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Academy

Academy

Atari ST - Released

Pete Cooke's follow-up to the previous space shooter-explorer takes things away from the Tau Ceti setting. Players take the role of a student at an academy for advanced piloting. There they need to solve 20 simulated missions on a wide range of planets. The self-contained missions mean that the game uses the Tau Ceti structure and theme, without the causality of previous decisions having an effect on later choices. This reduces the complexity of management. Although players can customize the ships, including giving them names of your choice, the game comes with supplied ones include a...

Academy: Tau Ceti II

Academy: Tau Ceti II

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

Pete Cooke's follow-up to the previous space shooter-explorer takes things away from the Tau Ceti setting. Players take the role of a student at an academy for advanced piloting. There they need to solve 20 simulated missions on a wide range of planets. The self-contained missions mean that the game uses the Tau Ceti structure and theme, without the causality of previous decisions having an effect on later choices. This reduces the complexity of management. Although players can customize the ships, including giving them names of your choice, the game comes with supplied ones include a...

The Boggit

The Boggit

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - December 9, 1986

The Boggit: Bored Too is a text adventure game by Delta 4 released in 1986 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is a parody of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit and of the earlier game based upon it also called The Hobbit. It is the prequel to Bored of the Rings. This interactive fiction with graphics game features reluctant adventurer Bimbo Faggins and devious magician Grandalf attempting to gain treasure, ultimately by appearing on a TV game show.

The Boggit

The Boggit

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

The Boggit: Bored Too is a text adventure game by Delta 4 released in 1986 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is a parody of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit and of the earlier game based upon it also called The Hobbit. It is the prequel to Bored of the Rings. This interactive fiction with graphics game features reluctant adventurer Bimbo Faggins and devious magician Grandalf attempting to gain treasure, ultimately by appearing on a TV game show.

Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

Life in the Other World was blissful for you, Kteth, a falcon headed Egyptian Godling, and your brothers and other Gods until your Father, Set decided to murder the great God Osiris to take his place. Osiris' son Horus though rose up and defeated your Father and threw him out of the Other World, while his relatives including you are banished to become mortal and live amongst men. As you are innocent in all this some Gods have decided to help you and so tell you about a nearly forgotten manuscript called the Book of the Dead. It describes how a mortal soul can travel after dieing, to the Other...

Caveman

Caveman

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released

Enter the prehistoric world and discover its difficulties that our ancestors had to find their food. The idea of ​​the game is to choose one's way in the middle of infested plains monsters, and through traitorous mountain ranges, for reach the pterodactyl cave. Once reached, you must fly precious eggs of this monster and return to the cave by the way by the mountains and the plains trying not to make you eat by a beast hungry on the way. You can only wear an egg at a time, so six brave expeditions will be needed for all the eggs have been stolen successfully.

Counter Force

Counter Force

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Side-scrolling space setting shooter, sublime!

Dracula

Dracula

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

An English lawyer travels to Carpathia to meet Count Dracula regarding a routine property transaction, but soon learns that his client has sinister ulterior intentions. The game is a standard text adventure with static graphics in some locations. It is divided into three parts: "First Night" - The young solicitor arrives in Count Dracula's country, staying at the Golden Krone Hotel; strange events are observed "The Arrival" - After an eventful journey, he arrives at Dracula's castle, and soon learns the real nature of his host's intentions; he realizes that he must escape if he is to...

Dracula

Dracula

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Dracula is a text adventure based on Bram Stoker's novel of the same name. The player takes the role of Jonathan Harker, a lawyer who visits a certain Count Dracula in his castle. The game is divided into three separate text adventures which can be played independently, but build up on each other. The First Night is about Harker's travels to the castle and The Arrival deals with his time in the castle. During The Hunt, the last third of the story, the protagonist changes to Dr. Seward, the manager of the insane asylum in Whitby, Yorkshire. The game itself is mostly concerned with story telling...

Endurance

Endurance

Amstrad CPC - 1986

Endurance uses the same basic game system as CRL's Formula One, but turns its attention to motorcycle racing. As the title suggests, the six races featured are all lengthy, and include two 24-hour races for your two bikes (each with 2 riders assigned to it) to complete. Before each race you must set the bike up, trading off speed, fuel consumption and safety for the engine, and speed, safety and tyre wear for the chassis; you must also choose one of the 3 tire compounds. Options are selected using a menu-based system, mostly by clicking on words. Races are depicted via a side-view of the...

Formula One

Formula One

Amstrad CPC

Formula One is a Formula One racing management videogame published in 1985 by CRL Group PLC, developed by G.B. Munday and B.P. Wheelhouse for the ZX Spectrum, and converted to Amstrad CPC by Richard Taylor. Once the game is properly underway, you must buy engine and chassis upgrades, and can improve the quality of your pitcrew - all of which eats into your budget. Your cars must be raceworthy to be able to race. After qualifying you must choose your tyres for each car - rain can be a factor, and the game informs you of the expected conditions before the race. The races are depicted via a...

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

I am Doctor Victor Frankenstein. I believed... Oh foolish man! I believed I could equal the wonders of God. For I, in my researches had discovered the secret of life! For two wearisome years I experimented with my secrets of life force. Long hours spent in the laboratory tolling over bloddy tissue. Re-animating dead animal muscle: Notes, experiments, more notes, adjustments to my apparatus. My experiments became an obsession! I forgot about food, my body became wasted. My eyes stared wildly from sunken sockets. Friends had deserted me, considering me eccentric, I did not care! For I was...

Glug Glug

Glug Glug

Enterprise - 1984

Glug Glug was written by Steve Evans and published by CRL Group for the Spectrum and Enterprise. It was an treasure finding action game played underwater for 1 player or 2 players alternating.

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

This game was made just short of the 100th anniversary of England's most notorious serial killer, who gruesomely murdered at least five women in 1888. After accidentally killing someone, you become a suspect. You must prove that you are innocent, without the police hauling you in as they search for a scapegoat. Jack the Ripper is interactive fiction with occasional graphics, based closely on real events of the Ripper. The parser accepts full sentences, and instructions can be qualified with adverbs such as 'slowly' and 'quietly'. The game is split into three parts, including digitised graphics...

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

11 of the world's most valuable treasures are hidden in underground caverns. Some are easily found, others require a lot of skill to recover. Beware the giant lizards, vampire bats and trolls. You can dodge some things, and shoot others. There are hundreds of tunnels to explore and a whole host of wonders to discover.

Juggernaut

Juggernaut

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

You are in charge of an articulated lorry working for a small firm. You have been given the job of collecting various amounts of Timber, Coal, Oil and Fruit & Veg from wholesalers in the town. Press Fire and Fire again and you will see a map of the town on your right (home base is shown H and your position is shown with a small flashing square). Above the map is another group of icons ...

Juggernaut

Juggernaut

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

A top-down truck driving simulator released by CRL group in 1985.

Lunar Rescue

Lunar Rescue

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Lunar Rescue is a variant of Taito's arcade game of the same name. The aim of the game is to rescue stranded astronauts from the surface of the moon. A mothership moves back and forth at the top of the screen, and from it the player drops spacecraft that he has to safely land on the moon's three landing platforms. The game is similar to Lunar Lander but here the player has to navigate through an asteroid belt. The player can steer left and right and use the thrust to decrease the speed. Once the player has landed successfully, an astronaut will enter the craft and the player can take off...

Murder off Miami

Murder off Miami

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Based on the book by Dennis Wheatley, Murder off Miami is a three part graphic text adventure where you play the role of Detective Officer Kettering who has to investigate the death of a British financier, who it seems committed suicide on a cruise ship off the coast off Miami. Clues must be found and people talked to as you try to uncover the answers to this mysterious death. Text describes each location with the occasional graphic showing what you see in a location and the keyboard is used to type in commands to control your hero and interact with each location.

Robin of Sherlock

Robin of Sherlock

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

Robin of Sherlock is a 1985 adventure video game developed by Delta 4 and published by Silversoft.[1] It parodied the earlier games The Hobbit and Sherlock. It was written using The Quill. The game mixes the universes of Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes with a number of characters from other media, including Smurfs, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and others.[2] It also involves Professor Moriarty masquerading as Herne the Hunter.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Commodore 128 - Released - 1985

The Rocky Horror Show is a video game, based on the musical of the same name, where you get to control either Brad or Janet in your quest to explore the strange interior over at the Frankenstein place. It's a bit of a mind flip but if you are careful you'll do the time warp, again! Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Search the castle for pieces of the Medusa machine to free your partner from stone and escape the castle before it blasts off. Each one must be taken to the De-Medusa...

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Search the castle for pieces of the Medusa machine to free your partner from stone and escape the castle before it blasts off. Each one must be taken to the De-Medusa machine, only carrying one at a time. You must collect keys and disable force fields along the way. Other characters in the game will hinder your progress by stealing and hiding your clothes or other objects you may be carrying. Watch out for Riff-Raff or he'll shoot you with his laser...

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Search the castle for pieces of the Medusa machine to free your partner from stone and escape the castle before it blasts off. Each one must be taken to the De-Medusa machine, only carrying one at a time. You must collect keys and disable force fields along the way. Other characters in the game will hinder your progress by stealing and hiding your clothes or other objects you may be carrying. Watch out for Riff-Raff or he'll shoot you with his laser...

Room Ten

Room Ten

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1986

On the low-gravity worlds of the Galcorp, there is not much to do, so the corporation invents a new sport, played in low-gravity rooms. In essence it's a 3D Pong game, with the aim being to hit a ball towards the other player in such a way that he will be unable to return it. When the ball hits the back wall their opponent scores 5 points, with the first player to reach 35 being declared the winner. The screen is split into two, showing the view of each player, with the bat in the middle to start with. The game speed can be altered from adagio (slow) to vivace (fast), and the skill of the...

Samurai

Samurai

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Samurai is a turn based strategy/war game where you control an army of samurai and ninja attacking Japanese imperial forces in a temple. On starting the main game, the screen shows a top-down view of part of the area around a temple which is surrounded by a moat, and has stairs and bridges. Play consists of a number of turns, each consisting of a movement phase followed by a combat phase. The player alternates turns with the computer until one side has completely destroyed the other's units.

Test Match

Test Match

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

Test Match Cricket is one of the better cricket simulations, and another conversion from a venerable Spectrum original. On one side of the tape you can play a full test match with a maximum of 450 overs. On the other side is a one day cricket match, in which you can decide the number of overs you wish to play but only one innings per team can be played.

Wolfman

Wolfman

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

You wake up one morning, covered in blood but seemingly uninjured. Could the rumours about a werewolf's curse having returned be true, and could you be the one struck with this curse? Yes, they could. Wolfman is a text adventure split into three parts, played through the eyes of a different character each time. In the first you are the werewolf's host, and must beat the curse back. Sex is added to ultra-violence in part 2; you play the woman who loves him, and must survive a night of passion. In part 3 you play the host again, and must reach Fi Shan monastery to find the cure.

Zaraks

Zaraks

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released

Zaraks is an action game where the player has to make his way through a maze of passageways and reach his home base. On the way he will come across monsters (the Zaraks) who simply have to be shot before they spot him. There are also blockages that the player has to blast through. The player has a limited quota of energy that decreases as time goes. To recharge energy the player needs to pick up power cells that can be found around the maze. When completing a level a high score is given based on how long time it has taken. If the player is shot or energy runs out he has to start the maze over.

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