Alternative Software

Confusion

Confusion

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

A huge 64 storey automated industrial plant used for the production and storage of deadly Confuzion Bombs versus a highly intelligent and quick thinking mind (yours!)! The Objective : To destroy the complete complex by eliminating the entire explosive stock pile. Confuzion : Its features include Bonus levels, Extra Sparks, Skill Stepping, Speed Spark and Multiplayer options. A totally addictive and frustrating arcade game using a fresh and original playing concept. The Fuzion Of Mind And Machine.

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

Bandits have overrun Dodge City, determined to escape with the loot. As the sheriff, it's your job to stop them in a game resembling Commando without the military setting. Your character has limited ammo, and can replenish this by walking over dead soldiers. You must also watch your thirst level, and head into the hotel at the top of the screen before it reaches zero. As well as the bandits, their horse regularly crosses the screen and must be avoided.

Druids Moon

Druids Moon

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

A text adventure written by Charles A. Sharpe and published by Alternative Software and Top Ten Software

Endzone

Endzone

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Endzone gives you the chance to manage an American Football team and take them from Division Two to Division One and win the Superbowl. There are a variety of options available but the choices that affect your team and results are limited with you able to change your team and buy and sell players. Once you are happy with your choices then you can play the next game. The match highlights screen consists of just text and you watch a clock count upwards through the four quarters and any scoring incident appears as it happens.

The Final Gate

The Final Gate

Commodore Amiga CD32 - Released - July 1, 1996

The Final Gate is a full motion video rail shooter. The player is seated in the front of a speedboat that is moving down a river. The boat is moving forward automatically and the player's input is limited to moving a crosshair over the video footage.

Flunky

Flunky

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

A Flunky is a male servant who must do routine jobs for his masters; in this game you are a Flunky and your masters are the British Royal Family. There are five tasks to be undertaken – light all the fires, fetching a toy boat from the bath for Prince Andrew, some freckles for Fergie, a wig for Diana, and a mystery task for the Queen. To gain access to each room, you need the signatures of particular royals along the way. Flunky is an arcade adventure using the same game system as other Don Priestley's Trapdoor license – large sprites overlaid onto block objects, seemingly designed around...

Football Frenzy

Football Frenzy

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Fragile Allegiance

Fragile Allegiance

Windows - March 31, 1997

Freddy Hardest

Freddy Hardest

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1987

The most irreverent playboy of all the galaxy, heir of a great fortune, has a totally irresponsible life, given to uncontrolled drunks, endless celebrations and excesses of all kind. After one of his last "little" parties he decided to take the controls of his spaceship in not very appropriated conditions to pilot, so our sidereal playboy went to play with meteorites under the effects of drunkenness. Evidently this diversion could not have finished very well, he crashed with a meteorite, lost the control of his spaceship and fell with it to planet Ternat's moon, where it's located the enemy...

Geo-Matrix

Commodore 64 - 1992

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

Acorn Electron - Released - September 1, 1987

GRAHAM GOOCH'S TEST CRICKET is an accurate simulation of the game which allows you to stage test matches in your own living room - with the aid of your home computer. There are two modes of operation. Simulation mode is like watching a game of cricket - once you've chosen the teams and the game is under way, you can just sit back and watch it if you like. However, you needn't just be a spectator - whether your team is batting or bowling, you can make tactical changes whenever you wish. In arcade mode, you must be alert at all times. A careless stroke or a loose over could cost the match.

Grebit

Grebit

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Help Freddie Frog and his chumps get some safely. Take care on that bumpy road, watch out the traffic gets worse, don't stay in one spot too long or you'll end up one flat frog. GULP! Now you've got to cross a raging river by leaping from log to log - be careful there's a strong current. Can you make it home? Remember frogs have more fun!

Micro Olympics

Micro Olympics

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Eleven Track 'N' Field style events are recreated in this joystick-waggling based game. Five are simple running events of different distances ranging from 100 meters to 1500 meters. Unlike Daley Thompson's Decathlon the longer events don't involve a different technique, or different performance measurements, making the 1500m quite tiring. There are also three throwing events (Javelin, Discus and Hammer), and the High / Long / Triple Jump events. Each event has a pre-defined world record to chase.

Mineshaft

Mineshaft

Acorn Electron - Released - November 1, 1985

Your aim is to collect all the lumps of coal in the twenty rooms of the Mineshaft. You have to be quick, daring and sometimes near suicidal to accomplish your task, and beware - you only have a limited air supply! The game should be compatible with all joysticks. To collect the lumps of coal you will have to move and jump around the screen. Sometimes you must jump whilst also moving sideways. Watch out for the disintegrating sludge which disappears as you walk over it. (Hint: It disintegrates more slowly if you bounce along it!) Watch out for the obstacles that may kill you! After...

Monkey Magic

Monkey Magic

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Based on the original television series that ran from 1978 to 1980, the player controls Monkey as he makes his way through four levels and rescue the princess from the evil dragon. In the first level, the player rides a cloud, and must use lightning bolts to destroy three waves of flying creatures. In the second level, the player must collect all the fruit while avoiding or jumping over creatures. Vines and ladders must be navigated in order to get some fruit. The third level has the player navigating a steep cliff. Four birds drop rocks onto the path, causing it to crack. The player must jump...

Playdays

Playdays

Commodore 64 - Released - 1993

Based on the children’s TV series aired on BBC, Playdays has over 10 educational activities designed for preschoolers ages three to eight. There are four levels of difficulty, and the program automatically adjusts the levels based on the child’s ability. Players meet Why, Bird, Lizzie, Peggy, Patch, and Wobble and learn about numbers, word recognition, reading, spelling, logic, reasoning, memory, observation, coordination, shapes and colours. The game has over 250 pictures included.

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1985

The activities of the RAF's famous aircraft display team are brought to life in this simulation. The player can take part in loops, rolls and flypasts, working in tandem with friendly pilots as little as 6ft away, flying at over 300 miles per hour. Instructions are given in-flight; follow the requested height and direction to maximise the visual appeal of the routine and to avoid collisions. Thrust and steering can be automated in flight; this invokes a scoring penalty but allows new players to master the more complex functions. Originally published by Database Software, it was later...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Commodore 128 - Released - 1985

The Rocky Horror Show is a video game, based on the musical of the same name, where you get to control either Brad or Janet in your quest to explore the strange interior over at the Frankenstein place. It's a bit of a mind flip but if you are careful you'll do the time warp, again! Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Search the castle for pieces of the Medusa machine to free your partner from stone and escape the castle before it blasts off. Each one must be taken to the De-Medusa...

Round Ones

Round Ones

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

You control a bat at the bottom of the screen. With this, you must deflect a ball towards a series of blocks at the top. A collision between a block and a ball will usually destroy a block but some blocks have stronger shielding and will take more hits to destroy. Also roaming around some sectors will be conflictors and lasers whose fire will destroy you. You are equipped with a Force Shield which will protect you from these. It also has a useful side effect of deflecting the ball back up the screen and also catches Driblets. Driblets are released by mystery blocks when hit. Catching...

Soccer Boss

Soccer Boss

Acorn Electron - Released - 1985

Britain's No. 1 Football Management Game Four Divisions FA Cup European Cup Cup Winners' Cup Full Game Save Ever fancied yourself as the Manager of a Football team? Ever thought "Why did they buy him?" or "He's a useless manager, I could do better than that!"? Well, now's your chance. Test your decision making and managerial skills with Alternative Software's Football Management game Soccer Boss.

Suburban Commando

Suburban Commando

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up. Based on the Hulk Hogan film Suburban Commando (1991), the game is a wild mix of space shooter, platform jumping and beat-em-up action. Loosely following the storyline of the film, Hogan alias intergalactic hero Shep Ramsey travels through space, crash-lands on earth and beats up the bad guys. The first level is a R-Type-like horizontal space shooter; destroy formations of drones and collect weapon upgrades. After that, you'll enter three platform levels, in which you have to find nine items each. Avoid being shot and...

Tarzan

Tarzan

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

You are Tarzan and you have to pick up Jane! But you have to run a loooong way to get her, through the jungle, dark caves and sinister villages. And as many women do, Jane loves useless gadgets and shiny jewelry. That stuff is scattered across the game and you have to pick it all up, otherwise Jane won't show up.

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Commodore Amiga - 1992

Control Thomas the Tank Engine as he's got to take special trips he has to organise: Take children to the seaside, medicine to the hospital or deliver the mail. Beware of dead ends, level crossings, other trains and vehicles through your route! Based on the famous television and railway series, this game is designed for ages 3 and up.

Thomas The Tank Engine's Fun With Words

Thomas The Tank Engine's Fun With Words

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Using the character from the TV program, Thomas the Tank Engine's Fun With Words is an educational program for young children that helps with their spelling. There are six games to choose from with three or four letter words which can be selected from an option screen as well as lower, upper or mixed case letters. The six games are: Spell Picture - You see a picture and from a selection of letters you spell the word What's Wrong - From the picture shown you select which letter is wrong in the word and replace it with the correct letter Mix and Match - There are five words with the letters...

Who Dares Wins II

Who Dares Wins II

Commodore 64 - Released - October 16, 1985

Only the bravest volunteer for the ultimate suicide mission to free lost compatriots held prisoner by the armies of death, the forces of oppression. Only the fearless dare take up a challenge where courage and endurance are as essential as intelligence and skill. Compulsive. Action packed. Step forward, modern day hero, you'll never know how good you really are until you've tested yourself on the ultimate mission.

Zalaga

Zalaga

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Zalaga is a computer game by Nick Pelling. It was developed and published by Aardvark Software and re-released by Alternative Software for the BBC Microcomputer and Electron. It was also ported to the Commodore 64 in 1989. Zalaga is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that is almost identical to Galaga. The player controls his space ship along the bottom of the screen and has to shoot at the aliens that move around above him. The enemies fly in formations and will either try to shoot or collide with the player's ship. Once all of the aliens have been killed the player moves on to the next level....

Zoids

Zoids

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

In this game you are a visiting Earthman, caught in the war between ancient enemies. After you crashed, you joined your rescuers in their war for survival. You are the blue side; your enemies are colored red. You control a gigantic battle-robot, called a Zoid, to attack and defeat other Zoids. The action takes place from within the cockpit. You have to learn a new way of looking at the world, as your only contact with outside is through the instrument panels of the Zoid. This is not intuitive--it takes some reading, some experimentation, and lots of practice. What you see on the screen...

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