Tynesoft

1st Person Pinball

1st Person Pinball

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Tynesoft were almost certainly the first people to try a first person pinball game with this ambitious program. Up to four players could join in, including 2 computer players to show you how it's done. The game can be played from a more traditional overhead-view mode, which makes it easier to tell where the bumpers are in relation to the flippers, and is recommended for learning the game. Most of those bumpers are single-colour and arranged in a straightforward pattern. There are three different gameplay speeds and 2 possible levels of ball bounce.

Attacked

Attacked

Microsoft MSX

Auf Wiedersehen Monty

Auf Wiedersehen Monty

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1987

This is Monty's fourth game, and the structure is similar to the previous three. It's platform and ladders based, with 80 screens each representing some area of Europe - the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are among the identifiable landmarks. There are different ways of travelling through the levels - some bouncy platforms coupled with a new super-leap move allow for big progress to be made, while Monty can also suspend from the ceilings and dodge his way across. Monty can now fall without being hurt, although landing on water can cause multiple lives to be lost in quick...

Auf Wiedersehen Pet

Auf Wiedersehen Pet

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Auf Wiedersehen Pet was a British TV series that portrayed the exploits of a group of English builders over various locations around the world. The game is based on the first series which was set in Düsseldorf. The Building Site: You have to build a wall. Scattered around the screen are Erics and these must be avoided as well as falling trowels. If you fall off the edge of the screen, touch an Eric or trowel, or lay a brick without one underneath then the game ends. The Bier Keller: Collect all the beer glasses on the screen. As you move around the screen, barmaids appear and you must...

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1990

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used to create a game featuring four distinct sub-games, each of which can be practiced from the main screen in some versions. First Axel Foley visits a warehouse to shoot out some bad guys in a Green Beret-influenced sequence. The second level (first on the C64 version) involves driving after 3 lorries full of weapons, and shooting them out one by one, Chase HQ-style. Avoid contact and stay on the road to complete this. Next you must cross the grounds of a mansion, shooting anyone who...

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

Amstrad CPC - Released - May 30, 1990

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used to create a game featuring four distinct sub-games, each of which can be practiced from the main screen in some versions. First Axel Foley visits a warehouse to shoot out some bad guys in a Green Beret-influenced sequence. The second level (first on the C64 version) involves driving after 3 lorries full of weapons, and shooting them out one by one, Chase HQ-style. Avoid contact and stay on the road to complete this. Next you must cross the grounds of a mansion, shooting anyone who...

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used to create a game featuring four distinct sub-games, each of which can be practiced from the main screen in some versions. First Axel Foley visits a warehouse to shoot out some bad guys in a Green Beret-influenced sequence. The second level (first on the C64 version) involves driving after 3 lorries full of weapons, and shooting them out one by one, Chase HQ-style. Avoid contact and stay on the road to complete this. Next you must cross the grounds of a mansion, shooting anyone who...

The Big KO!

The Big KO!

Acorn Electron - Released - March 1, 1987

Compete against eight increasingly more aggressive opponents in this unique boxing simulation which stretches your computer to the limits. Super size sprites, superb animation and a touch of humour make this a game not to be missed. One or two players. Keyboard/joystick.

Bingo

Bingo

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Bingo is a gambling game where four to 100 players can play each other with four Bingo cards on the screen and the idea is to fill a card to win money. Each card on the screen is made up of a 5 x 5 grid filled with random numbers between 1 to 99 except the middle square which has the next number called. The computer calls a random number and if a player has that number on their card then they press any key on the keyboard to blank the number out but if the keyboard isn't pressed then that number stays on the card. Once a card has a full line either up/down, left/right, diagonal or the four...

Boulder Dash

Boulder Dash

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Boulder Dash is a video game developed by First Star Software and released for a number of home computers. The BBC Microcomputer version was published by Tynesoft in 1988. You are Rockford, and you have to dig through monster infested caves in search of diamonds. In each level you must collect a certain number of these diamonds, in order to open a portal to the next stage. Enemies can be squashed by falling boulders, which are released when the ground below them is removed or they are pushed onto empty ground, but be careful because these can also squash you. In later levels, difficulty is...

Bozo the Brave

Bozo the Brave

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Direct Bozo through the three lands of Havoc collecting in each a piece of the Crown of Ultimate Darkness. Control Bozo's direction with N,S,E,W keys. Brigands will be encountered in either the Tomb or the Ruin where they may attack. If they do, you may retreat by hitting any key. If you stay and fight, and the number of Brigands reaches zero before you do, you have won the battle and will be rewarded with one of the following: More warriors More gold More food A map (so you won't get lost) A bottle of potion (to protect from the plague) A sword (so you can fight off the dragon) A...

Cetus

Cetus

Microsoft MSX - February 1, 1986

Circus Games

Circus Games

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Circus Games is a video game published by Tynesoft for a range of home computers including the Acorn Electron and BBC Microcomputer. As a tiger trainer, you will have to put the tigers through their various tracks. On the trapeze you have to do various stunts, like corkscrews and somersaults. As a tight rope walker, you need to go from one side to the other, doing handstands and somersaults along the way. There is also a lady daredevil that you do stunts with from the back of a horse. If you do the international competition, you will have to do certain tricks for the trapeze,...

Circus Games

Circus Games

Acorn Electron - Released - April 4, 1989

Step right up, see the main attraction. Tynesoft welcomes you to the greatest show on earth, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey combine to bring you Circus Games, capturing the thrills and excitement of the Big Top! We challenge you to attempt the High Wire - do Flips, Cartwheels and Hand Stands then ride the Unicycle. Try your hand at Trick Horse Riding - Attempt the daring feats on horse back and warm to the applause of the crowd. For the real spirit of the adventure Tiger Taming dares you to face the fierce Bengal Tigers. Make them stand on their podiums, walk through an obstacle course and...

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

Commonwealth Games was released for the BBC Microcomputer and Acorn Electron. It was also published for the Commodore and MSX home computers with the title European Games. The number and types of disciplines varied according to the platform. The BBC Micro/Electron version contained 8; Cycling, Hammer, Long Jump, Rowing, Running, Steeple Chase, Swimming and Weight Lifting.

Darksyde

Darksyde

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Released in the "Four Great Games Volumen 3" compilation.

Demon Blue

Demon Blue

Commodore 64 - Released - 1992

In the game, you are a small shaggy blue demon finding himself in a dungeon full of fallen angels, gargoyles, wasps, etc. Walking through them loses you energy, which is your life. So you have to run and jump avoiding them, collecting gems, blood drops, energy vials, and some sort of friend-demons such as eyes and tongues. On each level you have to find the keys to open a door to a magical cauldron guarded by a beautiful elf. Levels are decorated with statues of beautiful women, old men, dragons, swords, or eye walls. "Demon Blues" -- C64 title

Equinox

Equinox

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Sury Ani 7 has been a source of mined resources for many a year, but now that it is contaminated, the only way to harvest its bounty is to do so remotely. Worse still, the security system of defence droids is active, and primed to damage anything which attempts to penetrate the surface. As such, you are in control of a Dedicated Disposal Droid in, which must eventually shut down the security system and clear the area of radioactive material. This is done by throwing it down the disposal chute on each of the 8 levels, but you only have limited time before they explode. Fuel is limited and must...

European Games

European Games

Microsoft MSX

Like so many other "Games" games, European Games is primarily a joystick-waggler, with some precision elements thrown in. Taking place over five or six disciplines, depending on platform, you generally go left to right (or hit the right keys) with your joystick on those judged on speed, while pressing the fire button once a metre reaches its top (as in golf games) is the general method for disciplines. Throwing is handled by releasing your hammer when the power bar is at the top, with additional rotation control on the Commodore. Swimming involves more joystick action, but you also need to...

Fireman Fred

Fireman Fred

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Fireman Fred is the hero of the Fire Service. Every day Fred leaves home for work at the Fire Station. When the fire bells ring, fearless Fred then swings into action with his ladders in an attempt to save lives from the perils. Fireman Fred gets many different calls for help, rescuing people and animals in danger at home and work. Fred must be very alert as there are many dangers around him - fires, balls of smoke, poisonous spiders, exploding light bulbs and bouncing balls, to name just a few. Your job is to guide Fireman Fred up the ladders and along the floors. To make his job...

Future Shock

Future Shock

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

Future Shock was programmed by Jason Sobell and Kevin Blake and published by Tynesoft for the BBC Microcomputer in 1986.

Jet Set Willy

Atari 800 - Released - 1986

A tired Miner Willy has to tidy up all the items left around his house after a huge party. With this done his housekeeper Maria will let him go to bed. Willy's mansion was bought with the wealth obtained from his adventures in Manic Miner but much of it remains unexplored and it appears to be full of strange creatures, possibly a result of the previous (missing) owner's experiments. Willy must explore the enormous mansion and its grounds (including a beach and a yacht) to fully tidy up the house so he can get some much-needed sleep. Jet Set Willy is a flip-screen platform game in which the...

Jet Set Willy

Jet Set Willy

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Written by Matthew Smith and developed by Software Projects. It was released for the BBC Microcomputer by Tynesoft. Willy owns a lavish mansion with over 60 rooms linked in a 3D plane, and must tidy it all before his housekeeper will let him sleep. Each room has its own hazards, such as spikes, revolving razors and ropes. The route through the house must be navigated carefully, due to the multiple entrances to some rooms - this is perhaps the first action game where mapping is an advantage. Another innovation, to the chagrin of players everywhere, is manual protection - a sheet of...

The Man From The Council

Commodore Amiga - 1987

Very Rare game.

Mega Force

Mega Force

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

Mega Force is a shoot'em up in which you have to destroy alien forces with your spacecraft. You can also get bonus points by destroying "B" ships and get more firepower by destroying orbs that look like basketballs. You fly through sectors named after Greek letters and after each 5th sector you get a bonus ship.

Mouse Quest

Mouse Quest

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

This platform game challenges you to guide a mouse around a screen collecting goodies - varying from cheese to cakes to balloons. You will have to jump over flowers, dodge bouncing balls, dinosaurs and dinosaurs amongst other things - contact with any of these loses a life. Movement is achieved along ledges, via clouds, moving platforms and up ladders. Short falls can be withstood, but larger ones (or heavy landings from jumps) are fatal. Once they have all been collected you must reach the door, doing all of this within the time limit, depicted by a picture of a diffusing bomb. Released in...

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

Mouse Trap is a platform game developed by Chris Robson and published by Tynesoft for the BBC Microcomputer and Acorn Electron in 1986.

Personal Nightmare

Personal Nightmare

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

A horror adventure from Horrosoft. Your father is the pastor of your village. A strange letter from him made you decide to return to your village, only to find out your father is no where to be found, and everyone is being hostile and strange. After a while you will find out evil forces have taken over the people of the village and your job is to find out how to kill some devil creatures ( like a vampire ) and figure out what truly is going on.

Phantom (Tynesoft)

Phantom (Tynesoft)

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Inspired by the game Gauntlet, Phantom is a top view maze game where the screen scrolls left or right when you move. You are a Professor of Astro-Physics, and with an interest in Psychic Phenomena, you have been sent to investigate four buildings to remove any evil that resides there. You have discovered that each building contains ghosts, monsters and transporters (apparitions that are a gateway to Hell), so with your high powered laser, you must clear four floors of each building. Touching any of the evil decrease an energy counter and when this reaches zero then it is game over but you...

Pyjamarama

Pyjamarama

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Wally Week has become trapped inside one of his own nightmares, and is in danger of failing to wake up from it in time for work. Only you can save him from the inevitable sack, by finding the key that can be used to bring your alarm clock to life. The world inside his head is large and varied, with escalators, lifts and locked doors used to navigate it. Only two objects can be carried at a time, but some must be used in tandem, and others only become active when you walk over them while carrying one or two items they require to become active. As this is a nightmare world, not everything is as...

Rocket Ranger

Rocket Ranger

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Rocket Ranger is a 1988 action adventure computer game developed and published by Cinemaware. Like many Cinemaware games, Rocket Ranger draws its inspiration from Hollywood, and likely The Rocketeer comics. This title pays homage to the many 1950s sci-fi serials, using the look and feel of the serials, including action-packed cut-scenes and an art treatment loyal to the futuristic visions of that era. It also features the cliché elements of that era, including a dashing, courageous hero and a beautiful, voluptuous damsel in distress in need of rescue. A Kickstarter campaign for a remake...

Roller Coaster Rumbler

Roller Coaster Rumbler

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Roller Coaster Rumbler is a rail shooter-type video game. It was designed by Subway Software (Arnie Katz, Bill Kunkel and Joyce Worley) for British publisher Tynesoft, which published it in 1989. Versions appeared on the PC, Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64 with quality varying greatly among the SKUs. In this first-person game, the player sits in the front seat of a roller coaster armed with a mounted machine gun and fires at pop-up targets which are released during the course of the ride.

Savage Island: Part Two

Savage Island: Part Two

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

The second half of Savage Island, this continues exactly where the other game leaves off. It includes a mysterious code sheet which you will be able to decipher upon completing the game, revealing the ultimate secret of the island.

Spy vs Spy

Spy vs Spy

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

MAD magazine’s comic strip of the same name comes to life in this game which was designed for one or two players. The split-screen shows both spies at the same time. Play with a friend or against the machine. The black spy and the white spy are out to outsmart each other before the time bell rings. Find the needed objects (money, passport, secret plans and airport door key) by searching rooms in the embassy, which include desks, file cabinets and other furniture. Foil your opponent by setting creative booby traps in the various rooms (a bomb in a dresser drawer, for instance). Traps can be...

Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge

Commodore 64 - Released - October 7, 1988

You've trained hard for this moment. Now get ready for record-setting excitement as you compete in five events that test your skill and experience. En Guarde: suddenly there’s a new point to Fencing. Stretch to the limit as you vault the Hurdles. Hit your mark in the High Dive. Push yourself that extra inch in the Triple Jump. Then take aim and shoot for the gold in Skeet Shooting. If you’ve got what it takes, you’ll wear gold this summer. Five events are on offer in this Olympics-style sports game. These can be played individually or as part of a complete tournament, with the chance to...

Summer Olympiad

Summer Olympiad

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Superman: The Man of Steel

Superman: The Man of Steel

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

Superman comes on two discs and is split into several sub games, each more perilous than the last. As the game loads, a very agreeable rendition of the Superman theme plays in stereo harmony. A nice, if somewhat pointless addition to the game is a mini comic strip which describes the storyline of the current mission. The first of these sees Superman battling Darkseid's Parra demons. Space Harrier style. Whether Superman selects heat vision or super-strength, you have to select the less than superhuman power of extreme patience to overcome the evil Parra demons. Once the first level has been...

Top Duck

Top Duck

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

In this platform puzzler, your task is to guide our waddling wanderer round a series of platforms and ladders while avoiding the multitude of marauding meanies who are out to turn our courageous quacker into something hot that goes with noodles. Any contact at all will cost our feathered friend one of his meager three lives. To kill the baddies you must lure them under a platform and then peck one of the blocks above, which can fall on the baddies and crush their head. Squish, squish, squish! Blocks you peck become potential hazards later. Make your way to the mega dome and add a big fat nest...

Vindaloo

Vindaloo

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

Vindaloo was written by Jason Sobell and Kevin Blake for the BBC Micro. It was released by Tynesoft in 1986.

Winter Olympiad 88

Winter Olympiad 88

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

The game consists of six events from the Winter Olympics: bob sled, speed skating, ski jump, giant slalom, ski slalom and biathlon. There are three heats in each, the best score out of the three deciding which medal you get in each event.

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Winter Olympics is a multi-sporting event game containing six winter Olympic sports; speed skating, ski jumping, skeleton, slalom, downhill and curling.

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1986

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