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Action Force

Action Force

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret documents that if found by COBRA will cause a breach of security. Instead of an all out attack from the island protectors, they send in the only suitable vehicle for the terrain; an All Weather and Environment (AWE) buggy. Problem is this has nothing to defend itself with. Enter stage left, Wild Bill in a Dragonfly Helicopter. His mission is to protect the AWE against enemy aircraft from destroying it. Also he must lift bridge parts and lower them down over gaps to stop...

Action Force II: International Heroes

Action Force II: International Heroes

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Action Force II: International Heroes is a video game released by Virgin Games in 1988 for the ZX Spectrum home computer. It is the sequel to Action Force. Cobra has taken a number of innocent citizens hostage and it is up to Action Force to rescue them. They are being held in separate groups atop various urban buildings. Each block must be scaled by Quick Kick while Airtight covers him from the helicopter. As with Action Force, the player must shepherd a character across a dangerous environment, however the game is otherwise completely different. The player controls the crosshairs of...

Angler

Angler

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1983

Angler is a fishing game where a river is viewed from the side. The player controls a boat left and right along the surface and has to catch the fish that swim back and forth in rows. With the press of a button the line will be cast and it will drop until the button is released, it hits a fish or reaches the river bed. To catch a fish the hook has to land exactly in front of it. In each game the player has 100 casts and has to catch as much fish as possible before they run out. In addition to fishes there are crabs which should be avoided since they eat fish that has been caught. To get rid of...

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Commodore 64 - Released - July 15, 1986

In the single mode game, the player controls Marty McFly through various stages set in 1955 in which he collects various clock icons in order to advance to the next level, and avoid the gradual vanishing of his future (indicated by a fading photograph at the bottom of the screen). If the photograph fades fully, Marty would lose a life as it would show him vanishing. Collecting 100 clocks restored the photograph to its full, unfaded status. Two power-ups can help improve Marty's control: bowling balls that can destroy enemies and a skateboard which can speed up gameplay. There are also three...

The Biz

The Biz

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Players set up their rock band with gigs, make them rehearse new songs, and hire a recording studio for producing new albums. The player starts out with no talent or money and an agent must be hired in order to better co-ordinate the band. The stage presence of the band and the fanbase are improved with every gig performed. School dances and YMCAs are the first places that accept the player's newly formed band. Real television stations are included: a band from either Swansea or Cardiff would perform on S4C while a local band from Coventry would get promoted on Central Television. Players can...

The Computer Edition of RISK: The World Conquest Game

The Computer Edition of RISK: The World Conquest Game

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

The Computer Edition of RISK: The World Conquest Game is an official conversion of the classic Parker Brothers board game. Two to six human and/or computer players attempt to conquer the world with their armies. Computer players have three different skill levels. There are actually four major versions of the game available: UK full game, US full game, UK short game, and US short game. The short games have an added rule to make the game go faster. In the UK short game, players can try to complete an assigned mission to win. In the US short game, players try to occupy enemy HQs. In addition...

Continental Circus

Continental Circus

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

The home conversions of Continental Circus lack the full-on 3D and special glasses of the arcade version, but retain the essential gameplay structure. The first race is in Brazil and features 100 cars, and requires you to finish in the top 80 in order to qualify for next race. As you work through the 8 races the size of the field steadily decreases, but so does the worst acceptable finishing position to qualify. The car has high and low gears, and is susceptible to damage from contact with another car. Once you hit a car or a piece of the trackside scenery you will be called into the pits -...

Dan Dare II: Mekon's Revenge

Dan Dare II: Mekon's Revenge

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

After more than a year's silence the Mekon stirs again from his hideout in deep space. His ambition to be ruler of Earth has not shaken in its resolve. The Mekon's last onslaught on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth was courageously foiled by Colonel Dan Dare and his chums. A giant atomic asteroid was propelled towards Earth; the Mekon's ransom was the precious freedom of the Earthlings or their total destruction! Dan boarded the asteroid and initiated its powerful self-destruct mechanism, escaping just in time to see the asteroid blast into thousands of harmless pieces! This time...

Dan Dare III: The Escape

Dan Dare III: The Escape

Atari ST - Released - 1989

In Dan Dare III, Virgin's latest addition to the saga, Dan faces his toughest challenge yet. The Mekon has made things pretty rough for him. Dare has been taken prisoner and moved to a satellite from where the Mekon intends to sublimate the entire race of the Earth thanks to his armies of Treens – products of his unsuccessful Treenisation experiments. But Dan quickly escapes and finds a spaceship which should get him back to Earth. But before he can make it work, he must locate 50lbs of fuel in a catacomb of corridors, chambers and shafts. Dan is initially armed with a plasma rifle, a...

Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future

Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Dan Dare the original Super Hero was being featured on the Earth Broadcasting Corporation "This is Your Life" programme. The invited guests who spoke glowingly of Dan's achievements, his bravery and compassion, included his faithful friend Digby who had shared so many of Dan's adventures, Professor Peabody, Fleet Commander Sir Hubert Guest, Sondor the Venusian ambassador along with his equivalent from every planet in the known universe. It seemed that the whole world had turned out to honour Dan. Dan Dare, embarrassed but deeply moved by these accolades, stepped forward to speak,...

Double Dragon (Virgin Games/Melbourne House)

Double Dragon (Virgin Games/Melbourne House)

Commodore 64 - Released - July 15, 1987

The player takes control of martial artist Billy Lee, or his twin brother Jimmy , as they fight their way into the turf of the Black Warriors gang in order to rescue their common love interest Marian. The player character has a repertoire of martial art techniques which they can perform by using the joystick and three action buttons (kick, jump, and punch) individually or in combination. Techniques ranges from basic punches and kicks, to more elaborate maneuvers like hair grabbing moves or elbow punches.

Dr. Franky and the Monster

Dr. Franky and the Monster

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Dr. Franky has created a monster with the different body parts of several humans. Although he succeed in completing it, the abomination isn't human nor alive yet. To make this possible Dr. Franky has to collect 9 different flasks of life-giving chemicals located at his 9 dungeons and deliver them to the monster. Do make things difficult, the people Dr. Franky used for his creation have returned as ghosts. They seek for revenge and to kill him. Dr. Franky and the Monster is a traditional platform game composed by 9 different scenarios. To deliver the life-giving flasks the player has to...

Falcon Patrol 2

Falcon Patrol 2

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Just like it's predecessor, Falcon Patrol II is a two-way side-scrolling shooter that sees the player controlling a jet fighting off different enemies. A small radar shows the positions of the enemies and landing platforms (where the jet can be refueled and re-armed). The jet is capable of shooting diagonally downwards now, and there are more versatile enemies. Apart from helicopters that directly attack the jet, there are also unarmed support helicopters that drop anti-aircraft guns and radar jammers. There are 15 levels of difficulty and the next level is reached once a certain number of...

Falcon: The Renegade Lord

Falcon: The Renegade Lord

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

This arcade game features 8 different "time zones" comprising some 70 screens of fast and furious action. You are Falcon, a special agent of TIME, the Temporal Investigative and Monitoring Executive, a person with exceptional talents and skills. Your time machine, Falcon's Wing, allows you to travel through null-space to the past and the future. Falcon's Wing is equipped with CAIN (Cybernetic Artificial Intelligence Nexus) which is one of the most advanced computers ever devised. CAIN is linked to TIME'S massive memory banks, accessible at any point in space or time by means of your...

Golden Axe

Golden Axe

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

A terrible scourge has settled on the land of Yuria. The Evil reptilian creature Death Adder invaded the peaceful villages and by ways of this ancient land, putting the population to the sword (and worse!). His armies of thugs and other murderous creatures now run amok in Yuria, terrifying the innocent citizens and exacting crippling taxes from the people. Food is running low, and there is little hope of freedom. The very existence of Yuria is now threatened - Death Adder has kidnapped the King and his daughter, the beautiful Princess, and he is holding them captive in their...

How To Be A Complete Bastard

How To Be A Complete Bastard

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

This game is based around cult ‘alternative comedian’ Ade Edmondson’s book of the same name. Having gate-crashed a party full of sophisticated well-behaved types, you must do everything you can to be seen as hateful, yobbish and immature – a Complete Bastard. The house has several rooms, each of which are filled with objects which are of use, as well as unlimited supplies of food, alcohol and coffee, which control how drunk you are at a time – some awful actions force you to be sober, others force you to be drunk. The game also displays whether you need the toilet (or, more accurately, any...

The Island

The Island

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1983

The Island is a mix of a traditional text adventure where each location is described by text and you use the keyboard to type in commands to interact with each location and an action game where you have to use your reflexes to avoid dangerous obstacles. The objective is to use a treasure map to find the treasure which is hidden on a different island from your starting location. You have to find the correct island, then locate the buried treasure and bring it back home. If you fail at one of the action sequences you have failed in your quest and it is game over.

Italy 1990

Italy 1990

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

World Class Soccer is a soccer (football) game that ties in with the 1990 football World Cup. The game uses a top-down perspective for matches and features the full World Cup structure and all the 24 teams who were involved. Multiple formations and team selections are available before each match. The ball sticks to the feet of the players, who can be tackled either by doing a block tackle, or attempting a slide tackle, which risks giving away a foul. Matches can vary between 4 and 90 minutes, and each player has differing skills and behaviour style depending on his team's relative ability.

Italy 1990: Winners Edition

Italy 1990: Winners Edition

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

Italy 1990: Winners Edition is a soccer (football) game that ties in with the 1990 football World Cup. The game uses a top-down perspective for matches and features the full World Cup structure and all the 24 teams who were involved. Multiple formations and team selections are available before each match. The ball sticks to the feet of the players, who can be tackled either by doing a block tackle, or attempting a slide tackle, which risks giving away a foul. Matches can vary between 4 and 90 minutes, and each player has differing skills and behavior style depending on his team's relative...

Lost

Lost

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1983

Lost is a graphics survival adventure. You are lost in a forest clearing, surrounded by mountains with only 5 days supply of food. There are animals and snakes which pop up now and again and may be killed if you're quick enough off the mark - or they may get you. A complex list of graphic symbols at the start tells you what you are seeing, fruit trees, caves, water, settlements etc. You can move 4 characters at a time, but this allowance decreases over poor terrain. Weather plays an important role and between each move the weather forecast is displayed. This is built up so slowly it renders...

McDonaldland

McDonaldland

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

The Hamburglar has stolen Ronald's bag of magic tricks! In this 2D platformer, it's up to you to play as Mick or Mac and get it back. Go across various lands and meet McDonald's characters as you travel to places like Ronald's Clubhouse, Birdie's Treehouse, and the Hamburglar's Hideout as you collect Ronald's cards. To kill the many animal enemies you will find, you must collect bricks and throw them. In some sections you will travel along water in a dinghy; also watch for moving platforms and bonus sections, The game features seven different worlds with over 30 main levels and nine bonus...

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

Monty Python's Flying Circus is an arcade style game based on the UK television series of the same name. Players control one of the "Mr. Gumbies" and maneuver him through multiple screens, throwing fish at flying feet and similarly surreal enemies. Periodically the game cuts away to a non-sequitur aside, such as a lesson on "the larch," or a quick game of breakout.

New York Warriors

New York Warriors

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

NY Warriors is a top down action game in which you must face various armed gangs in a post apocalyptic New York and finish various missions. The game is heavily influenced by the movie The Warriors. In each mission the player faces a different gang with distinct outfits and characteristics; Ramboids, Sammies, Assasins, Sluggers, Killer Klowns, Ganja and finally Bomber. A fairly common shooter game, it is fairly true to the formula for such games, lots of enemies, lots of shooting and joystick action. Various weapons can be picked up for use as you progress to enhance your firepower. The...

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...

Racing Manager

Racing Manager

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released

It's a new racing season and you have your eye on Derby Day, only 25 meetings away. Experience all the thrills of the race track. Manage a stable of ten horses, training and selecting the best runners for each race, looking carefully at the form, the going and distance. Buy and sell horses as your fortunes ebb and flow. Back your selection and then watch the race. If you can't bear the tension, you can just see the last furlong to discover if you've made the big time or are back on your uppers. A very realistic simulation of the race-horse scene, using the Spectrum, and...

Rick Davis's World Trophy Soccer

Rick Davis's World Trophy Soccer

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

This football simulation focuses on international football, allowing you to play a tournament or single friendly matches. Up to 8 human players can be involved in the tournament. Options include three skill levels, variable match lengths and a choice of sound or music (or both on some versions). The match is viewed from the side, although it switches to a 3D view when the ball is close to the goal. The ball roughly sticks to the player's foot. Set pieces are controlled by moving an aiming cross-hair.

Shinobi

Shinobi

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

ENJOY FRANTIC oriental action in this Ninja beat-em-up. Search for kidnapped children and dispose of marauding thugs with blows from feet, fists and shuriken stars. Classic SEGA coin-op thrills! One hot summer's day, everything began to go wrong. As the most famous graduate of a secret oriental Ninja school, you had been invited back to the annual graduation ceremony and prize-giving. Having enthralled the junior classes at the assembly with your tales of international ninjiing, you were just about to move on to handing out prizes to the seniors when there was a flash of Dark Ninja Magic...

Shogun

Shogun

Commodore 64 - Released - July 1, 1989

The game reproduces many of the novel's "scenes", few of which are interconnected in any way. The player assumes the role of John Blackthorne, Pilot-Major of the Dutch trading ship Erasmus. During a voyage in the Pacific Ocean in the year 1600, the Erasmus is shipwrecked in Japan. Blackthorne must survive in a land where every custom is as unfamiliar to him as the language. After learning some of the society's ways, he is drawn into a political struggle between warlords and falls in love with a Japanese woman. Eventually he embraces Japanese life and is honored as a samurai.

Silkworm

Silkworm

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1989

Nuclear arms were outlawed by a series of international treaties after the fourth great war, and now civilisation has returned to low-explosive weapon systems whith high delivery rates. War has almost gone 'green'. Weight of numbers, together with very high firing rates, goes partway towards making up the shortfall in power occasioned by the ban on nuclear weapons. But even though the generals have been provided with an incredible number of tanks, planes, choppers, mines and field guns to play with, they are not at all pleased. They are in fact, well unhappy. The commanders of the One...

Sorcery

Sorcery

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

You are one of the last four remaining great sorcerers. When Necromancer kidnaps the other three, it is your task to rescue them within a time limit in this action adventure hybrid. The player must fly through 17 screens including wastelands, a river and the woods, collecting items and keys to access other screens. Avoid evil ghosts and sorcerers, as they will drain your limited (but replenishable) energy. The final destination is Stonehenge, where the player must kill Necromancer using one of the three potential objects discovered during your journey.

Trans-Atlantic Balloon Challenge

Trans-Atlantic Balloon Challenge

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

In 1987 billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. In the game you have been challenged to a race across the ocean in a hot air balloon with the winner the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean. You can play against a friend or the computer but instead of controlling the balloon you control an eagle with laser sights who controls the balloon. It must defend it as well from the other competitors eagle or a biplane dropping various objects on the balloon. Children also float around carried by balloons and points can be gained for touching...

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