player's skills to the maximum. The PC version utilizes the PC speaker to...

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