SAM Coupé

In the last quarter of 1989 MGT launched the Sam Coupé. MGT was already known in the ZX Spectrum world for a range of hardware that they sold. The Sam was their pride and joy, and unfortunately to be their downfall. The SAM name comes from a...

Astroball

Astroball

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

The player controls a bouncing ball and collects coins from each level before proceeding to a level's exit. Small spikes, named Deathstars, are to be avoided, as any collision results in a life being lost. The game also features "blinking" platforms, which can only be used for bouncing when visible, requiring careful timing from the player. Various power-ups can be collected, including extra time, temporary invulnerability, and a slow motion mode. The main power-up item will cycle between the various power-ups available, and its sprite updates accordingly. Most levels require the player to...

Batz 'n Balls

Batz 'n Balls

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

An arkanoid-styled game. Fast, smooth and staggeringly difficult, with lots of power-ups and other features. 150 levels plus bonus screens.

Boing!

Boing!

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

Boing's time machine has crashed on a strange land and only by collecting 20 Potions, the Crystal, the Battery and the all-important lever will he ever get the time machine working again

Defenders of the Earth

Defenders of the Earth

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

The Defenders of the Earth consist of veteran comic-book heroes Flash Gordon, Lothar, the Phantom and Mandrake. Ming the Merciless has kidnapped their children, and they set off to rescue them in this action game. As Flash you journey through the side-scrolling areas of Ming's castle, shooting your way out of trouble. You can call on the assistance of the other Defenders, who can open doors and set diversions of enemies. Quick progress through the levels is needed, as Ming's security cameras are set to detect your presence.

Dyzonium

Dyzonium

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

The year is 2991. The earth’s energy resources have slowly dwindled into nothingness. Man has been looking to deep space for the answer… And now, in a distance galaxy, a new crystal, ‘Dyzonium’, has been discovered. Scientist believe it to be a great source of energy. A piece the size of an old 23rd century moonbus will power a major city for a month! But there is just one problem… This galaxy is inhabited by nasty mutants from the 25th century intergalactic war. They hate visitors! This is why the people have hired you, Dr Zyzedd, the most notorious mercenary this side of Xzonia! Your...

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

Based on the arcade game, in Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters you are sent in on a rescue mission to Planet X. This planet has been taken over by robots and you must find and evacuate the remaining humans. It's a shooter similar to Gauntlet, only with an isometric viewpoint. You run around the levels shooting robots, rescuing humans and picking up items. One of the few major commercial title conversions from the Spectrum. While the intro screens were not changed, the game itself was updated to use the SAM sound chip and MODE 4 graphics.

The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island

The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

In terms of both interface and setting, this license was atypical of adventures at the time. Enid Blyton's Famous Five books told of jolly adventures on mysterious treasure islands played out by a group of well-mannered inquisitive youngsters. The story takes in Aunt Fanny's cottage, a fishing boat, a forest and a courtyard among other locations. This is brought to life as an interactive fiction game, using a purely keyboard-driven interface. Descriptions are written in Blytonesque language. You can control any of the four human characters at any time, and must often swap between them. You...

Football League Manager

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

Football management game from FRED Publishing

Impatience

Impatience

SAM Coupé - Released - 1995

Impatience is a compilation of two games not released separately: Triltex and The Viking Game. Triltex is a variant of mahjongg solitaire with some additional features added. The player is presented with a number of tiles layered on top of each other and the aim of the game is to have them removed by matching tiles with the same symbol and colour. To match a tile it has to be visible but unlike other mahjongg solitaire games it does not need to have free space to the sides. If the player gets stuck he has to use the quit button and replay the level while losing a life. Extra lives are given...

Klax

Klax

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

An action/puzzle game, the object is to catch assorted color falling tiles and create rows, columns, or diagonals of a single color. Each level requires a different pattern to be made, and the tiles fall faster, more at a time, and in an increasing number of colors as the game progresses.

Lemmings

Lemmings

SAM Coupé - Released - 1993

Your task is to rescue the Lemmings across 120 levels of fast-paced puzzling. These creatures simply walk blindly through the world in the hope of reaching safety at the end of the level - unfortunately these levels include steep drops, gaps in the ground, barriers and rivers amongst other hazards. You are in control not of any individual Lemming, but of a cross-hair, which can be moved over any of the Lemmings. Along the bottom are a selection of functions which can be assigned to a Lemming, including climbing, floating and bashing. You must click to select the appropriate function, then...

Manic Miner

Manic Miner

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

Miner Willy fell into a forgotten mine shaft near Surbiton and discovered a network of underground caverns left by an advanced (but now extinct) civilization. Collect all treasures before your air runs out while watching out for the nasty robotic guardians and deadly obstacles. This is the SAM Coupé version of the classic platformer Manic Miner, remade from scratch (enhanced graphics, stereo soundtrack), with 40 new levels in addition to the original set of 20.

Mind Games 1

Mind Games 1

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

Mind Games 2

Mind Games 2

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

Oh No! More Lemmings

Oh No! More Lemmings

SAM Coupé - Released - 1994

Oh No! More Lemmings is the follow-up to Lemmings. The game features 100 new levels, and all new graphics and music. It was released in both a stand-alone and an add-on version.

Parallax

Parallax

SAM Coupé - Released - 1992

Parallax is a side scrolling shoot 'em up set in outer space. It is similar to the game Sidewize in that enemies appear in waves of different formations and the player has to shoot down as many of them as possible without colliding with them or getting hit by any of their projectiles. Initially the player's ship shoots single bullets at a time but by clearing out a full wave of enemies it's possible to get a power up that gives multiple shots. The kind of shot to use can be selected before starting out. Enemies appear from all sides of the screen and it's of important to find the right safe...

Pipe Mania

Pipe Mania

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

Each level of this abstract puzzler challenges the player to set up a network of pipes to allow an unspecified substance known as 'flooz' to flow through as many of those as possible. The pieces are offered in random order, and there are seven different types - straight lines going horizontally or vertically, corners rotating in each of the four directions, and cross-over pieces which carry the flooz straight across horizontally and vertically. Each of these can be entered from either side. When the flooz hits a gap, or a piece which the previous piece can't flow into, the pipe is...

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup d'état. His way to the throne lies through the Sultan's lovely daughter. Jaffar kidnaps her and threatens to kill her if she refuses to marry him. Meanwhile, the man the Princess loves is thrown into the dungeon. He has only one hour to escape from his prison, defeat the guards on his way, and stop Jaffar before the terrible marriage takes place. Prince of Persia is a 2D platformer that is commonly regarded as a progenitor of the cinematic platform genre. Rather than following the...

Quizball

Quizball

SAM Coupé - Released - 1991

A general knowledge game, based on the theme (and scoring system) of snooker.

Sam Cards

SAM Coupé - Released - 1994

Sam Cards is collection of three card games.

Sphera

Sphera

SAM Coupé - Released - 1990

Sphera is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Sphera is also the Emperor's most feared artificial prison planet and the player happens to be one of its inmates. Sent there by a scheming business partner he wants no more than escape and get his revenge. The player gets his chance when suddenly a supply ships breaks down and before it can be repaired the player takes control of it. Now the goal is to fight through the game's three levels full of defence droids and guard ships and find freedom. The gameplay is typical of the genre. The player controls his space ship and has to shoot down the...

Splat!

Splat!

SAM Coupé - Released - 1991

A spider must be guided safely through a maze, eating all the patches of grass. The screen scrolls in four directions, and the walls of the level are in a different pattern on each level, and must always be avoided for fear of losing a life. The main thing making life harder is that the level is always scrolling in random directions, and contact with the wall at the edge of the screen costs you a life. As a result, careful planning is required to ensure that you don't get trapped into a corner. There are seven levels of increasing difficulty to get through.

WaterWorks

WaterWorks

SAM Coupé - Released - 1993

Waterworks is a cross between arcade, strategy and puzzle game. WaterWorks provides you with a unique experience - combining speed, addictiveness, the need for forward planning and lateral thinking. You must take control of the hundreds of water particles which can be moved individually to open doors, flood rooms, kill aliens, and lots more.

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