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Barbarian

Barbarian

Amstrad CPC - 1988

Barbarian is a 1987 computer platform game by Psygnosis. It was first developed for the Atari ST, and was ported to the Amiga, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum. The Amiga port was released in 1987; the others were released in 1988. Like most early Psygnosis titles, the cover artwork (part of "Red Dragon" figure/landscape) was by the popular fantasy artist, Roger Dean. The game spawned a 1991 sequel, Barbarian II, released alongside Leander, and Ork, other platform-based action-adventures from Psygnosis. The game opens with a striking—for the era—animation of a...

Captain Kelly

Captain Kelly

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

You are Captain Kelly, a space delivery man who travels the universe delivering packages, an easy enough job until you came across the ship, Obsidian 2. Normally a code would shut down the security and hand control back to the pilot but today the code wasn't working and you made the mistake of entering the ship and now you can't leave and the security robots will try to kill you if discovered. You must explore and destroy a set number of robots on each of the seven levels of the ship before entering the Master Control Room and gain full control of the ship. The game is a top view maze game...

Colony

Colony

Microsoft MSX - Released - February 2, 1987

Mankind has established a distant colony, but the area is infested with ants, ladybirds and other parasites, all ready to cut through the perimeter fencing and eat your people's food. As a service droid it is your job to prevent this, and maximise the output. Achieving this involves a lot of planning and resource management. There are several buildings at your disposal, containing seeds, solar panels, weaponry, fencing and traps. You must plant the seeds, use the solar panels to maximise their growth, and then harvest the finished product so as to trade it. You can carry a gun to take care...

Colony

Colony

Atari 800 - Released - 1987

Mankind has established a distant colony, but the area is infested with ants, ladybirds and other parasites, all ready to cut through the perimeter fencing and eat your people's food. As a service droid it is your job to prevent this, and maximise the output. Achieving this involves a lot of planning and resource management. There are several buildings at your disposal, containing seeds, solar panels, weaponry, fencing and traps. You must plant the seeds, use the solar panels to maximise their growth, and then harvest the finished product so as to trade it. You can carry a gun to take care...

Colony

Colony

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Mankind has established a distant colony, but the area is infested with ants, ladybirds and other parasites, all ready to cut through the perimeter fencing and eat your people's food. As a service droid it is your job to prevent this, and maximise the output. Achieving this involves a lot of planning and resource management. There are several buildings at your disposal, containing seeds, solar panels, weaponry, fencing and traps. You must plant the seeds, use the solar panels to maximise their growth, and then harvest the finished product so as to trade it. You can carry a gun to take care...

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

From the famous comic strip comes this multi-load action game. Flash has 3 distinct tasks to face, travelling through a desolate forest in the first, shooting or avoiding minions and avoiding the holes. The top half of the screen displays the action, while the bottom half displays a map. The Cave of Barin is his target, with the aim of taking on Barin in combat using an array of punches and kicks. After this, Flash mounts a motorcycle and rides towards Ming, with guards to fend off and energy gates to pass through in order to replenish before finally taking Ming out.

Intergalactic Cage Match

Intergalactic Cage Match

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - February 2, 1987

Fight for your life against the best in the Universe in this fast paced intergalactic wrestling match which puts you in the ring with 6 of the toughest characters you could ever wish to meet!

Invasion

Invasion

Atari 800 - Released - 1987

Strategy games with a real-time movement element didn't begin with Dune 2, and this was one early implementation of the concept. Your army has landed on an alien planet and has the intention of destroying their weather control station, and ideally as many of their units as possible. The action is viewed from above, and you use a cursor to direct units, and automatically target and attack enemy units. Once you blow up the weather control tower, by exploding at least 2 bombs next to it, you must flee the planet ASAP. Protecting all your units is important and requires a tactical overview...

Kikstart 2 + Course Designer

Kikstart 2 + Course Designer

Commodore Amiga - 1987

Kikstart 2 is a motorcycle trials racing videogame released for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. It enjoyed more success than its predecessor, Kikstart. The game allowed 2-player simultaneous (via a split-screen facility) or 1-player, vs-computer play. The game mechanics were copied into other games too, like the Game Boy game "Motocross Maniacs". The basic premise of the game is to control a bike using acceleration, braking, "hopping" and "wheelies" to navigate across a course of various obstacles, from ramps and gates to telephone boxes and tyres. The game was...

Milk Race

Milk Race

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1987

The Milk Race involved cycling 1000 miles across Britain, and the game simulates being one of the 84 entrants. The route takes you form Newcastle to London via Sheffield, Birmingham and Ipswich among others. The roads are strewn with potholes, and cars and other bikes make things more treacherous. Time-trials are sprung on you at random, and these must be completed in the allotted time. You can’t cycle at full pelt for the whole event and you need to make efficient use of energy, via pacing yourself and riding in higher gears when you reach hills, are vital. Milk (what else?) can be...

Milk Race

Milk Race

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

The Milk Race involved cycling 1000 miles across Britain, and the game simulates being one of the 84 entrants. The route takes you form Newcastle to London via Sheffield, Birmingham and Ipswich among others. The roads are strewn with potholes, and cars and other bikes make things more treacherous. Time-trials are sprung on you at random, and these must be completed in the allotted time. You can’t cycle at full pelt for the whole event and you need to make efficient use of energy, via pacing yourself and riding in higher gears when you reach hills, are vital. Milk (what else?) can be...

Ninja

Ninja

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

This is an side-scrolling beat-'em-up game consisting of a succession of fights, in which you (surprisingly) play a ninja whose job is to go through the playfield and kill everyone in his path. You are also equipped with a dagger and a shuriken which you can hurl at your enemies. You must also collect "idols" which are left lying around), which will reinvigorate you, as well as grant you further points. Once you collect all of the idols, you will have won the game.

P.O.D.: Proof of Destruction

P.O.D.: Proof of Destruction

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Gridrunner provides the gameplay for this top-view budget shooter with 25 levels, challenging you to survive until the time runs out. You start with three lives, but get an extra one (up to a maximum of five) when a level is completed. The time goal is not reset when you lose a life. You guide a small spacecraft around a screen representing your people's power grid, moving it in the four compass directions along the grid lines. Aliens fire in all directions, so there are no 'safe spots' in which you will not get hit. Their shots cut lines out of the grid, preventing motion along that space...

Prowler

Prowler

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Prowler sends you deep into space, to Ursa Minor Delta-V, where the Peradusins are on the attack (companies were starting to run out of subtle ways to re-identify Russia; perhaps it's a good job they weren't 'the enemy' for much longer). Fortunately you have at your disposal a Northall Q15 helicopter-jet hybrid, with advanced weaponry, a zoomable radar and strong shields. Rescue on Fractalus is a good guide to what to expect - the action is first-person and depicted in 3D, with hovercrafts and aircraft among your potential targets. There are various game modes including air and ground...

Revenge II

Revenge II

Atari ST - Released - 1988

Llamasoft developed a sequel to Revenge of the Mutant Camels entitled Revenge of the Mutant Camels II for the PC. It was published by Kool Dog Entertainment, a division of Guildhall Leisure which has since closed down. Due to poor sales and reception the title was withdrawn from shelves just weeks after release. The plot is a continuation of the story from the original Revenge of the Mutant Camels. For Amiga, Revenge of Mutant Camels II was released with poor reception[4] by Mastertronic in 1988. This release did not involve Minter himself, but in 1992 Minter released his own Amiga version...

Ten Speed

Ten Speed

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Ride your bike and pass other cyclists, pick up bottles for energy boosts. Follow your trainer's guidance and the map directions and you may end up number on on the ten speed.

Terrorpods

Terrorpods

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Just because a region is bleak, desolate and inhospitable doesn't mean it lacks value. The planet Colian is a case in point; it has plentiful stocks of tough metal Aluma, the explosive Detonite, and the energy giving Quaza crystals. The units which are mining them are under the control of the Empire, and are forced to produce destructive Terrorpod units. The rival Federation attempts to shut this operation down, and sends you to the surface in a Defense Strategy Vehicle. Your task is to find each of the six bases before the Empire can destroy evidence of them. Destroy all the Terrorpods in...

Terrorpods

Terrorpods

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1989

Just because a region is bleak, desolate and inhospitable doesn't mean it lacks value. The planet Colian is a case in point; it has plentiful stocks of tough metal Aluma, the explosive Detonite, and the energy giving Quaza crystals. The units which are mining them are under the control of the Empire, and are forced to produce destructive Terrorpod units. The rival Federation attempts to shut this operation down, and sends you to the surface in a Defence Strategy Vehicle. Your task is to find each of the six bases before the Empire can destroy evidence of them. Destroy all the Terrorpods in...

Video Classics

Video Classics

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1988

Video Classics (Blip!) is an updated version of one the first video games, Pong. It allows one player to play the computer and two players to play each other. The main aim of the game is to bounce a ball with a bat past your opponents bat to score points. There are six variants of the game with Tennis, Football, Squash and Solo Squash recreating the classic game and two modern updates 4 Bat Blip and Asterbliperoids. 4 Bat Blip has the bats at the side of the screen as well as bats at the top and bottom of the screen, Asterbliperoids is like Tennis but with asteroids in the middle of the...

Video Classics

Video Classics

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Video Classics (Blip!) is an updated version of one the first video games, Pong. It allows one player to play the computer and two players to play each other. The main aim of the game is to bounce a ball with a bat past your opponents bat to score points. There are six variants of the game with Tennis, Football, Squash and Solo Squash recreating the classic game and two modern updates 4 Bat Blip and Asterbliperoids. 4 Bat Blip has the bats at the side of the screen as well as bats at the top and bottom of the screen, Asterbliperoids is like Tennis but with asteroids in the middle of the...

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