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Blue Meanies From Outer Space

Blue Meanies From Outer Space

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

In Blue Meanies From Outer Space the player is in charge of defending a starbase that is being attacked by these blue little cuboid creatures. To do this he uses six laser guns, three on each of the base's sidewalls. The meanies fall from the sky and the player has to shoot them down before they can do any damage to the base. Using the lasers cost energy and when the energy is out the weapons won't work. At times supply ships land with more energy. It's important to not shoot these down as it leads to a reduction of points. To fix the holes caused by the meanies the player can use a repair...

Car Chase

Car Chase

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

Car Chase is a clone of the arcade game Head-On. It's a racing game played from a top down perspective where the player's car automatically moves forward on a circuit consisting of four lanes and the player can increase and decrease the speed as well as switching lanes at the middle of each straight. The player's job is to collect all the dots that lie scattered around but this is made hard by the jam cars that move in the player's opposite direction and attempt to crash into him. The game is over after three collisions and a level is cleared once all dots have been collected. If the player is...

Dancing Monster

Dancing Monster

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

A beautiful princess has been turned into an ugly monster by an evil Wizard and to make matters worse she has been made to dance forever in this single screen 1st person perspective game. You have vowed to help her by removing her hideous body parts, piece by piece as she dances around the screen. On the top left of the screen it tells you the next body part to remove and so you move a cross-hair and try to shoot it with a magic ray. A clock counts upwards and you have to remove all parts before it reaches a certain time. There is also a gauge that decreases and if you don't fire before it...

Harbour Attack

Harbour Attack

Commodore 64 - 1984

Your mission in Harbour Attack is to take control of a submarine and attempt to get to the enemies Harbour before attempting to destroy a cargo ship over three single screen stages. The stages consist off: Stage One: Viewed from the side you must get the submarine from the left of the screen to the right while avoiding touching mines or nets before your air supply runs out. You are only able to move so far down and if your depth gauge turns red then any further down destroys your sub. Touching a mine, net, running out of air or going too far down loses you a life (five lives on the C64, four...

Humpty Dumpty Mystery

Humpty Dumpty Mystery

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Game One: You have a line-up of twelve of the Kings men, each individual but sharing some of the same colours and face with some of the other men which are hat colour, badge colour, eye colour, jacket colour and if he has a moustache. You must ask a question by one key press or typing in the words like 'Does he have green eyes'. If you are right then all non-green eyes are removed, if wrong then all green eyes are removed. The aim is to guess in as few questions as you can. Game Two: You are shown the culprit for a few seconds before being shown a plain man. You then have to pick the various...

Icicle Works

Icicle Works

Commodore 64 - 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 level...

International Tennis

International Tennis

Commodore 64 - 1985

This simple simulation of singles tennis follows the basic rules of the sport. The joystick is used to move each player around, with the button tossing for a serve and swinging the racket. Moving the joystick while holding the button down affects the direction and power of a swing. Whenever it is time to serve, a blinking line on the court shows where the current player needs to stand. Beyond that, there isn't much more to the game, although it is possible to select the color of each player's clothing and to pick the level of artificial intelligence for the computer opponent.

Maggotmania

Maggotmania

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Maggotmania is a single screen shooter inspired by the arcade game Centipede where you control a blue creature at the bottom of the screen trying to destroy a large maggot that appears at the top of the screen over various levels. You can move left or right, and forwards a short distance as well as move backwards and you keep firing upwards when you fire your weapon. The maggot moves across the screen and when it hits a flower or the edge of the screen then it moves down one place and moves the opposite way. When you hit the maggot, it splits into two parts and keeps moving downwards towards...

Number Chaser

Number Chaser

Commodore 64 - January 1, 1985

Number Chaser is a educational maths driving game where your sat behind a racing car at an elevated angle. The idea of the game is to drive so many miles estimating the answer to a sum, in the quickest time. Before you start the race you can choose your car depending on the speed you want to drive and whether you want a full race or just practise. At the start of the race you start to accelerate and drive along a road split into four lanes where you can move left or right into them. A sum appears at the bottom of the screen and at the bottom of each lane is an estimation of the answer. You...

Space Math

Space Math

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

Space Math is an educational game where the player is the captain of the starship USS Victory. The ship is located on the right side of the screen and the player's job is to defend it from the missiles that are launched towards it from the left. Each missile has a math problem on it and to take them down the player has to type the correct answer before it reaches the starship. If successful the player earns some points and if not they are lost. Once the game is finished the player gets a positive or negative message depending on well he has scored. It's possible to choose normal or fast speed...

Vic-21 Casino-Style Blackjack

Vic-21 Casino-Style Blackjack

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

Casino Blackjack allows up to five players to play blackjack against a virtual bank. Players play in turns and can bet, hit or fold, double down (double the bet, but only receive one extra card), insurance bet (when the dealer starts with an ace) and split pairs. The players can also count cards, because the game remembers which cards have been used. After a certain number of hands the deck is shuffled again, or the player can order it to be shuffled at any time.

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