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Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

This game allows you to play in the Caesars Palace casino. It offers a taste of six card games: 5-Card Stud 7-Card Stud Baccarat Blackjack Draw Poker Pai Gow Power

Conflict

Conflict

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Conflict is a political/strategy simulator, inspired by a prediction of how events in the Middle East could unfold in the 1990s. In this 1997, the Israeli prime minister dies (either by assassination or by bomb blast), and you're appointed as the new prime minister. In the game you have to make and follow political policies regarding other countries in the Middle East, control intelligence and purchase arms, try to beat the other countries in the nuclear race and keep peace with the Palestinians and, of course, conduct battles with other countries.

Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator

Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator

Windows - 1990

Continental Circus

Continental Circus

Microsoft MSX

The home conversions of Continental Circus lack the full-on 3D and special glasses of the arcade version, but retain the essential gameplay structure. The first race is in Brazil and features 100 cars, and requires you to finish in the top 80 in order to qualify for next race. As you work through the 8 races the size of the field steadily decreases, but so does the worst acceptable finishing position to qualify. The car has high and low gears, and is susceptible to damage from contact with another car. Once you hit a car or a piece of the trackside scenery you will be called into the pits -...

Cosmic Storm

Commodore 64 - 1990

Released with the MAGNUM "lightphaser" lightgun, cosmic storm made up one of the six games packaged with the peripheral. The game involves protecting your planet from alien invaders by using the gun to shoot at the on-screen enemies. Player's are graded on the fly for accuracy as the aliens sweep around the screen using smooth sine-wave attack patterns.

Dan Dare III: The Escape

Dan Dare III: The Escape

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - December 12, 1990

In the third game in the Dan Dare series, Dan has been kidnapped by an evil alien race known as the Treens and taken to their scientific satellite orbiting Venus, but it doesn't take long for Dan to break free and goes down into their ship. While searching it, he eventually finds an escape shuttle sitting in the launch bay, only to discover that it is out of fuel. He returns to the satellite in an attempt to find some. The fuel cans are scattered around the five levels of the ship, which Dan can get to by using the Mekon's teleporters. To get to them though, Dan needs to destroy any Treen...

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Amstrad CPC - Released - January 1, 1989

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (ダブルドラゴンII ザ・リベンジ Daburu Doragon II: Za Ribenji?) is a side-scrolling beat 'em up produced by Technōs Japan originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1988. It is the first sequel to Double Dragon, released during the previous year. The sequel involves Billy and Jimmy Lee in a mission to avenge their girlfriend Marian after she is shot to death by the Black Warriors leader Willy, who is retaliating against the Lee brothers after his defeat at the end of the previous game. Double Dragon II was initially developed as an upgrade kit for the original Double...

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - October 2, 1989

Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons, are back to avenge the loss of Marion. In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, Billy and Jimmy must complete nine missions, facing deadly street gangs, ninjas and huge mutant fighters. The duo must traverse through construction sites, alleyways and underwater hideouts complete with secret elevator shafts, spiked ceilings and razor-sharp mechanical claws. Can Billy and Jimmy contend with the enemies placed before them and ultimately save the world?

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Commodore 64 - Released - January 1, 1989

The arcade version of Double Dragon II: The Revenge begins with Marian, the heroine from the original Double Dragon, being shot to death by the leader of the Black Warriors. Once again, the player assume the role of brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee, who are now tasked with the duty of avenging Marian's death.

GhostTown

Commodore 64 - 1990

Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

Amstrad CPC - 1989

Jungle Warfare is a rail shooter. The object is to traverse the enemy jungle territory, fending off hostile fire and destroying a series of enemy bases, to reach safe ground. You must shoot your enemies quickly enough or they will fire back and you will lose one of your three lives. You must also collect ammo along the way by shooting it or you will soon run out. Game supports a light gun, but is also playable with joystick and/or keyboard.

Magic Johnson's Basketball

Magic Johnson's Basketball

Commodore Amiga - 1989

Magic Johnson's Basketball is a decent arcade-style basketball game starring LA Lakers' superstar Magic Johnson, one of the most famous players of all time. It is a direct translation of the popular coin-op arcade game called Magic Johnson's Fastbreak Basketball. Like the arcade original, the game is easy enough for beginners to learn, and challenging enough for experts. You can play against the computer or another human opponent in a hot-seat mode. As an arcade-oriented game, Magic Johnson's Basketball is pretty good. You can shoot 3-pointers, perform slam dunks, and of course Magic...

The Magnetic Scrolls Collection

The Magnetic Scrolls Collection

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

A compilation of 3 Magnetic Scrolls games: Fish, Corruption and The Guild of Thieves.

Rad Ramp Racer

Rad Ramp Racer

Commodore 64 - 1990

Players race against the computer or another player in three courses, performing jumps and collecting tokens under two minutes, using either skates or BMX bikes. The action is split horizontally with the skate-wielding player competing in the top-half of the screen, while the bottom-half is occupied by the BMX rider. The player with the highest score wins. Rad Ramp Racer comes with a course designer, letting the player edit any of the three courses and playing them normally.

Shinobi

Shinobi

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be rescued. You have shurikens, kicks and punches to defend yourself with. As well as the powerful ninja magic which can clear the screen of enemies in one go. Each level is broken down into smaller scenes and hostages are guarded by big blokes who throw swords. Watch out for gun-toting enemy henchmen and ninjas. Reaching the end of each level will find you battling it out with a boss. These range from 8ft giants to helicopter gunships.

SideWinder II

SideWinder II

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

This appears to be a sequel to a similarly-styled game called "Sidewinder" (also from Mastertronic) on the Amiga, rather than the identically-named but different helicopter-based "Sidewinder" game on the Atari. What makes this odd, though, is that both the Atari "Sidewinder" and this apparently unrelated

Spirit of Excalibur

Spirit of Excalibur

Commodore Amiga - 1991

Oh dear. They certainly do not seem to treat kings like they used to. Take that Arthur, for instance – ruler of all England, bearer of Excalibur, loved by all... or so you might think. ‘Not so', say Virgin. In fact, his power base has so tenuous that on his death everything fell apart quite rapidly. Lord Constantine was next in line for the throne and armed with a sword and your wits, you play Lord Constantine on a mission to claim your rightful place at Camelot. Thankfully avoiding the temptation to re-tell the story of King Arthur yet again, Spirit of Excalibur manages to conjure the same...

Spirit of Excalibur

Spirit of Excalibur

Commodore CDTV - Released - 1991

Spirit of Excalibur is a 1990 role-playing game developed by Synergistic Software and published by Virgin Mastertronic for MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and Macintosh. The player is in control of a host of characters with the goal of uniting Sub-Roman Britain under a single king and defending the kingdom. The game was followed by the sequel Vengeance of Excalibur in 1991.

Spot

Spot

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

A puzzle game loosely featuring licensing from the 7Up soft drink. The gameplay involves up to 4 players, which can be either human or computer, each taking on spots of a particular colour. Starting from opposite corners, they take it in turns to move, either by 'reproducing' one of their spots to form another one in an adjacent square, or by making a jump, losing the square you did have but taking one two spaces away. When a piece lands next to one of another colour, that piece changes colour into that of their opponent. The winner of each round is either the last player with any pieces...

Spot: The Video Game

Spot: The Video Game

Nintendo Game Boy - December 31, 1990

While the gameplay is similar to "Reversi", Spot: The Video Game offered an animated approach to moving the pieces. Depending on the proximity and direction of the move, the Spot character would appear as the moving piece and do a dance, roller skate, cart wheel, dive, fall backwards, etc. to the destination location. The player wishing to move would first select the piece they desired to move, followed by selecting the destination location.

Viz: The Game

Viz: The Game

Commodore Amiga - 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.

Wonderland

Wonderland

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

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 and puzzles of its own. The interaction with the environment is done mostly by typing; however, commands may also appear in pop-up menus and can be selected by the player. Sometimes puzzles need to be solved in order to be able to advance. The game features windows with adjustable size, separating graphical display from inventory, command interface, text descriptions, and other options.

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