The Fourth Dimension

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

A futuristic 3D space shooter. You are tasked with destroying a race known as the Rakonans. They have taken over a number of planets and it is your job to destroy the Rakonan colonies on these planets to an extent that they cannot survive and the planet is then 'sterlised'. It can then be re-colonised by the original inhabitants. Upon starting the game your craft descends to the planet surface and the battle begins. There are plenty of things to destroy, mainly on the ground, but from time to time you will come under attack from flying saucers and other things in the sky. You are...

Arcade Soccer

Arcade Soccer

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

Arcade Soccer was programmed by Peter Gillett, with graphics by Martin Kelsey. An overhead football game in which you must power up/down the field, passing the ball and scoring goals. Arcade Soccer features Corners, sliding tackles, throw-ins, goal kicks, dribbling, shooting, passing and much more. Firstly you can play with either keyboard or joysticks, against the computer and/or with up to 23 friends. The options are almost limitless; you can choose the skill of the goalkeepers, the speed and length of the game, play 'friendlies' or tournaments and even enter the most coveted of...

ARCticulate

ARCticulate

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Animated Speech Synthesiser

Arctist

Arctist

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

A drawing and painting utility.

Birds of War

Birds of War

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

Birds of War is a flight simulator which allows you to control a number of different planes, during different periods in time, through a large number of missions. This game is definitely more strategic than arcade. Before you can start your flying you have to select your plane, then you can select game options setup various preferences for the game, check the intelligence for the missions and your mission briefing itself, then you can take off. Once in the air you can carry out the mission objective.

Black Angel

Black Angel

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

A space based arcade adventure.

BloodLust

Acorn Archimedes - Released

An arcade adventure in which you move around from screen to screen tracking down items which will help you progress through the level until you find the exit.

Boogie Buggy

Boogie Buggy

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Boogie has arrived at Dodge City only to find that the Evil Monster Lord has taken control and has set about converting power-ore into evil-ore. He is using this to turn all the good in Dodge City into evil. As his power increases he starts to turn Dodge City into a stronghold for creatures of the darkness and other evil monsters and is plotting to take control of Bumper World. It is up to Boogie to put a stop to these evil plans. To do this you must travel across Dodge City counteracting the effect of evil-ore in each zone, you must also destroy each of the evil Ore Conversion Plants...

Break 147 & Superpool

Break 147 & Superpool

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

A Snooker and Pool simulator game. Break 147 is a snooker simulation. Upon loading you can choose which type of game you want. Demo mode in which 2 computer players will play against each other, Practice mode which is self explanatory, Match mode is a proper competitive match against the computer and finally in the tournament mode you play a different player in each round. The aim is to try and beat them all and get to the final and become the overall winner. With the single match mode and tournament mode, any of the opposition can be replaced by human opponents instead of the computer, so...

Carnage Inc

Carnage Inc

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

This an isometric arcade adventure game with four completely different missions providing plenty of variety, with vector-graphic animated cutscenes used between levels.

Cataclysm

Cataclysm

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

The object of the game is to guide the water from the top of the screen into the collecting vessel at the bottom of the screen, you do this by guiding the water down the screen using blocks, pressure valves and filters. Monsters appear as the levels progress. Some of these are harmless and generally get in the way but others are nasty and can kill you on contact. Another breed of monster will also fire at you, luckily you have your gun so you can zap them. On later levels it's not just water that comes out of the pipes, but acid as well. This is dealt with in the same way but you must avoid...

Chocks Away

Chocks Away

Acorn Archimedes - Released - January 1, 1990

Chocks Away is a flight simulation game for the Acorn Archimedes. It was written by Andrew Hutchings and published by The Fourth Dimension. The game is loosely set in the First World War, though many elements are simplified and anachronistic. The player flies a single British Tiger Moth aircraft (despite the design dating from peacetime and being a trainer) on various missions against German forces. Free movement is allowed around each mission's map, though the aircraft does not have the fuel capacity to allow infinite roaming - instead it must return to the home airfield to refuel. The Tiger...

Chocks Away: Extra Missions

Chocks Away: Extra Missions

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Features - 26 Missions, Some Superb Enchancements, Serial Port Link Up Option - for 2 player/computer full screen action BBC A3000 & Archimedes 310 & 400 Series

Chopper Force

Chopper Force

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1992

Chopper force was a helicopter game published in 1992 by The Fourth DImension You pilot a futuristic helicopter throughout a number of missions, completing the tasks before moving onto the next one. Each mission has different objectives. You will have to find targets and destroy them, deal with enemy craft, pick up items and move them around and also avoid crashing. There is a lot of landscape detail: roads with moving cars which stop at the traffic lights and wait for them to change to green, a railway line with moving trains, plus bridges, sheep and many other things as well. You can...

A Custom McCoy

A Custom McCoy

Acorn Archimedes - 1992

Contains discs for: Boogie Buggy, Nevryon, Cataclysm, Arcticulate and Powerband.

Cyber Chess

Cyber Chess

Acorn Archimedes - Released

A chess playing game written by William Tunstall-Pedoe. It can be played in either 2D or 3D views. The game can be played against the computer, at varying levels, or between two players. You can save the current board setup as a native Cyber Chess file for returning to later; and additionally you can save the board layout as a Draw file. Very useful should you want to print, say, competition results.

Demons Lair

Demons Lair

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

This is an isometric 3D graphical adventure. The game involves you playing the part of Bob, who must go out and explore the surrounding landscapes and must seek out the Demon who rules the land and then find a way of destroying him for good, before he can return home. You get two lives to complete the game, each life has an energy bar which goes down with contact with enemies, or falling a long distance, eating food will replenish your energy level.

Drifter

Drifter

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1997

Drifter is a racing game in the style of console games like Wipeout, in which you control a craft with jet engines and no actual contact with the ground. A number of different craft are included as well as the "Hyper" bonus craft, which travels much faster than any of the standard ones, and the "Exocet", which has an extremely useful self-repair feature. The computer drivers swerve to avoid you but they also make mistakes (crashing into walls and bridges), and can be quite aggressive (towards each other, as well as the player) when a suitable opportunity presents itself. Tracks are grouped...

Drop Ship

Drop Ship

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

The year is 2030 and planet Earth receives a transmission from a colony on Mars stating that there has been an outbreak of radiation and that their defence systems have gone haywire and are on the brink of meltdown. The only way to stop this is by shutting down all the reactors on the Mars colony - so guess what your mission is in this game? Dropship places you in control of a small ship and you must shut down the reactor on each of the 15 levels. However there is a bit more to this task than simply shutting them down, you have to collect all of the power crystals on each level. Once this...

The Dungeon

The Dungeon

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

A 3D arcade adventure where you travel upwards through various dungeons in order to escape. You must battle enemies, solve puzzles and collect treasure.

E Type

E Type

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1990

E-Type is a racing game similar to Outrun where the player gets to drive the titular sports car (although without the Jaguar license). The goal of the game is to drive as far as possible before time runs out. The game has five stages that differ in difficulty and length, from six to eighteen miles. Each stage has its own time limit. The tracks can be played separately or in one session. The stages are then unlocked by beating the time limit in the previous race. The roads are full of objects and most of them (rocks, trees and bushes) have to be avoided as crashes and collisions slow down the...

Enter the Realm

Enter the Realm

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

The object of Enter the Realm is to reach the end of each level, of which there are many, and then leave it through the exit. Along the way you will encounter many enemies both on the ground and in the air, all of which need to be destroyed. There are also a number of land obstacles including bombs, spikes and snowballs. Again these can be disposed of by shooting at them, or you can jump over them instead. You can also avoid enemies by crouching down and let them fly overhead. Some of the snowballs are quite tricky to destroy and it proves to be much easier to simply crouch down and let them...

E-Type

E-Type

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

E-Type is a racing game similar to Outrun where the player gets to drive the titular sports car (although without the Jaguar license). The goal of the game is to drive as far as possible before time runs out. The game has five stages that differ in difficulty and length, from six to eighteen miles. Each stage has its own time limit. The tracks can be played separately or in one session. The stages are then unlocked by beating the time limit in the previous race. The roads are full of objects and most of them (rocks, trees and bushes) have to be avoided as crashes and collisions slow down the...

E-Type 100 Extra Miles

E-Type 100 Extra Miles

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

An extra 100 miles of hilly, hazardous roads.

E-Type 2

E-Type 2

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1994

The objective of this game is the same as in the original E-Type, each track has a time limit and you have to reach the end before the time runs out. There are 5 tracks as before, each with varying levels of difficulty. Although the objective is the same, you will encounter a number of differences which weren't present in the original game. There is now a 'Fire' button. This is so that you can use the various new bonuses that appear along the way, things like oil slicks and laser fire, which can be used to get cars and obstacles out of the way. Other new features include weather effects...

E-Type Compendium

E-Type Compendium

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Includes the original game, the 100 Extra Miles, and the Track Designer.

E-Type Track Designer

E-Type Track Designer

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

A designer to allow you to create your own tracks.

The Exotic Adventures of Sylvia Layne

The Exotic Adventures of Sylvia Layne

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

A professor has been kidnapped and agent Sylvia Layne must locate and rescue him. Your search for clues leading to his whereabouts will take you to the Andes, New York and Houston Space Centre. The game is a mix of action, platform, strategy and puzzle solving.

Galactic Dan

Galactic Dan

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1992

A stunning ray traced 3D combat adventure. Galactic Dan is an early first person shooter featuring ray traced graphics. The game is controlled with the mouse that the player uses to shoot, run, jump and look around. There are 24 maze-like levels and the objective of each of them is to rescue a set number of hostages and find the exit before the time runs out. At the same time the player has to shoot down or avoid the many enemies that guard the hostages. The mission is failed when the player's energy reaches zero or when time runs out. The player gets a score based on how hostages are...

Holed Out Compendium

Holed Out Compendium

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

The Holed Out Compendium comprises the original release, plus a number of extra courses as well as the course designer.

Holed Out!!

Holed Out!!

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

Holed Out!! is a golfing simulator programmed by Gordon J Key and published by The Fourth Dimension, aka The 4th Dimension (formerly Impact Software). It features two courses: Cone Links and Pine Isles. You can indulge in either strokeplay or matchplay. The idea with the former is to finish all 18 holes in the least number of strokes, while in matchplay the winner is the player who wins most holes. Up to four players can take part with each selecting one of four skill levels from beginner to professional. The one selected dictates whether the physical hazards or wind strength and...

Inertia

Inertia

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1990

Inertia is a Marble Madness clone, written by D. Postlethwaite. The aim of Inertia is seemingly quite simple. You must guide your craft over all of the shaded tiles whilst avoiding falling off the landscape. The landscape is made up of a very large number of 3 dimensional varied screens. However, as you progress, the going will get very tough. A good memory and/or mapping will certainly be needed. Various icons along the top of the screen depict the sound status, which craft is in play, pause on/off, and the current direction of the controls (normal/reversed). The two vertical bars at the...

Inertia

Inertia

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

Inertia is a Marble Madness clone, written by D. Postlethwaite. The aim of Inertia is seemingly quite simple. You must guide your craft over all of the shaded tiles whilst avoiding falling off the landscape. The landscape is made up of a very large number of 3 dimensional varied screens. However, as you progress, the going will get very tough. A good memory and/or mapping will certainly be needed. Various icons along the top of the screen depict the sound status, which craft is in play, pause on/off, and the current direction of the controls (normal/reversed). The two vertical bars at the...

Man at Arms

Man at Arms

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

This is a scrolling maze game set in medieval times. The object of the game is to take over each of the four castles, which are spread over four levels. Once a castle is taken the level is complete and you move on to the next one. A castle is taken by achieving a certain number of points. These points are gained by killing enemies and collecting treasure. You are also against the clock, so when your time runs out you will lose a life. You can move left, right, up and down and also have a sword at your disposal to get rid of any enemies who get in the way. This sword is also used to remove...

Morph

Morph

Acorn Archimedes - Released

Morph is an arcade adventure with 15 levels. In order to complete a level you will have to solve a number of puzzles, and the ultimate objective is to find the magical gem. Once you have found it, you need to pick it up and use it, then you will be transported to the next level. On your way to obtaining the magical gem you will encounter all manner of obstacles which will try to prevent you from reaching your objective. Throughout the levels you will discover different objects which will be needed to solve the puzzles which will in turn allow you to progress further into the...

Nevryon

Nevryon

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1990

Nevryon is a fast sideways-scrolling shoot-'em-up. The object is to fly your Cavern Fighter over and through various types of terrain, shooting alien vessels in formations and larger weapon structures on the ground, roof and in the air. At the same time, extra weapons like increased firepower become available and bonus pods appear on the screen to be picked up. When the end of each level is reached, there is quite a large alien fortress to be destroyed. This is initially quite easy but gets progressively harder when more different alien weapons are present. There are eight levels in the...

Nevryon

Nevryon

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

Nevryon is a fast sideways-scrolling shoot-'em-up. The object is to fly your Cavern Fighter over and through various types of terrain, shooting alien vessels in formations and larger weapon structures on the ground, roof and in the air. At the same time, extra weapons like increased firepower become available and bonus pods appear on the screen to be picked up. When the end of each level is reached, there is quite a large alien fortress to be destroyed. This is initially quite easy but gets progressively harder when more different alien weapons are present. There are eight levels in the game...

The Olympics

The Olympics

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

The game comprises six main events: Diving, Shooting, Javelin, Swimming, Canoeing and Pole Vault. Some of these have several sub-events to choose from. Events can be played individually, or altogether for medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Pandora's Box is an isometric arcade adventure and as such it features both puzzle solving and fighting. The game's world is open ended and consists of over 200 interconnected screens. The aim of the game is to close Pandora's Box by collecting four emerald seals. Most of the gameplay involves exploring the world in search after various objects that are needed to progress. Some objects can simply be picked up from the ground while others can only be acquired by solving puzzles or trading with NPCs. Some characters also send the player out on errands in exchange for a reward. Often these are...

Powerband

Powerband

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Powerband is a Formula 1 racing game with three race modes: Fun, Practice and Championship. In Fun mode your car can survive any amount of damage and you can also drive backwards down the track. Also when you enter the garage certain special options are available: A super-powered engine and super-sticky tyres. Practice mode allows you to race properly, but before each one you go round the track to get a lap time which affects your starting position on the grid. Each track has its own fastest-time records and if you make it your name will be added to the list. When playing in a...

Pushy

Pushy

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1997

The objective of the game is to remove all of the blocks on each level, on the first level there are 3 purple blocks and 3 green blocks. To remove these blocks you have to push them together into a row of 3 and then they will disappear, when all blocks have disappeared the level is complete. The blocks have to be removed in blocks of 3 which are all the same colour. You can push the blocks around the screen, however there are 6 different types of blocks, and when you push them them they will act as follows : the grey ones will only move one space at a time, the purple and red ones will...

Pysanki

Pysanki

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

A Repton type maze game. The game is set in the future on the freighter Pysanki, which is on a fossil egg collection expedition (if you can imagine such a thing). However something has gone wrong and you have been sent in to clear the decks of the freighter. A deck is cleared when a certain number of points has been obtained. This is achieved by collecting certain eggs and also by killing the various nasties who inhabit the them. When the points total is reached the level is then complete and you can move onto the next one. There are eight levels; they start off relatively easy and get...

Saloon Cars

Saloon Cars

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Saloon Cars gives you the chance to take part in a touring cars championship. Upon loading you are presented with the main menu. From here you can watch the demo mode, set up the controls for the game, select a course and load or save a new player file. Then there is the race option which leads to the game itself. You can practice a track with or without other cars and then the actual race itself. Once you have qualified on the grid then the race can begin. The tracks you race around are real racing tracks, so Silverstone, and Brands Hatch are included, although since this game was released...

Saloon Cars DELUXE

Saloon Cars DELUXE

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1992

Silver Ball

Silver Ball

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1997

A pinball game.

Stunt Racer 2000

Stunt Racer 2000

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

You race over 16 tracks including Arctic, Desert and Lunar in order to qualify for the Supreme Stunt Racer 2000 race.

Super Snail

Super Snail

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1998

Set in a weird fantasy world, Super Snail consists of 20 one player levels, each of which also has an associated bonus level. The game also offers split-screen two-player cooperative and competitive options, so you can play with or against your friends. The basic aim of the game is simply to collect the five magical spheres littered around each level - in the competitive two-player version you must collect more spheres than your opponent. Many of the 'standard' features for a platform game are included - keys and doors, switches, trampolines, teleporters, updrafts, pushable blocks, ice,...

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1994

The Time Machine is a sort of sequel to Haunted House. It is another desktop graphic adventure and it uses the same game interface as before, and behaves in exactly the same way, but it is a totally new adventure. This time instead of collecting antiques from a spooky old house, you embark on an adventure through time and space in a blue box. You start the game out on the road in the countryside near a blue portaloo. The first task in this game is to get into the portaloo itself, which requires you to supply the password and also solve the Roman numeral puzzle. The door will then open...

UIM: Ultra Intelligent Machine

UIM: Ultra Intelligent Machine

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

UIM is a 3D arcade adventure, an underwater version of Elite, set in a future where all life exists in the oceans. You travel the oceans in a submarine, trading in commodities, shares and currency, and seeking the UIM. You will need to purchase system and weapon upgrades to combat hostile forces. There are over 65000 underwater ports with their own colonies to visit and over 250 missions to complete before you finally encounter the UIM.

Virtual Golf

Virtual Golf

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1993

A golf simulator set on the Wentworth course.

White Magic

White Magic

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

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White Magic

White Magic

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

White Magic is a Gauntlet type RPG which is viewed from above. The objective of the game is to complete all of the 32 levels. The ultimate aim is to do this without using the jump level option. In order to complete a level you must collect all of the treasure and then find the key to the exit before the time runs out. On your way to the exit you have to collect keys to open other doors. There are also many other items to discover such as potions, time pills, shields, extra ammo and swords to name but a few. Some of these items are useful and will help you in your quest others may not be so...

White Magic 2

White Magic 2

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

The Wimp Game

The Wimp Game

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

The wimp game is a brilliant pointer driven graphic adventure celebrating over 10 years of Acorn Home Computers This was one of the early RISC OS games and was the first commercial game that operated just in the desktop. The game takes place in a house and your objective is to move through each room solving the puzzles within to gain access to the next room. The overall objective of the game is to become the owner of the best Acorn computer available, which at the time that this game was written was an R200 workstation. You start off as an Acorn Atom owner and along the way to your R200...

X-Fire

X-Fire

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1992

The game takes place in a maze and the screen layout stays the same for every level, although the colours and the graphics do change to add a bit of variety. The object of the game is to guide your craft around the maze and blast everything that moves. When all the aliens have been destroyed the level ends. Each level contains a number of different nasties who each have their own strengths. The bug looking creature which is known as "Henry" is easy to dispose of but the "JCB" is indestructible from the front so you have to have to shoot at it from behind. On later levels mines get laid...

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