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Buffalo Round Up

Buffalo Round Up

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Buffalo Round Up is a single screen game shown from above at an elevated angle where you play a cowboy on his horse who has to round up all the buffalo on the screen through a gate. On the top and bottom of the screen are gaps to the desert but on level one, three are blocked by fences and you can't allow any Buffalo to escape into the desert. You must move around the screen encouraging or pushing the buffalo in the direction you want them to move. If you leave any buffalo then they will move in the direction they feel like moving and although there is water in the middle of the screen this...

Face Maker

Face Maker

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Not to be confused with Facemaker by Spinnaker and put out the same year. Facemaker enables you to make a screen portrait of a friend or one of the family. It may not be quite what they expected, but it is fun! Like all masterpieces, there is scope for artistic interpretation. Your aunti may suddenly grow a stubbly chin or a friend develop a spate of baldness.

Fire Ant

Fire Ant

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1984

You control an ant that must rescue the queen ant taken hostage by a group of scorpions. She is being held in the eighth chamber, but to reach her, you must navigate a series of tunnels that are being patrolled by the scorpions, and use objects scattered throughout the chambers to proceed to the next one. These objects include getting keys that will open yellow doors, and explosives that will detonate walls. Objects placed at the proper locations usually cause a chain reaction that clears the obstacles. Occasionally, scorpions are seen laying eggs, and getting these eggs will award you with...

Go Racing With Peter O'Sullevan

Go Racing With Peter O'Sullevan

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Go Racing With Peter O'Sullevan allows yourself and seven other players to bet and make money on various horse races on various race courses. Each player starts with £1000 and they can see each horse, their form, trainer and jockey, and their last three races before deciding which horses to bet on. Each player can bet on as many horses as they want and they can bet to win or each-way as well. The race itself is shown form the side at a slight elevated angle and the screen scrolls from right to left with the lead horses. After the race the result is shown and money won / lost for each player...

Harbour Attack

Harbour Attack

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1984

Harbour Attack ========== Captain your submarine through dangerous waters to reach the enemy port then destroy their cargo ship in this three stage game. In stage one, you have to manouver your submarine through the obstacles and mines to reach the right end of the screen. In stage two, you have to shoot down a number of enemy planes. An enemy ship is also attacking you: if it's above you, it will drop bombs. If you come up to the surface it will fire torpedos. You can only shoot the ship sideways (not upwards). You can only shoot the planes from the surface, by pressing fire + up. If...

Icicle Works

Icicle Works

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1985

Christmas is getting close and Santa has a big problem. After returning from holiday he finds all his presents scattered and buried under snow. Things doesn't get any easier with the possible avalanches and all the bad tempered penguins and polar bears that run around and disturb him. It's the player's job to help Santa and retrieve all the presents before Christmas Day. Icicle Works is a Boulder Dash variant. The player's objective for each level is to retrieve a number of parcels that are needed to construct a toy. The game is timed and the player loses a life if he doesn't complete a...

Mayhem

Mayhem

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

The Blibbles home planet is over-populated and so thousands need moving to another planet by cargo ship and as the Captain of the ship, it is your job to get them to their new home safely. Problem is, someone left their holding cell open and now the creatures are moving around the ship causing trouble. To make matters worse they are entering the engine room moving to a cargo transporter which is sending them to oblivion. You must use your scanner to move a Coerco-Stasis-Grille in their paths and transport them back to safety while avoiding rogue droids and a Wafoid. Mayhem is a single screen...

Number Builder

Number Builder

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Number Builder is an single screen educational platformer to help you improve your maths over twelve levels. You play the role of a builder who must move around a building site, climbing ladders, looking for sums to make a target number. You are given a starting number and you must pick up sums to add or subtract from that number to make the target number. Each level is split into three different target numbers and each must be completed before a bucket is lifted to the top of the screen. Once a level is completed you get paid money before attempting the next level. Before you play the game...

Photon Reflection

Photon Reflection

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Interesting idea that is similar to but predates Deflektor by four years. The challenge is to bounce your lasers off of the mirror\deflectors to hit specific targets. Published in Commodore's "Fantasy Five" collection.

Purple Turtles

Purple Turtles

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1984

Purple Turtles (Purpilious Turtiliorum) are used in the sport of Turtle Bobbing where four of the turtles are placed in water, in a row to make a bridge in this side view single screen game. You are the next competitor and you must cross a river five times from the left, to the other side and back, bringing back a piece of fruit from a tree before a timer runs out. What makes the sport more interesting is the fact that the turtles like to occasionally move to the bottom of the river and back up to the surface randomly. If you touch the water then you lose a life (three on the C64, five on...

Save Me, Brave Knight

Save Me, Brave Knight

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Save Me, Brave Knight can perhaps be considered a very early precursor of modern graphic role-playing games. The player is a medieval knight who must rescue a fair maiden from an evil castle, guarded by a sentient lock, flying witches and evil birds, and a fire-breathing dragon (yes, this is one dragon, albeit a seven-headed one, common in Hungarian children's tales.) After conquering all the obstacles, the knight must face a random choice between two doors, only one of which hides the maiden. Released as part of the Commodore Fantasy Five game compilation.

Spatial Billiard

Spatial Billiard

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Billiards (in this case referring to English Billiards) is a game that is popular not just in England but around the world thanks to its popularity during the time of the British Empire. Billiards is a cue sport that is played by two players and utilities one object ball and two cue balls. Each player uses a different color cue ball and attempts to score more points than their opponent and reach the previously agreed total required to win the match. In this version instead of playing on a flat surface you play in a 3D type mode with the pocket at the bottom. Released in Commodore's...

Stop the Express

Stop the Express

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

The ITA Express is under the control of the vicious Redmen, and cannot be allowed to continue its momentum. This is where you come in as a Security Guard, as you start on top of the final carriage of the train and must walk across it, jumping over the gaps, to reach the front. Redmen must be kicked into oblivion with a precise contact before they can throw you off the train; they will also throw knives, which must be ducked. You can turn the tables thanks to the Snakebird, which will pick you up if you jump into it, and allow you to drop on top of a Redman. You have a limited amount of time...

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1985

Treasure Island is an arcade adventure based on the Robert Louis Stevenson's book. You play the role of Jim Hawkins who has to get to Treasure Island, defeat pirates and defeat Long John Silver. Jim must get on to a ship and avoid the enemies before being whisked off to Treasure Island. On the island Jim must encounter and avoid various pirates. Scattered on the island are cutlasses which can be used to kill pirates blocking his path. Beware though, cutlasses are limited so Jim doesn't want to waste them on any old pirate. Get hit by a cutlass or touched by a pirate and you lose a live...

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