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Action Force

Action Force

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1988

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret documents that if found by COBRA will cause a breach of security. Instead of an all out attack from the island protectors, they send in the only suitable vehicle for the terrain; an All Weather and Environment (AWE) buggy. Problem is this has nothing to defend itself with. Enter stage left, Wild Bill in a Dragonfly Helicopter. His mission is to protect the AWE against enemy aircraft from destroying it. Also he must lift bridge parts and lower them down over gaps to stop...

Action Force

Action Force

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret documents that if found by COBRA will cause a breach of security. Instead of an all out attack from the island protectors, they send in the only suitable vehicle for the terrain; an All Weather and Environment (AWE) buggy. Problem is this has nothing to defend itself with. Enter stage left, Wild Bill in a Dragonfly Helicopter. His mission is to protect the AWE against enemy aircraft from destroying it. Also he must lift bridge parts and lower them down over gaps to stop...

Alien³

Alien³

Commodore Amiga - Released - September 22, 1992

AlienĀ³ is a video game based on the movie of the same name. The plot of the movie picks up directly after the end of Aliens. Ellen Ripley, the main character of the Alien series, is in cryo-sleep aboard the space ship Sulaco. Unfortunately, an alien or two has stowed away on the Sulaco, and wreaked havoc within the ship. Thus, it crash lands on the prison colony planet Fiorina 161. Ripley and the unarmed prisoners have to figure out a way to survive the aliens terrorizing the colony until help arrives. The gameplay of the various AlienĀ³ conversions varies from platform to platform. This...

Ambush

Ambush

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Ambush is a space shooter which is played on a single screen with no scrolling. You can move your vessel all over the screen, shooting at enemies or avoiding collision with them. Enemies enter the screen from the top and move at various directions and speeds toward the bottom (they bounce and change direction when hitting the left or right side of the screen). When hitting one of them they split into smaller ones, which may have a changed direction and movement speed (this is repeated for the first and sometimes for the second hit). The sprites created from a first hit will not leave the...

Archer Maclean's Pool

Archer Maclean's Pool

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Using the game engine from Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, this game recreates pool in minute detail. A bold 3D graphics engine with realistic physics and millions of shot permutations (in terms of direction, speed and spin) is at the heart of it. Three versions of pool are offered - UK and US 8-ball as well as the fast-paced all-action 9-ball game. There are 20 computer opponents, with the hardest of them being almost unbeatable, as well as two-player and trick-shot modes. Unlike the original release of Whirlwind Snooker, you can save more than one game on the disk at a time.

Archer MacLean's Pool

Archer MacLean's Pool

Commodore Amiga - Released - July 15, 1992

This pool game uses the same game engine as the awesome Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker. The three different versions offered are 8 ball UK, 8 ball US and 9 ball.

Archer MacLean's Pool

Archer MacLean's Pool

Atari ST - Released - 1992

Using the game engine from Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, this game recreates pool in minute detail. A bold 3D graphics engine with realistic physics and millions of shot permutations (in terms of direction, speed and spin) is at the heart of it. Three versions of pool are offered - UK and US 8-ball as well as the fast-paced all-action 9-ball game. There are 20 computer opponents, with the hardest of them being almost unbeatable, as well as two-player and trick-shot modes. Unlike the original release of Whirlwind Snooker, you can save more than one game on the disk at a time.

Cannon Fodder

Cannon Fodder

Sega Genesis - Released - December 1, 1994

Guide a team of up to four soldiers through 72 levels of combat in this innovative top-down action/strategy hybrid, best thought of as Lemmings crossed with Commando crossed with Dune 2. The characters are controlled indirectly using the mouse, as you activate each soldier or group of them by highlighting them, click the left button to move them to a particular spot, and the right button for them to fire guns at an enemy. You can also pick up grenades, which can be used to destroy groups of enemies or buildings (by pressing both buttons at once). Each mission has a specific objective, and...

Cool Spot

Cool Spot

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Cool Spot is a colorful 2D platform game featuring the 7-Up mascot as the main protagonist. The game objective is fairly simple and straightforward. The player character has to collect enough number of cool points throughout each level in order to find and rescue his captured uncool Spot buddies and complete the game.

Envahi

Envahi

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1983

Envahi is a side view fixed screen shoot 'em up where the player controls a helicopter and must defend a city that is being attacked by an invasion force. Next to the city is a large dam full of water that also has to be defended. The helicopter can be moved in all directions and shoots bullets upwards. There are four different types of enemies to shoot down. Munchers move horizontally towards the dam and make holes in it upon reaching it. If the hole goes all the way through the water will flood the city. Nasties appear from a mothership at the top and move downwards until reaching a...

Erebus

Erebus

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

The planet Erebus has been developed by Earth into a giant refinery to turn it's waste into useful gases and chemicals and is fully automated with rare interaction from humans. It has been noticed in recent times that the nearby planet Hadebus, sworn enemy of Earth, has been sending space crafts to Erebus. Further investigations has found out that the Hadeans are using the refinery to produce a toxic nerve gas that can wipe out the human race. You have been chosen to fly through various levels of the refinery and destroy the alien crafts to save mankind. The game is a horizontal shooter...

F.A. Cup Football

F.A. Cup Football

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

F.A. Cup Football is officially licensed by the English F.A, and lets you lead your English club side to the FA Cup victory. First you have to select your team and how many players will play the game (maximum is 8). You can select formation and between 3 different game strategies, which are: attacking, balanced and defensive. Sometimes you have to answer to some questions where you have 3 choices. For example, if your player wants to leave the club, what would you do? Like in the real F.A Cup, your opponent will be decided by a random draw. Before each match you will see your next opponent....

Gates of Dawn

Gates of Dawn

Commodore 64 - Released - April 15, 1985

The player controls a knight who must discover the mystery of the mind. To do this, four objects must be collected - iron, stone, fire, and ice - so that they can pass through the Gates of Dawn. These objects are scattered in the maze. The maze consists of 64 rooms, which are displayed in a 3D view with the walls bearing garnish patterns and colors, giving them a psychedelic look. The rooms are usually filled with monsters. As the player navigates between rooms, a map in the top-right of the screen charts their progress. An arrow below it indicates the direction they are facing, and it is up...

Ghetto Blaster

Ghetto Blaster

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Ghetto Blaster / Street Beat is an adventure in the land of good groove. You basically have a ghettoblaster, and you go around the streets of London and you get them to dance to the music. Once you have made the required amount dancing, you take the tape into a record company. Watch out for the policemen, the tone deaf walker, the gangster of groove and the psycho killer because they can make you start over, or kill you. This game is inspired by an unknown rasta and his ghettoblaster at Battersea Park in London, England.

Goal!

Goal!

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Goal! takes the basic gameplay of Dino Dini's previous Kick Off games, but updates most features in some way. Teams from various European countries are included, and you can customise these by moving players around, and changing the starting lineups and formations. An Arcade Challenge mode sees you play matches against each of the five computer team speeds, in succession, until you lose one. You can also arrange leagues or play individual matches. A wide range of options are included, with variable wind settings, a range of pitches and referees, variable match lengths, and the chance to...

Goal!

Goal!

Commodore Amiga - Released - September 1, 1993

Goal! takes the basic gameplay of Dino Dini's previous Kick Off games, but updates most features in some way. Teams from various European countries are included, and you can customise these by moving players around, and changing the starting lineups and formations. An Arcade Challenge mode sees you play matches against each of the five computer team speeds, in succession, until you lose one. You can also arrange leagues or play individual matches. A wide range of options are included, with variable wind settings, a range of pitches and referees, variable match lengths, and the chance to...

Goal!

Goal!

Atari ST - Released - September 1, 1993

Goal! takes the basic gameplay of Dino Dini's previous Kick Off games, but updates most features in some way. Teams from various European countries are included, and you can customise these by moving players around, and changing the starting lineups and formations. An Arcade Challenge mode sees you play matches against each of the five computer team speeds, in succession, until you lose one. You can also arrange leagues or play individual matches. A wide range of options are included, with variable wind settings, a range of pitches and referees, variable match lengths, and the chance to...

Golden Axe

Golden Axe

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Progress is made through the game by fighting through Death Adder's henchmen, including men armed with clubs and maces, skeleton warriors, and knights. Players are able to attack using their weapon, jump and cast spells that hurt all enemies on the screen. The force of this magic depends on the number of "bars" of magic power currently available. The bars are filled by collecting blue "magic potions" attained by kicking little sprites who then drop the potions. These sprites appear during regular levels and during bonus stages in between levels. The male warrior Ax is able to cast earth...

Hideous Bill and the Gi-Gants

Hideous Bill and the Gi-Gants

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Bill must save his girlfriend Greta from the gi-gants, giant ants who plan to turn her into ant food. The game is divided into three levels, with the objective being in each level to crush all the ant eggs in order to proceed to the next level. Three gi-gants roam around each level trying to destroy Bill. Warp tunnels are located on the left and right sides of each level, and these can be used to get to either side quickly. Besides crushing eggs, objects scattered around the level that can be put to good use. In level one, Bill can collect spears which he can use to slay a gi-gant, but...

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

A 3D snooker simulator. The table and cue can be turned through almost any angle, with shot strength and spin as required too. An on-screen dotted white line shows the path of your ball, including the next bounce. There is also a "trick-shot" mode, allowing you to recreate classic snooker trick shots (well, not the one with the basket. Or with the cues lying on the table. Or the one with the girl lying on her back with the pink ball in her mouth. But you know). And if you dawdle too long, the balls pull faces at you. Honest!

The Magnetic Scrolls Collection

The Magnetic Scrolls Collection

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1991

More than a compilation, this collection brings three Magnetic Scrolls' hits, now enhanced to run under Wonderland's Magnetic Windows game environment: Fish! - The Seven Deadly Fins, an inter-dimensional group of anarchists, are on the loose. 'THE PROJECT' has been sabotaged... can you, a mere goldfish, save the day? Fish! is full of what you least expect, lacking all that's rational and devoid of all good sense. Corruption - Outwardly you're on the fast track to success in the City. But what corruption lurks menacingly just beneath the glittering facade? Corruption is a racy thriller...

The Ninja Warriors

The Ninja Warriors

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

The Ninja Warriors is a one or two player side-scrolling beat-em-up. The Taito coin-op featured three monitor screens side by side, while the Amiga version was developed in letterbox format in order to show as much of the wide screen background graphics as possible. The player(s) control robot Ninjas, which battle their way through the levels using Shuriken and knives. As the Ninja's take damage their classic Ninja garb is torn away to reveal robotic limbs, torso or head. When the damage reaches a critical level the Ninja Robot explodes scattering mechanical body parts. As with The...

Reach for the Skies

Reach for the Skies

Atari ST - Released - 1993

Reach for the Skies is a combat flight sim focused on WWII's famous "Battle of Britain", splitting the battle into four stages and giving you the option to take part for either the Royal Air Force or the German Luftwaffe. As well as piloting a plane, you can also take on Controller duties, of planning which planes to deploy where on each day, trying to minimise losses. Eight planes are simulated, from Hurricanes and Spitfires to Ju88s and BF110s, each with their own cockpit displays and characteristics. When playing as the Germans, protecting the fragile and slow Ju88 bombers is crucial....

Rebel

Rebel

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

In the future, working conditions in agridustrial combine compounds are a step back to slavery, with no prospects, long hours and poor treatment. One day THX2240 (an obvious George Lucas reference) decides she's had enough, and steals a Crowd Control vehicle to escape. Escaping from the whole 10-level complex is a big task though, as each of the many compounds has its own locks. These can be removed using mirrors to guide a solar beam onto the locks, weakening them. There are patrol guards trying to stop you, and each time you fire a beam and it fails to open a door, you lose a life. The...

Rebel

Rebel

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

In the future, working conditions in agridustrial combine compounds are a step back to slavery, with no prospects, long hours and poor treatment. One day THX2240 (an obvious George Lucas reference) decides she's had enough, and steals a Crowd Control vehicle to escape. Escaping from the whole 10-level complex is a big task though, as each of the many compounds has its own locks. These can be removed using mirrors to guide a solar beam onto the locks, weakening them. There are patrol guards trying to stop you, and each time you fire a beam and it fails to open a door, you lose a life. The...

Rick Davis's World Trophy Soccer

Rick Davis's World Trophy Soccer

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

This football simulation focuses on international football, allowing you to play a tournament or single friendly matches. Up to 8 human players can be involved in the tournament. Options include three skill levels, variable match lengths and a choice of sound or music (or both on some versions). The match is viewed from the side, although it switches to a 3D view when the ball is close to the goal. The ball roughly sticks to the player's foot. Set pieces are controlled by moving an aiming cross-hair.

Rolling Ronny

Rolling Ronny

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Who says being an errand boy is dull ? Take Rolling Ronny - he's the coolest dude in town. Help him rollerskate and shoot his way through nine levels of parkland, city streets, office complexes and even the underground sewers to his final destination at the other side of town. Collect cash by running errands for the inhabitants of this weird and wonderful town to earn enough money for a bus ticket to the next part of this barmy game.

Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator

Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

Shuttle is a 1992 space flight simulator game developed by Vektor Grafix and published by Virgin Games. It has been praised as a reasonably accurate simulation game of piloting the NASA Space Shuttle. The software is noted for simulations of the space shuttle in many situations in a 3D environment, from leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building to returning to Earth at the Shuttle Landing Facility and displayed almost every switch, knob and display of the real shuttle control panels while simulating most of their respective functions. That said, only a subset of the controls actually worked...

Silkworm

Silkworm

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Silkworm is a classic horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up. The main difference between this game and many other side-scrolling shoot-em-ups is that you will be on land as well as in the air. The first player would play as a helicopter, but if a second player joins the game, they would play as a jeep. Both players would have to protect each other as well as themselves. After a certain number of kills, a "goose" helicopter would form on the screen. If the players managed to destroy it they would get a weapon's powerup. This would go on throughout the entire game, and a "goose" could appear...

Slot Car Racer

Slot Car Racer

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Scalextric is a brand of slot cars and Hornby slot care racing system sets which first appeared in the late 1950s. This game brought that to life in first person for the fans of the brand, though this was good enough that it was also released as Gran Prix later in Europe. European version / Radio Elettronica & Computer 1987/12 (Anno XVI Numero 10) / a.k.a. "Grand Prix". Released in North America as Slot Car Racer. The game is a simple two car, split screen racing game. Cars cannot come off the track but they do lose speed when driving along the track edge or when skidding in the...

Sorcery

Sorcery

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

You are one of the last four remaining great sorcerers. When Necromancer kidnaps the other three, it is your task to rescue them within a time limit in this action adventure hybrid. The player must fly through 17 screens including wastelands, a river and the woods, collecting items and keys to access other screens. Avoid evil ghosts and sorcerers, as they will drain your limited (but replenishable) energy. The final destination is Stonehenge, where the player must kill Necromancer using one of the three potential objects discovered during your journey.

SOS Terrorists II

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

The sequel to SOS Terrorists aka Terrorist released by CBM and Virgin\Aakosoft respectively. It is a multi-genre action\strategy\shooter. You control an anti-terrorist squad with access to multiple forms of vehicle and weaponry to stop the terrorists from overrunning a randomly generated city location with all the tools at your disposal.

Super Off Road

Super Off Road

Sega Master System - Released - 1993

Enter the world of off-road racing as 4 vehicles will face each other, on a series of tracks which are based around flipped and reversed versions of a core selection. Fame, glory and bikini clad women await your victories and the taste of dirt awaits if you fail. Let a computer car beat you and you lose one of your 3 credits. Successful races bring more money, which can be used to soup up their machine. Boosts to top speed, grip and acceleration can be purchased, and your nitro boost must be kept topped up. If you are desperate for upgrades, you can buy into your spare credits. Only your...

Terrorists

Terrorists

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Terrorist, aka SOS Terrorists (as released by CBM) is a multi genre game with elements of strategy, action and crosshairs shooter. The game has four difficulty levels, randomized attack sequences, 3D battle sequences on over 8000 battle maps. In it you play as Red Leader. You and your anti-terrorist squad are ordered to rendezvous at a town that is being attacked by terrorists. Before rusing the town you are shown a map and must quickly memorize it. Switching between a police car, boat and helicopter gun-ship which have been placed at your disposal , you must make safe the town by patrolling...

Viz: The Game

Viz: The Game

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Viz: The Game is an action game where the players run through various scrolling environments. It is based on a British comic magazine VIZ which, like the game, features lots of crude humour and fart jokes. The player controls one of the 3 Viz characters - Johnny Fartpants, Buster Gonad, or Biffa Bacon. The race takes place in five different scrolling environments; country, town, building site, beach and a disco. During the race you have to dodge traps and other characters from the VIZ comics. There are also two mini-games for each character which include Pint Drinking, blowing up balloons with...

Viz: The Game

Viz: The Game

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Viz: The Game is an action game where the players run through various scrolling environments. It is based on a British comic magazine VIZ which, like the game, features lots of crude humour and fart jokes. The player controls one of the 3 Viz characters - Johnny Fartpants, Buster Gonad, or Biffa Bacon. The race takes place in five different scrolling environments; country, town, building site, beach and a disco. During the race you have to dodge traps and other characters from the VIZ comics. There are also two mini-games for each character which include Pint Drinking, blowing up balloons with...

Wonderland

Wonderland

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Alice was sitting at the river bank with her sister and got drowsy. Suddenly, she sees a white rabbit who was hurrying somewhere, muttering something to himself. Curious, Alice follows the rabbit into a hole that leads into a bizarre world populated by strange and exotic creatures. Alice has to use her wits in order to understand Wonderland's twisted laws of logic, and figure out a way to return home. Wonderland is a text adventure with graphics, based on Lewis Carroll's classic novel Alice in Wonderland. The game follows the book's general story, while adding many descriptions, locations...

Zyto

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

For reasons unknown, you have been sent to the city of Zyto to destroy it. To help you in your quest you have a truck carrying a rocket which you use to traverse the six levels of the city. To destroy the city you have to collect six pieces of a bomb to place on the lowest level which destroys the outer defences allowing you to shoot the inner defences. Your truck can travel over various rough terrains but some obstacles like gaps in the ground or water require blocks to be placed to allow you carry on moving. Here you can send the rocket to find and collect the blocks to place in your path....

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