Alternative Software

Arcade Extravaganza

Arcade Extravaganza

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Compilation of three games: BMX Ninja: The game objective is to survive for as long as possible. To proceed to the next location, you must dismount 8 BMX bikers. Ninja Scooters and Skateboarders do not count towards this total. Microball: Pinball game. Hitting various targets on the pin-table will increase the bonus and hitting all 5 drop targets on the left of the table will advance the bonus multiplier. If the bonus multiplier is on 5X and all 5 drop targets are hit, then an extra ball will be awarded. Eliminator: Pilot your Skystrike Attack Craft to the vicinity of...

Atom Smash

Atom Smash

Acorn Electron - Released - December 1, 1988

Atomsmash The nuclei of all elements with less than 17 electrons have become unstable. In an effort to save the universe, you are your ship have been reduced to sub-atomic size. Five 'gluons' have been provided for each element. Collect each one from the bottom of the screen and take it to the nucleus. To leave a gluon in the nucleus, stop between the dotted lines. Be careful not to touch anything and hurry, there isn't much time left! Knockout Try to stop the wall advancing up by knocking the bricks out with a cannon ball. The cannon ball moves back and forth along the...

Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

This game is based on the sport Australian rules football, or Aussie rules. It has two teams playing against each other in four, three minutes quarters and the aim is to score the most points at the end of the game to win. A goal, also known as a sausage roll, is scored if the ball goes through the middle posts and is worth six points while a behind is scored if the ball goes between the side posts, this is worth one point. You can earn possession by tackling the opposition to win the ball. There is also a chance that while in possession you can drop the ball which may cause you to lose...

Bug Eyes II

Bug Eyes II

Acorn Electron - Released - June 1, 1988

Light years from Earth lies the rusting hulk of the Xxabanean flagship, disabled while on its mission to vapuourise our planet by the super-heroine Space Agent Zelda! She managed to destroy its power source, but was captured in the attempt and locked away in the depths of a distant and desolate asteroid. You, as Space Agent Starman, must penetrate the defences of the ship and collect the 25 keys required to free Zelda from her intergalactic prison. But beware. Some of the old Xxabanean booby traps are still in operation and strange alien creatures have moved into the empty hulk. You only...

California Run

California Run

Atari 800 - Released - 1988

Cartoon Capers

Cartoon Capers

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Compilation of three cartoon games on one disk: DANGERMOUSE IN DOUBLE TROUBLE: While relaxing in his Mayfair penthouse flat, DM receives a phone call from Colonel K, head of security. News has just arrived about Greenback's latest scheme. Greenback and his henchmen are in the process of building an android Danger Mouse. YOGI BEAR: Grim tidings from Jellystone Park, folks! Yogi's little pal Boo-Boo has been bearnapped by a mean hunter, planning to make some loot by selling him to a circus. Boo-Boo is locked in a cage near the hunter's cabin . . . somewhere in Jellystone. Only Boo-Boo's...

Castle Top

Castle Top

Atari 800 - Released - 1986

The year: 1502 Your childhood sweetheart and bride to be, Jessica, has been captured by Frederick, Lord of Alconbury and is held in one of the high towers of Alconbury Castle. Unless you agree to help him in his attempt to overthrow the King, she will suffer a slow and painful death. You, being a noble Knight, would rather die attempting to rescue Jessica from her ‘fate worse than death’, than to help Lord Frederick in his evil task. Your plan is this: Climb the castle battlements, avoiding the spear throwing guards and many other objects that block you in your quest. As you do not...

Championship Baseball

Championship Baseball

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

In this traditional baseball simulation, gameplay takes place mainly on a split screen.One side shows an overview of the field, the other showing the batter, with the latter view disappearing when the ball is hit. The game requires you to "draft" a team before play, composing the best possible squad based on each player's skill attributes. The game also allows a semblance of managerial control, and has an optional batting practice mode to warm up. It then allows you to play individual games, or participate in a 4 division, 24-team championship.

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.

Count Duckula 2 featuring Tremendous Terence

Count Duckula 2 featuring Tremendous Terence

Amstrad CPC - 1992

Count Duckula 2 is a continuation of Count Duckula. It's a game based on the cartoon series. In this game, the Count went to Planet Cute, and he must now escape back to Transylvania. He has to avoid the teddies and fluffy bunnies, and has a "ketchup gun" with limited ammo - his task is to get from the left of the screen to the right.

Cricket Crazy

Cricket Crazy

Amstrad CPC

The secluded Caribbean island of St. Malcolm is getting a visit from a cricket team from the UK to play the islanders with a hidden agenda to get the rights to the local natural resource, Guano. You are the manager of the team as you fly towards the island but things don't go too well as you get hijacked and later crash the plane. After surviving the crash, your aim is to get yourself and the team to the cricket ground where the game is going to be played. Cricket Crazy is a graphic text adventure where the screen has a picture of your location and text describing what you can see. You type in...

Dalek Attack

Dalek Attack

Atari ST - Released - 1992

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story sees you trying to stop the Daleks from invading earth with help from your companions. The gameplay starts with you flying along the sewers of London on a hover platform blasting monsters with your laser. In later levels the gameplay turns to on foot platform jumping and shooting Daleks and Robomen with your sonic screwdriver and grenades. There are three different incarnations of the doctor for you to play as well as three different companions for a second player to play co-operatively.

Dalek Attack

Dalek Attack

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1992

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story sees you trying to stop the Daleks from invading earth with help from your companions. The gameplay starts with you flying along the sewers of London on a hover platform blasting monsters with your laser. In later levels the gameplay turns to on foot platform jumping and shooting Daleks and Robomen with your sonic screwdriver and grenades. There are three different incarnations of the doctor for you to play as well as three different companions for a second player to play co-operatively.

Danger Mouse in Double Trouble

Danger Mouse in Double Trouble

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

Baron Greenback has created a clone of Danger Mouse, and needless to say his intentions are not good. Naturally, Danger Mouse springs into action, across three distinct stages of gameplay with platform and shoot 'em up elements. The first section involves flying along in your Aerocar, shooting as many of the bad guys as possible while avoiding as many as possible. The second involves avoiding contact with wild cats and monkeys by jumping on the backs of crocodiles. The final section involves destroying the power apparatus of Greenback's doppelganger in time to save Penfold.

Danger Mouse in Making Whoopee

Danger Mouse in Making Whoopee

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

Based on the animated series, this game has Danger Mouse trying to foil Baron Greenback's latest attempt at world domination through hundreds of whoopee cushions which he'll place on United Nations seats to cause chaos. The evil toad has also kidnapped your friend Penfold whom you must rescue. It consists of two parts: a 3D maze, and platforming areas. Driving your Mousemobile around town, you must find warehouses with items you can use to give to characters so that they will not block your path. There are also store rooms where you can exchange items. You then will find electricity...

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive

Acorn Electron - Released - November 8, 1988

You, as the sheriff of Dodge (the bullets) City, must stop the bandits getting away ith the bags of money from the City Bank, and freeing their comrades in jail. But stopping baddies takes it out of you a bit, so you have to keep an eye on your 'Thirst Level'. If it gets too low you can always pop into the Hotel for a quick drink with the lads from the O.K. Corral. If your ammo gets too low, just walk over the body of a dead bandit, before he disappears and you will get more ammo. Keep an eye out for Neddie, the bandits' faithful horse. If you get in his way, you will be...

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.

Desmond's Dungeon

Desmond's Dungeon

Atari 800 - Released - 1988

The game is in two parts; in the first part you (Desmond) are running about a dungeon recovering bags of gold dropped by the fiendish Alfonso, who will also fly by sometimes and try to bomb you if he sees you stealing his gold. There are various hazards and creatures to avoid, and to complicate things, when you are carrying a bag of gold to take them to the surface you cannot jump. In the second part you are in the Vault, and the objective is to throw bags up in the air (via the fire button) to be caught by passing "grabs". You must avoid bombs, eggs, spiders and fireballs to get enough...

Double Dare

Double Dare

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1991

Double Dare is the computer version of the game show originally hosted by Marc Summers. Like the TV show, the game is basically a trivia game with the added enhancement of being able to answer the question, or take a dare. Dares consist of the Toss-up Challenge, the Physical Challenge, and in the last round, the Obstacle Course. Questions are varied, and in large enough number to avoid excessive repetition even over several games worth of play.

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. You start in a bedroom with no guidance. You must examine your world and determine the best way to go. Gather the tools you need. But if all goes well you may keep yourself safe in this shifting world and be of service to others in the process.

Druids Moon

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Druids Moon brings back Tommy Astle, the hero from one of Charles'earlier games, Werewolf Simulator. We learn that Tommy has always had an interest in the magic and culture of the Druids. Now, with an intense feeling of being called by someone or something, he has travelled into the depths of the English countryside to learn his fate. He is staying at an olde worlde inn at Aven-bury. It is here that we join him at the start of an adventure that may well change his whole life. Mapping is not quite so devious as in Werewolf Simulator, but you must still take care to explore the terrain with...

Druids Moon

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

Druids Moon brings back Tommy Astle, the hero from one of Charles'earlier games, Werewolf Simulator. We learn that Tommy has always had an interest in the magic and culture of the Druids. Now, with an intense feeling of being called by someone or something, he has travelled into the depths of the English countryside to learn his fate. He is staying at an olde worlde inn at Aven-bury. It is here that we join him at the start of an adventure that may well change his whole life. Mapping is not quite so devious as in Werewolf Simulator, but you must still take care to explore the terrain with...

Endzone

Endzone

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

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.

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.

European Soccer Challenge

European Soccer Challenge

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1990

European Soccer Challenge allows you to play as one of fourteen European football teams (including the mighty Wrexham) against another player or the computer. Options include the number of players, your skill level and the team you want to play as. The match is viewed from above showing a small part of the pitch. The joystick controls the nearest player to the ball and the fire button allows you to shoot or pass. The keyboard is used to select your options on the menu screens.

Excalibur: Sword of Kings

Excalibur: Sword of Kings

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

I Merlin, set you your quest . . . Enter the Castle, Find Excalibur, Slay the she-wizard, And rescue Good King Arthur, disposing of any evil creatures along the way. Remember It's up to you!

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

As manager of Grimsditch Rangers you have achieved the impossible by getting the team to the Cup final. It is now Wednesday and the final is on Saturday but everything that can go wrong is going wrong, the kit needs washing, bills paying, strikers wanting to leave are one of the many problems you will face to get your team ready for the final. Football Frenzy is a graphic text adventure with text describing your locations and pictures showing what you see. You type in commands with the keyboard to interact with the locations and various objects.

Football Frenzy

Football Frenzy

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

As manager of Grimsditch Rangers you have achieved the impossible by getting the team to the Cup final. It is now Wednesday and the final is on Saturday but everything that can go wrong is going wrong, the kit needs washing, bills paying, strikers wanting to leave are one of the many problems you will face to get your team ready for the final. Football Frenzy is a graphic text adventure with text describing your locations and pictures showing what you see. You type in commands with the keyboard to interact with the locations and various objects.

Freddy Hardest

Freddy Hardest

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - January 1, 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...

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 - Released - 1992

Gilbert: Escape from Drill

Gilbert: Escape from Drill

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Gilbert: Escape from Drill is an action game based on the animation series Gilbert. Gilbert, a disgusting alien, has come home after finishing shooting his current TV series. He needs to leave the planet Drill soon because he needs to sign his next contract - but unfortunately the population of Drill are sick of Gilebrt's arrogance. So they stole important parts of his space ship and hid them in town. The town is a maze-like structure where various enemies try to harm Gilbert, but by using his snot he can oppose them. Killing enough enemies on the same screen cause a power up to appear...

Ginormous Collection

Ginormous Collection

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1992

A compilation of 20 games: Army Moves Australian Rules Football BMX Ninja Combat Zone Dead or Alive Everyone's a Wally Game Over Grid Iron 2 Gunboat Pro Mountain Bike Simulator Punch & Judy Rally Driver The Real Stunt Experts Red Arrows Rugby Boss Run for Gold The Boss Soccer Challenge Strike Force Cobra Turbo Girl

Gold or Glory

Gold or Glory

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

The time is summer 1988, the place is Seoul, Korea, the reason, the Olympic Games. You are the women's javelin coach and you are worried our two great medal hopes have not been performing their best since arriving two weeks ago. SOMETHING is amiss. It is Wednesday. If you cannot resolve the problem in time for the event on Saturday, our medal hopes will go down the tube. But where do you start? In your hotel of course so get on with it, there is not much time left!

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.

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

Time to get your bat and pads, put on the whites and have a game of cricket. In this computer version of the game, you have the choice of length of game (40, 50, 60 overs or two innings), how many players (one or two), skill level (one to nine) and whether you want to play a simulation or arcade version. You then choose your eleven players for each team: wicket-keepers, slip catchers and bowlers. The main game is viewed showing a small part of the field from behind the bowler at an elevated angle. Also shown: the batters, wicket-keeper and slip catcher. In simulation mode you control the...

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!

Grid Iron 2

Grid Iron 2

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

This (American) football management game uses a menu-driven system. There are 16 teams to choose from; the Dolphins, Packers and 49ers are all in there. Players are rated out of 10 on skill, energy and form. Player trading is handled in a soccer-style transfer market, rather than with a US 'draft' format - mid-season trades for money are common. Matches have no direct tactical input, and are viewed from remote highlight shots, which do not have the distinct pitch markings of the original (an old Softstone game released under three different names).

Henry's Hoard

Henry's Hoard

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Henry is a greedy gnome. His quest lies in Bloodgore Castle - to steal the Golden Hoard, the ultimate treasure. Bloodgore Castle is guarded by armies of vicious creatures with magical powers. Each section of the castle is represented by a screen and Henry has to battle his way through 50 different locations. To complete his quest Henry has to visit every room and collect over 200 magical items on his journey. The ghouls that try to stop Henry include dastardly dwarves and evil elves. Other nasties too foul to name also wander and patrol the castle. Henry can walk left and right and...

Hideous

Hideous

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1992

Searching for a new power source, scientists have been working on Delta Radiation. This form of radiation is far stronger than thought and has started seeping out of its container. This has caused the underground life forms to mutate. The mutants now want to destroy the plant and the world. You have been chosen to drive a tank and enter the complex to destroy the mutants and to stop the radiation from leaking. There is one source of the leak on four levels and each one must be stopped. To do this, eight lead blocks have to be collected one at a time and placed around the container. Once one...

Howzat!

Howzat!

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Howzat! is a cricket management game for two players, licensed by controversial former Somerset captain Brian Rose on its initial release. Both one-day and multiple-day test matches can be played, with the 17 county teams and 7 international test-playing nations of the time, plus the option to create your own. Each has a squad of 15 players from which to select your 11 starters, including a captain and a wicket keeper - each has a rating out of 10 for both batting and bowling, which can all be edited. After each ball is bowled the batting team decides whether to risk attempting to take a run....

Huckleberry Hound In Hollywood Capers

Huckleberry Hound In Hollywood Capers

Atari ST - Released - 1993

Based on the famous animated series created by Hanna-Barbera Productions about sweet blue dog Huckleberry 'Huck' Hound that speaks with a southern drawl and wants to find an appropriate job. So Huck as amateur Hollywood actor should complete many acts in the different scenes (Under World, Sea World, Canyon World, and Sky World), which may be available later by entering the proper code, using three takes. The goal of gameplay is to clear each level of diamonds (increasing your score), hearts (increasing your bone energy), and Oscar (increasing your score also) jumping from the bottom of...

Huxley Pig

Huxley Pig

Amstrad CPC - 1991

All Huxley Pig wants to do is go to bed and daydream about being a pilot, chef and sailor. Problem is that he has left the front door open which has let in creepy crawlies and various characters who have hidden his toys and pilot, chef and sailor outfits. All items must be collected before Huxley can go to bed and have his special daydreams. Various items must be collected so Huxley can walk past the characters who are blocking parts of the house to collect items which will help him complete his mission. Beware of touching the creepy crawlies and characters as your energy will slowly...

Indoor Soccer

Indoor Soccer

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Indoor football is recreated in this game notable for the large amount of colour clash during play. There are walls around the pitch, off which the ball ricochets in play, and 5 players on each team. There are no dead-ball plays other than centres and penalties. 3 skill levels are available, as are 2-player games. Off-the-ball fighting is a common feature of the game, which can lead to penalties being awarded.

Indoor Soccer

Indoor Soccer

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Indoor football is recreated in this game notable for the large amount of colour clash during play. There are walls around the pitch, off which the ball ricochets in play, and 5 players on each team. There are no dead-ball plays other than centres and penalties. 3 skill levels are available, as are 2-player games. Off-the-ball fighting is a common feature of the game, which can lead to penalties being awarded.

Indoor Soccer

Indoor Soccer

Acorn Electron - Released - April 1, 1989

Indoor Soccer is a two player indoor football simulation. The names of the teams may be altered, as may the controls and the duration of a game. You control either the black or white player who is filled in yellow. This player is automatically chosen for you by the computer. Control of the goalkeeper is acquired by pressing the 'Kick' key whilst the ball is in the goal mouth. The ball will also rebound off the edges of the pitch.

Kentucky Racing

Kentucky Racing

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1990

In most funfairs or theme parks you would find a stall which lets you participate in a horse race against other people. Customers throw a ball trying to get it into a hole. If the ball enters the hole the their horse will move. The further away the hole, the further the horse will move. The winner receives a prize. Welcome to the computer version of this game. You first enter how many players (1 or 2), the name of your horses and choose between easy or hard. Then the actual game begins. There are nine classic races to participate in including Ascot and The Kentucky Derby. Flat and jump...

Leapster

Leapster

Atari 800 - 1988

Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

The 'Top Secret' Sink - lair factories have been taken over by the neonasty organisation, the dreaded 'Surclives'. Your mission - armed only with an electro magnetic screwdriver and a license to kill, you must recover the prototype C7 3/4 and make your escape. This vital mission is entrusted to you, the best secret agent the country has and with your track record, we know you can do it. The time limit on solving computer codes is 1 minute 15 secs (bar display). Cheat code is entered while "Press space to continue" message is scrolling and has various effects. The cheat code...

Lifeterm

Lifeterm

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

You are Jake Stalin and you have been wrongly found guilty of murder. With no death penalty you have been placed on a planet called Souzel and you are in charge of processing rubbish into raw materials from a dozen surrounding planets. This is to be your new home till your death. Can you escape this planet or will you spend the rest of your days recycling other peoples waste? Life-Term is a graphic text adventure where you can see a picture of your surroundings as you read text describing what you see. You type in commands to solve puzzles and complete tasks.

Life-Term

Life-Term

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

You are Jake Stalin and you have been wrongly found guilty of murder. With no death penalty you have been placed on a planet called Souzel and you are in charge of processing rubbish into raw materials from a dozen surrounding planets. This is to be your new home till your death. Can you escape this planet or will you spend the rest of your days recycling other peoples waste? Life-Term is a graphic text adventure where you can see a picture of your surroundings as you read text describing what you see. You type in commands to solve puzzles and complete tasks.

Metalyx

Metalyx

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

It is the year 2389 and three years of war with an alien race has just come to an end. During the war, Earth's 'Metalyx' type power satellites were shut down and protected by a robotic defence system. However, this defence system has been damaged by continuous alien attacks on the satellites and it can no longer tell the difference between friend or foe. Your task is to take your repair craft to each of these satellites and re-attach the floating power pod to it's position on the satellite. The power pod is recognisable by the fact that it is the only spinning object. Before you can obtain a...

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.

Microball

Microball

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1988

A pinball game for up to four players. The game features one simple pinball table. Lighting up the letters ABC at the top of the table scores 10,000 points (The letters can be rotated by the player). Also includes most of the usual pinball features, including bonus multipliers.

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...

Moon Cresta

Moon Cresta

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Moon Cresta is a vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up. The action involves the player moving their ship along the base of the screen, while wave after wave of aliens come towards it. The yellow aliens split when shot, while the magenta ones are the toughest of all. Once the coast is clear, the player must attempt to manually dock their ship in a limited amount of time. Docking successfully will earn the player bonus points.

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

You are a historian and a member of the London Archaeological Society, so you Sir James Wentworth have been sent to the Indus Valleys due to your knowledge of South American tribes, customs and Antiquities. Your quest is to find the fabled Scythian Tablet and the Alexandrite's Starstone and bring them back to London but no one has ever returned from the valleys since the area started being explored in the early 1900s. Mystery of the Indus Valley is a graphic text adventure where the screen has text describing your location and a picture of what you can see. You type in commands with the...

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

You are a historian and a member of the London Archaeological Society, so you Sir James Wentworth have been sent to the Indus Valleys due to your knowledge of South American tribes, customs and Antiquities. Your quest is to find the fabled Scythian Tablet and the Alexandrite's Starstone and bring them back to London but no one has ever returned from the valleys since the area started being explored in the early 1900s. Mystery of the Indus Valley is a graphic text adventure where the screen has text describing your location and a picture of what you can see. You type in commands with the...

Night Strike

Night Strike

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Night Strike is a pure machine code program. The object of the game is to retrieve the stolen helicopter called Skyhawk. Guide your helicopter through the various screens, dodging the air mines, the poison clouds and the electrified hydrogen filled balloons. You take off from one "Heli" base and try to land at another. Watch out for the overheating engine!

Night Walk

Night Walk

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1988

In a far away galaxy on the planet Libra in, a time known as 'The Age of the Everliving Ones', the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil rages, devastating the 'Land of the Young' - your home land. Legend says that a warrior will come to unite all the tribes of the 'Land of the Young' into a mighty army but before that he must be tested by The Druids, to ensure he is fit for the task. Night Walk is 2D side scrolling arcade game in dark fantasy world. The player controls an archer. He must go right, kill and avoid enemies like zombies or bats. He has bow, but he must kneel to...

Night Walk (Only released on Atari ST and Amiga, needs to be deleted)

Night Walk (Only released on Atari ST and Amiga, needs to be deleted)

Atari ST - Released - 1988

Night Walk was a 1988 budget game developed by Steven Macilwee and published by Alternative Software for the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga. This game is notable for being one of Alternative Software's first games for the 16-bit home computers. Plot In a far away galaxy on the planet Libra in, a time known as 'The Age of the Everliving Ones', the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil rages, devastating the 'Land of the Young' - your home land. Legend says that a warrior will come to unite all the tribes of the 'Land of the Young' into a mighty army but before that he must...

The Official Father Christmas

The Official Father Christmas

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

The game is set on Christmas Eve, with Santa (Father Christmas) rushing to deliver presents to the entire world. After the player enters his/her name (which is used later in the personal letter to Santa), the first level takes the form of a flip-screen collecting game with Santa at home gathering the scattered pieces of his sleigh. If he collides with one of the elves running around, the item he is carrying is lost and has to be found again. The player chooses six presents they want (computer, doll, book, etc.), which are listed on their letter to Santa. Santa then collects the presents...

Oink!

Oink!

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Oink! is based on the British comic magazine of the same name. The chief editor, Uncle Pigg, has a problem: He is missing many pages for the next issue and the editorial deadline is near. The player needs to play three mini games and, depending on the performance, more or less pages are filled. Said comic pages can be read after finishing the mini games. Pete's Pimble is based on Breakout: the player controls a paddle to prevent a bouncing ball to leave the playfield from the side the paddle is installed. The playfield is full of blocks which are destroyed when the ball touches them - the...

Pixie & Dixie featuring Mr Jinks

Pixie & Dixie featuring Mr Jinks

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Pixie & Dixie featuring Mr. Jinks

Pixie & Dixie featuring Mr. Jinks

Atari ST - Released - 1993

Playdays

Playdays

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

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.

Popeye

Popeye

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

The object of the game is to collect hearts and deliver them to Olive Oyle to keep her 'lovemeter' topped up. Points are scored for hearts delivered. Bluto, UFO's, witches etc try to stop you. Some hearts are behind locked doors so you've got to find the right key to open the door and get them while others can be grabbed simply by jumping up to get them. Somewhere there's a fruit machine for which you need to collect 'spin' items. The game boasts a 'clever multidimensional effect' which allows Popeye to go behind the scenery and go through doors.

Popeye 2

Popeye 2

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1990

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach lovin' hero must once again rescue Olive Oyl and make mincemeat of Bluto while looking after Swee'Pea, feeding Wimpy and keeping an eye on Jeep. Popeye has four different levels to traverse through. His initial adventure takes him to a construction site where bouncing springs, falling girders and open welding flames impede his progress. Rolling barrels, and bombs which must be touched to be put out also stand to cause harm. In every level scattered hamburgers must be collected...

Popeye 2

Popeye 2

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach lovin' hero must once again rescue Olive Oyl and make mincemeat of Bluto while looking after Swee'Pea, feeding Wimpy and keeping an eye on Jeep. Popeye has four different levels to traverse through. His initial adventure takes him to a construction site where bouncing springs, falling girders and open welding flames impede his progress. Rolling barrels, and bombs which must be touched to be put out also stand to cause harm. In every level scattered hamburgers must be collected...

Popeye 2

Popeye 2

Atari ST - Released - 1992

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach lovin' hero must once again rescue Olive Oyl and make mincemeat of Bluto while looking after Swee'Pea, feeding Wimpy and keeping an eye on Jeep. Popeye has four different levels to traverse through. His initial adventure takes him to a construction site where bouncing springs, falling girders and open welding flames impede his progress. Rolling barrels, and bombs which must be touched to be put out also stand to cause harm. In every level scattered hamburgers must be collected...

Popeye 3: WrestleCrazy

Popeye 3: WrestleCrazy

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1992

Popeye has been kidnapped by the evil aliens Kraggs and taken to a desolate asteroid on the edge of the Galaxy. To find out which planets are weak, wrestling matches will be fought. The losers' planets will be conquered. Popeye has to wrestle five other aliens to keep Earth safe. To help Popeye to win is Olive Oyl and Wimpy who throw spinach and hamburgers into the ring to keep up Popeye's energy. Collect enough spinach and Popeye can use his special move Turbo Typhoon Technique. The alien opponents will collect the hamburgers as well. Brutus is also at the fight and will throw in bombs to...

Postman Pat 2

Postman Pat 2

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Postman Pat's rounds for this morning take him through the streets to several different houses, all indicated by black arrows. Unfortunately, his van has broken down, so he must do his rounds on foot. The first job is to find a collect the pile of letters. Watch out for stray hens. Make sure to drink plenty of tea to ensure that he is up to the tasks. That is not all he must do though - being a pillar of the community he is always prepared to help out when his friends need a favour. These may involve collecting and using objects (only one can be carried at a time), or finding other people...

Postman Pat 3: To the Rescue

Postman Pat 3: To the Rescue

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

Postman Pat 3 is a conversion of a Amstrad CPC/Atari ST game of the same name, which concludes the Postman Pat series that started out quite promisingly in 1988. In the game you are (of course) Postman Pat, driving around in your red van to deliver mail to people's houses. Your task, similar to Paperboy, is to deliver all these mail within a given time limit. The problem is that the game gives you no clue of where the person lives, so you have to drive around town to find the correct location. Along the way, you have to dodge the roadworks as well as reckless drivers who drive on the wrong...

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Atari 800 - Released - 1989

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator allows you to ride over a course with various obstacles against a friend or the computer in the day or at night. The game is split screen and is viewed from the side and scrolls from left to right when you move your bike. You press right to move your bike, move up or down to steer and to change gears you hold down the fire button and press up or down. Certain obstacles like logs and holes can't be ridden over so you press fire to get off your bike and push it. Hitting an object throws you off your bike and wastes time and the winner is the person who finishes the...

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator allows you to ride over a course with various obstacles against a friend or the computer in the day or at night. The game is split screen and is viewed from the side and scrolls from left to right when you move your bike. You press right to move your bike, move up or down to steer and to change gears you hold down the fire button and press up or down. Certain obstacles like logs and holes can't be ridden over so you press fire to get off your bike and push it. Hitting an object throws you off your bike and wastes time and the winner is the person who finishes the...

Ready Steady Go

Ready Steady Go

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Ready Steady Go is a series of mini games for one or two players and can be played by keyboard or joystick. The mini games must be completed in order and, in single player mode the computer provides an opponent and a qualifying score must be achieved before you can progress to the next game. Game 1 : Track Hurdling In this game the player(s) must hit left and right action keys in order to build up speed around a track. As a hurdle is approached the player(s) hit the 'Fire' key to make their player jump. The race is is over five laps and there is no need to steer or guide your player around...

The Real Stunt Experts

The Real Stunt Experts

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

You take the role of stuntman Fred MacMuscle who has been down on his luck but is offered to handle the stunts for a new series - Ricky Steel, Secret Agent. The caveat is that you are expected to cover your own insurance for each of the dangerous stunts. Completing each stunt scene will give you a certain amount of money that allows you to pay for the insurance for each stunt. The stunts vary from driving a car along a track, using ramps to jump over obstacles while shooting or avoiding others to flying a helicopter to rescue prisoners of war and rescue hostages from a burning building.

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...

Rik the Roadie

Rik the Roadie

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1988

You are Rik, roadie to the world famous pop group, "Alternative Rock". In order for Alternative Rock to stay popular, you, as their roadie, must get all their equipment to the gig, take it into the hall, and set up the sound levels before the gig starts. Get to the gig as quickly as possible, avoiding all oncoming traffic. Hitting anything will cost you time, as your van is repaired. Once you are at the gig, you have to carry the equipment from the van into the hall. As amplifiers and speakers are very heavy, you cannot hold them for very long. Move as fast as possible before your endurance...

River Rescue

River Rescue

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1983

River Raid with side-scrolling? Exactly, that's what River Rescue like. A team of important scientists have become trapped in a dangerous jungle. It's at you, boarding your powerful river gun-boat, to collect the reward offered for their rescue. Floating logs, menacing crocodiles, enemy helicopters dropping mines on you - can you save the scientists?

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...

Rugby Boss

Rugby Boss

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

Rugby Boss allows you to manage a team in the form of rugby popular in the North of England and take them from Division 2 and become champions of Division 1 as well as any cups. You have various options like buying and selling players, selecting your team and looking at the fixtures and League Table. Once you are happy with your selections it is on to the next game which is just represented by text. You see a timer counting upwards to 80 mins and the names of both teams playing. Text appears when any scoring incident occurs.

Rugby Boss

Rugby Boss

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Rugby Boss allows you to manage a team in the form of rugby popular in the North of England and take them from Division 2 and become champions of Division 1 as well as any cups. You have various options like buying and selling players, selecting your team and looking at the fixtures and League Table. Once you are happy with your selections it is on to the next game which is just represented by text. You see a timer counting upwards to 80 mins and the names of both teams playing. Text appears when any scoring incident occurs.

S*M*A*S*H*E*D

S*M*A*S*H*E*D

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Pigseye Peers is a newly-qualified surgeon sent to join the mobile military hospital unit in Korea - the Strangest Mobile Army Surgical Hospital East of Detroit, or S*M*A*S*H*E*D for short. Thus, the game is a clear spoof of the very popular TV series, M*A*S*H*. It is an adventure using text inputs with occasional graphics. Your job is to get a still back, but you have no idea where it is nor how to get it - the supplied instructions offer little more than a command list. Usually, you will get a description of the room, as well as a listing of items, vehicles, and possible exits. To go in...

Shootacular

Shootacular

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

A compilation of three games: Combat Zone Firestorm Dead or Alive

Snapperazzi

Snapperazzi

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

If there was ever a game that could win an award for being the most sponsored in the software industry, this would have to be it. Not only is The Sun newspaper behind it, but so are Fizzy Chewits and Domino Pizzas. It's a shame they had to sponsor such a terrible game. No, scratch that, Snapperazzi is staggeringly terrible. You play the Snapper, a small but willing photographer who wants to get into the world of the paparazzi. To prove his worth to The Sun editor, he has to race around some large, jerky levels, taking pictures of some of the most misshapen sprites ever seen, while...

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.

Soccer Boss

Soccer Boss

BBC Microcomputer System - 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.

Sooty & Sweep

Sooty & Sweep

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1989

Sooty & Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than fifty years. This platformer is the first game featuring the characters and they have got themselves into some problems. Matthew has gone out and left Sooty in charge of the house. Problem is that Sweep has left all his old bones all over the house and left the door to the garden open so that all kinds of bugs have gotten in. The game simply involves collecting all of the bones while avoiding the creepy crawlies that are occupying the house. The player can choose to play as either...

Sooty & Sweep

Atari ST - Released - 1992

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than fifty years. This platformer is the first game featuring the characters and they have got themselves into some problems. Matthew has gone out and left Sooty in charge of the house. Problem is that Sweep has left all his old bones all over the house and left the door to the garden open so that all kinds of bugs have gotten in. The game simply involves collecting all of the bones while avoiding the creepy crawlies that are occupying the house. The player can choose to play as...

Sooty & Sweep

Sooty & Sweep

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than fifty years. This platformer is the first game featuring the characters and they have got themselves into some problems. Matthew has gone out and left Sooty in charge of the house. Problem is that Sweep has left all his old bones all over the house and left the door to the garden open so that all kinds of bugs have gotten in. The game simply involves collecting all of the bones while avoiding the creepy crawlies that are occupying the house. The player can choose to play as...

Spitfire 40

Spitfire 40

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

A Spitfire flight simulator with practice and combat modes. The practice mode allows you to master takeoff, flying including aerobatics and landing without having to worry about enemy aircraft. In combat mode you fly missions and you can engage in aerial dogfights. Spitfire '40 was originally published for the BBC Micro by Mirrorsoft and later re-released on the budget label Alternative Software.

Spitfire '40

Spitfire '40

Acorn Electron - Released - February 1, 1988

Spitfire 40 is not only the closest you're likely to come to flying one of the most famous aircraft of all time - it's a spectacular wartime adventure as well. As a young Spitfire pilot in 1940, you'll be trained in the techniques required to fly a Spitfire. You'll be able to practise your combat skills, before going on missions in full combat mode - the real thing. A full demonstration of the Spitfire's features, and the type of mission you'll be sent on is also included on the disk. Once you've mastered the controls and can fly the Spitfire with confidence, you can take to the skies...

Sport Spectacular

Sport Spectacular

Acorn Electron - Released - July 1, 1989

Comprises: Day At The Races (Electron User), Fishing (Electron User), Golf (Electron User), Grand Prix (Electron User), Howzat (Database Publications), Indoor Soccer (Alternative), Microball (Alternative), Parachute (Electron User) and Soccer Boss (Alternative)

Star Wreck

Star Wreck

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

Star Wreck is a single player text adventure game with graphics that is a parody of the television series Star Trek. The player takes the role of Captain James T. Cake of the starship Paralysed. The mission is to travel to the planet Dandrox and deliver a Trell and a Rigellian Slime beast who are needed there for experimental purposes. On board there is the Thracian ambassador to Dandrox.and a Krall who's travelling elsewhere. The ship starts falling apart as the game progresses and a number of the puzzles are based on resolving these problems in order to reach the destination. The game...

Steigar

Steigar

Atari ST - Released - 1989

You are Steigar and you used to make your living as a mercenary being paid to complete missions big or small as long as the price was right. That was until the CIA managed to find you and take you prisoner, but you were too good at your job and so they have made you join the US Navy and become a helicopter pilot to participate in one man missions against various threats to the USA. The game is a scrolling horizontal shoot-em-up viewed from the side as you start out on an aircraft carrier and fly over various assigned missions while shooting and killing many waves of enemies including...

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