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Battle Tank

Battle Tank

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

A "shoot 'em up" arcade game with scrolling screens and "bird's eye" view of the ground. The year is 2037. After decades of peace, the world is at war again. Enemy forces have struck against four vulnerable areas of your country. You have to use your tank to activate a series of automatic defences by firing at them from close range....the only problem is hordes of lethal enemy tanks.

Bug Hunter and Moon Dash

Bug Hunter and Moon Dash

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

Bug Hunter / Moon Dash is a collection of two games on one disk, both previously unreleased. In Bug Hunter the player takes control of Hysteron Proteron, a being that was designed by bio engineers to be a strong, intelligent and loyal super soldier able to take out entire armies. Things didn't go right however. After a DNA mixup they instead ended up with a tiny spineless and two legged creature hardly capable of harming any creature. So rather than having it fighting on the battlefields it was decided that it should instead be used for insect extermination. The game is a puzzle platformer....

Bug Hunter in Space

Bug Hunter in Space

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

Bug Hunter in Space is a sequel to the original Bug Hunter game. Once again the player controls the Hysteron Proteron which this time is sent to deal with a fleet of alien space crafts. Each craft consists of a number of levels in which the player has to kill all the aliens before entering a teleport to move to the next one. If the craft is flying it is also necessary to shut down its engines and on the last level of each craft the player has to trigger the craft's reactor and escape before it blows up. The game plays largely the same as its predecessor but it features larger scrolling...

Casino

Casino

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

Casino is a collection of four gambling games: Backgammon Blackjack Fruit Machine Roulette All games are played in windows on the desktop and are launched from their own executables. Running one of the program also launches a application called Banker which keeps track of the player's money. To make bets money is dragged from the banker window to any of the game windows. All games use the same bank account so money earned in one can be spent in another. The game can be played by up to four players. Generous players can choose to give away money to the other players.

Caverns

Caverns

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1991

Caverns is an arcade adventure requiring many complex puzzles to be solved before the game can be completed. A high degree of flying skill and accurate shooting are needed, together with patience and dedication if this game is to be completed. The playing area is very large with 15 screens each of which is made up of an area approximately 16 times the size of the monitor. The aim of the game is to penetrate deep into enemy territory and destroy its nerve centre. First you must deactivate the safety devices which are in distant parts of the caves. Along the way you will find ropes to help...

Family Favourites

Family Favourites

Acorn Archimedes - Released

Freddy's Folly

Freddy's Folly

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1988

Sir Freddy is a sneaky and mean man who lives in a castle on an island. He turned green with envy when you built a better and stronger castle across the sea. He got a fleet of balloons so that he didn't get wet and then planned to bomb your castle with ease. What a cad to think of this wheeze! You in turn employed a gun crew to build a battlement with a good view to shoot down Sir Freddy in his balloon. To match your defensive intent, Sir Freddy phoned the Ship Shop and hired several Gun ships to shoot your cannon crew. You must defend your castle and shoot down the balloons and the invading...

Hoverbod

Hoverbod

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1988

Hoverbod is an action puzzle game where the player controls a yellow spherical droid who has to retrieve some stolen treasure from the bad guy Barriuss Stearneruss. The game is played from a side view perspective and initially the player is limited to rolling the sphere left and right. However by picking up a collectable the ability to hover in the air is granted. There are two different hover collectables which decide how high the sphere can move vertically. Another collectable is the missile which allows the sphere to shoot monsters and blast through blocks. Some missile collectables only...

Ibix The Viking

Ibix The Viking

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

Ibix the Viking is an Action Adventure game, developed and published by Minerva, which was released in Europe in 1990 The player has to collect all the treasure (crowns, coins and chests) in each level. As the titular viking the player can walk around the levels and jump both upwards and straight forward. Some enemies will be in the way and these can usually be dealt with by throwing daggers. There are also various hazards to watch out for like falling boulders and collapsing bridges. Daggers are limited in supply but more can be collected throughout the levels. There are also other...

Jet Fighter

Jet Fighter

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1988

Jet Fighter is a variant of Jetpac that is largely the same as the original game but features a larger play area and different types of enemies. The player controls an astronaut that first has to collect all three parts of his rocket and then fully fuel it so that it can take off. The rocket parts are located on various platforms that the astronaut has to use his jetpack to reach. After the rocket has been fully assembled fuel will start falling from the sky and once enough of it has been collected the rocket will automatically ascend. The game is entirely played with the mouse, using one...

Maddingly Hall

Maddingly Hall

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

Bertie Hall is a single young man whose private income has been eaten up by his love of the horses. Due to his reluctance to work he is running short of cash. In an attempt to solve his money problems, Bertie decides to arrange a visit to rich Aunt Agatha at the remote and mysterious Maddingly Hall.

Minotaur

Minotaur

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1987

Minotaur is a maze game played from a first person perspective. It is based on the Greek myth where King Minos sent a group of young Athenians to be fed by the Minotaur in the Labyrinth of Crete. The player's task is to enter the labyrinth, save as many men as possible and then escape before getting killed. The player has to reach the men before the minotaur or else they will die. The labyrinth is randomly generated at start up and it's possible for the player to enter its size. While moving around the labyrinth the player will come across various items that can be picked up. Most common...

Missile Control

Missile Control

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1988

You are in command of the missile launches and must do your utmost to protect your cities from incoming missiles. To do this you shoot them down with your missiles by positioning your cross beneath an enemy missile and firing. The shot from any one of your three missile bases will then detonate and, hopefully, destroy the enemy. On the second attack further planes and satellites fly across dropping more missiles, unless destroyed. In a later attack 'smart' missiles also appear which are able to avoid your explosions.

Orion

Orion

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1988

Orion is a side scrolling shooter similar to Defender. Marauding aliens are attacking the player's home planet and it's his task to defend it and it's civilians. This is done by controlling a space craft left and right over the planet surface while blasting away at the various enemy forces that both try to take down the player and abduct the people standing on the ground. If an alien catches a human and drags it to the top of the screen it will mutate and become a dangerous enemy. Humans that fall from a shot down enemy can be saved by flying into them and then carried back to the surface....

Redshift

Redshift

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1990

It is the year 2240 and the evil forces of the seventh colony have gained control over the eight worlds of the solarian constellation. Your mission set by the solarian chief council, is to regain control over all eight worlds. To recapture a world you have to destroy it's surface, machinery and organic structures. The seventh colony has manufactured various small fighter crafts to hinder your mission and destroy your ship by firing small homing bombs at you. Your ship, the Redshift 15A, is equipped with triple laser banks, anti-matter turbo drive, holomap terrain scanner and solaray energy...

Talisman

Talisman

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

You have been sent by the King to search for the missing sacred Talisman. Unfortunately the evil wizard Zaldremon has shattered the Talisman into six pieces. This has thrown the land into darkness and the evil forces of Zaldremon are terrorising the land. As the last remaining good wizard, it is your task to recover all the missing pieces of the Talisman and reassemble it, thus ridding the land of Zaldremon and his accomplices in evil.

Thundermonk

Thundermonk

Acorn Archimedes - Released - 1989

Thundermonk is an action puzzle game where the player controls The Lonesome Monk whose monastery has been overtaken by evil demons. The aim of the game is to move through the labyrinths of the monastery, collect treasures and use golden keys to unlock the Doors of Destiny. On each floor three goblets need to be collected. The monk is controlled from a side view which looks similar to a platform game but there is no jumping since the monk can levitate through the air. The monastery is full of strange objects that zaps the monk's energy when touched but these can be destroyed by throwing...

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