Alternative Software Ltd.

Ad Infinitum

Ad Infinitum

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

AD Infinitum is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft that can move around the screen in various directions blasting waves of aliens over 256 levels. Each wave of aliens appear from various places on to the screen and drop bombs as they move and if you are hit by a bomb or alien then you lose one of six lives but you have six continues to use when your lives are gone. As you fire your weapon, a gauge increases showing it overheating and if the gauge fills then you also lose a life. Moving and firing around the screen also decreases a fuel gauge and when this empties...

Aftermath

Aftermath

Amstrad CPC - January 1, 1988

Aftermath is a clone of the arcade game Missile Command. The gameplay is very similar in which you must protect the six bases on the bottom of the screen by firing at the missiles heading towards them from your hub. You have a limited supply of ammunition to fire and if your hub is destroyed by a missile you can no longer fire until the level is complete should your bases survive. If all six bases are destroyed the game is over.

Aftermath

Aftermath

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Aftermath is a clone of the arcade game Missile Command. The game play is very similar in which you must protect the six bases on the bottom of the screen by firing at the missiles heading towards them from your hub. You have a limited supply of ammunition to fire and if your hub is destroyed by a missile you can no longer fire until the level is complete should your bases survive. If all six bases are destroyed the game is over.

Aftermath

Aftermath

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Aftermath is a clone of the arcade game Missile Command. The gameplay is very similar in which you must protect the six bases on the bottom of the screen by firing at the missiles heading towards them from your hub. You have a limited supply of ammunition to fire and if your hub is destroyed by a missile you can no longer fire until the level is complete should your bases survive. If all six bases are destroyed the game is over.

'Allo 'Allo! Cartoon Fun!

'Allo 'Allo! Cartoon Fun!

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

'Allo 'Allo is based on the long-running BBC TV comedy series set in occupied France in World War II. From the back of the box: This is without doubt one of the best platform arcade romps to come to your computer. Packed with madcap humour, action and addictive gameplay. Huge multilevels! Full 360 Multi-directional scrolling! Over 900K of stereo music and sound effects! The most spacious sound around! Fully animated backgrounds some with 8 layers of parallax! 1 or 2 players (2 player option has simultaneous gameplay) Difference game variations for 1 or 2...

The Astonishing Adventures of Mr. Weems and the She Vampires

The Astonishing Adventures of Mr. Weems and the She Vampires

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

In this top-view shooter with similarities to Gauntlet, Mr. Weems has set out to kill the She Vampires in their mansion, which is split into six levels. These include many locked doors for which keys must be found, plus teleporters and secret paths. Weems' main foes are bats and monsters, strategically placed inside coffins, and regenerating when you re-enter a room. Contact with these drains his blood, although fortunately there are replacement vials of this to be found. He is armed with a garlic-firing gun, plus limited numbers of garlic pills, which make enemies avoid him. The first five...

Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football

Commodore 64 - 1989

This game is based on the sport Australian rules football, or Aussie rules. It has two teams playing against each other in four, three minutes quarters and the aim is to score the most points at the end of the game to win. A goal, also known as a sausage roll, is scored if the ball goes through the middle posts and is worth six points while a behind is scored if the ball goes between the side posts, this is worth one point. You can earn possession by tackling the opposition to win the ball. There is also a chance that while in possession you can drop the ball which may cause you to lose...

Axiens

Axiens

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Axiens is a version of Galaxians where you control a ship at the bottom of the screen trying to shoot all the aliens moving across the top of the screen and firing at you. Occasionally one will swoop down zig-zagging and shooting. When all aliens are shot then they appear once more moving faster, shooting more and more aliens swooping down. The joystick is used to control your ship. Released as part of the "Triple Decker 6" and the "Classic Arcadia" game packs.

Bangers & Mash

Bangers & Mash

Amstrad CPC

Bangers & Mash is a game based on the British kids TV show of the same name and sees you play as Bangers as you try to help your Mother by collecting fruit for a pie. The game is a platform game and over various levels you must traverse platforms while avoiding or shooting the various creatures. If you touch a creature, certain coloured flowers or obstacles then you lose one of three lives. There are three types of fruit to collect with the number to collect below the main playing area and once all are collected you move to the next level.

BMX Ninja

BMX Ninja

Amstrad CPC

As a top BMX gang member, members of a rival gang have attacked you. In order to protect your street cred, and thus keep your girlfriend interested in you (can't he get someone less superficial next time?), you must defeat them all. The game scrolls sideways, and puts you on your bike with a spin attack to deal with enemy bikes, skateboarders and scooters. 8 bikes must be beaten to move onto the next level, however this total is reset if you lose a life. There are six different settings across the US, and you can choose to play in front of any of these from the main menu.

Boing

Boing

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

You are Len the Programmer and in this flick-screen platformer you must collect all the royalties owed to you by a software house. You must navigate each screen collecting money bags while jumping gaps to other platforms, and while you can drop down to lower levels you can only fall so far before you are killed. Parachutes move around the screens and if collected allow you to drop down long distances once. There are also creatures moving around the screens and if you touch one, stay in one place too long or fall from a great height then you lose your only life and it is game over.

Bully's Sporting Darts

Bully's Sporting Darts

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Do you like to play darts? Would you like to have the opportunity to play darts on your computer? Here is your chance. This game offers seven scoring styles such as Golf, Cricket, and the normal 501 scoring style. Choose how you want to score the game and hop right in and play. Aim your dart with your joystick or keyboard, then let it fly and hope you hit something good! The game automatically scores for you so if you do not know how to score a dart game, you can still play. Knowing what you should aim for is helpful for getting high scores, however. The darts games included in this...

Bully's Sporting Darts

Bully's Sporting Darts

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

There is one thing you should know right from the start: I hate darts. As a result of this fact, you would expect me, and rightly so I might add, to tear this effort apart. Well sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not going to! In fact, quite the opposite. This is one of the most addictive, fun to play, downright enjoyable games I have come across in many a long month. Where does its appeal lie? Well instead of just simulating regular darts, Alternative have opted for something slightly different. As well as the popular 501 game and round-the-board versions, you can also play football, golf,...

Championship Baseball

Championship Baseball

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

In this traditional baseball simulation, gameplay takes place mainly on a split screen.One side shows an overview of the field, the other showing the batter, with the latter view disappearing when the ball is hit. The game requires you to "draft" a team before play, composing the best possible squad based on each player's skill attributes. The game also allows a semblance of managerial control, and has an optional batting practice mode to warm up. It then allows you to play individual games, or participate in a 4 division, 24-team championship.

Classic Arcadia & Baby Arcadia

Classic Arcadia & Baby Arcadia

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1994

This game contains 4 games: Muncher, Invasion, Rebound & Galaxy. These games are clones of the famous Pac-man, Space Invaders, Arkanoid and Galaxian. Each game has 2 versions, the Classic and the Baby. The Classic is the normal version and the Baby is the kids' version with cute graphics.

Confuzion

Confuzion

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

This is a puzzle game in which players must explode all of the bombs on each level using a spark. The spark flows along a fuse, which is made up of a series of tiles. These tiles can be moved in the manner of a sliding puzzle. In other words, there is only one unoccupied space and adjacent tiles can be moved into that space, freeing a new space in the process. The aim is then to move the tiles so that the fuse forms a path from the spark to each bomb. There is a time limit, however, and extra time is knocked off if the spark reaches a dead end. Some levels also contain water droplets that...

Count Duckula 2: Featuring Tremendous Terence

Count Duckula 2: Featuring Tremendous Terence

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

Count Duckula's arch enemy Von Goosewing has fixed a rocket to one of the castle turrets, blasting the vegetarian Vampire and his cronies into outer space. Duckula thought, thinks the motion of the turret is a side effect of drinking Nanny's potion (understandable really), but he soon realises their true predicament when they hit an asteroid field. Fortunately, Tremendous Terence Count, Duckula's hero comes to the rescue, knocking their “turret spacecraft” on to a nearby planet surface. Oh dear though it's planet Cute – Yuk! Duckula hates cute things, and he soon realises that if he and his...

Count Duckula in No Sax Please - We're Egyptian

Count Duckula in No Sax Please - We're Egyptian

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Count Duckula (in No Sax Please - We're Egyptian) is a 2D platformer with adventure elements. The game is based on "Count Duckula", a British animated television series. Count Duckula with his servants Igor and Nanny have brought their European style castle to ancient Egypt. Once there they set their on the Sax, an ancient Egyptian saxophone with magical powers. The Sax is hidden in the pyramid tomb of the pharaoh Upanatem, deep in the burning desert. Cont Duckula's rivals the Crow Brothers inadvertently hitched a ride on their time travel and are preparing their own expedition to foil the...

Dalek Attack

Dalek Attack

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1992

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story sees you trying to stop the Daleks from invading earth with help from your companions. The gameplay starts with you flying along the sewers of London on a hover platform blasting monsters with your laser. In later levels the gameplay turns to on foot platform jumping and shooting Daleks and Robomen with your sonic screwdriver and grenades. There are three different incarnations of the doctor for you to play as well as three different companions for a second player to play co-operatively.

Dalek Attack

Dalek Attack

MS-DOS - Released - October 1, 1992

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story sees you trying to stop the Daleks from invading earth with help from your companions. The gameplay starts with you flying along the sewers of London on a hover platform blasting monsters with your laser. In later levels the gameplay turns to on foot platform jumping and shooting Daleks and Robomen with your sonic screwdriver and grenades. There are three different incarnations of the doctor for you to play as well as three different companions for a second player to play co-operatively.

Dalek Attack

Dalek Attack

Commodore 64 - Released - 1992

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story sees you trying to stop the Daleks from invading earth with help from your companions. The gameplay starts with you flying along the sewers of London on a hover platform blasting monsters with your laser. In later levels the gameplay turns to on foot platform jumping and shooting Daleks and Robomen with your sonic screwdriver and grenades. There are three different incarnations of the doctor for you to play as well as three different companions for a second player to play co-operatively.

Dandy

Dandy

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Although directly licensed to John Palevich's earliest interpretation of top-view dungeon-based slashing, this game's features are closest to Gauntlet, the coin-op it inspired. You play either Sheba or Thor (both are active in a simultaneous 2-player game) as you move through 15 dungeons, with the aim of collecting all the available treasure. If this is done successfully, a code will be granted - put them all together at the end of the game. Foes are released in swarms through a control box. Once all these are dead you must destroy the box, to prevent respawning. The dungeons feature...

Death Before Dishonour

Death Before Dishonour

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - February 26, 1987

You have been chosen as the best of the best, your mission is to escort this power unit to your Gamma Hydra base 6. The unit is fitted with it's own power source, so you must protect the power unit from any hostile forces you may encounter along the way, it also has it's own shield but can only withstand 100 hits before it is destryoed, Good Luck soldiers!

Death Mask

Death Mask

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1994

Doom on the 7Mhz, 16-colour, 1Mb Amiga 500 might sound unrealistic, but this is one of a handful of games that managed it, and the first full Doom-style game for the Amiga. Unusually the multiplayer game was split-screen, which didn't really work because you could sneak a look into the other window to see where your opponent was - it's not exactly full of suspense. The major compromises in getting the game onto the A500 are the graphics, which lack texture-mapping, and the trick-3D used where the characters don't rotate smoothly in 360 degrees, but jerk through a small range of...

Death Mask

Death Mask

Commodore Amiga CD32 - Released - 1994

Doom on the 7Mhz, 16-colour, 1Mb Amiga 500 might sound unrealistic, but this is one of a handful of games that managed it, and the first full Doom-style game for the Amiga. Unusually the multiplayer game was split-screen, which didn't really work because you could sneak a look into the other window to see where your opponent was - it's not exactly full of suspense. The major compromises in getting the game onto the A500 are the graphics, which lack texture-mapping, and the trick-3D used where the characters don't rotate smoothly in 360 degrees, but jerk through a small range of...

Dinosaur Detective Agency

Dinosaur Detective Agency

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Dinosaur Detective Agency is an Action game, developed by Maximum Effect and published by Alternative Software, which was released in Europe in 1993.

Fireman Sam

Fireman Sam

Commodore 64 - 1991

Fireman Sam is based on the British animated children's TV show where you are Fireman Sam himself and you must drive around the fictional Welsh town of Pontypandy helping the residents in this top view flick-screen driving game. You start in your fire engine at the station and you are given a job which has to be found and completed before returning to the station while a timer decreases. Jobs you will receive are to put out a fire, get Norman's head out of some railings, remove a kite from a roof or find various objects for other characters like keys and hammers. You have no idea of where the...

Football Frenzy

Football Frenzy

Commodore 64 - 1987

As manager of Grimsditch Rangers you have achieved the impossible by getting the team to the Cup final. It is now Wednesday and the final is on Saturday but everything that can go wrong is going wrong, the kit needs washing, bills paying, strikers wanting to leave are one of the many problems you will face to get your team ready for the final. Football Frenzy is a graphic text adventure with text describing your locations and pictures showing what you see. You type in commands with the keyboard to interact with the locations and various objects.

Gladiators

Gladiators

Commodore 64 - 1993

You are the best helicopter pilot there is and due to your heroics you are now part of the Gladiator Squadron. Your job is to patrol over unconquered lands to keep the peace. One day while patrolling eight small islands you receive a call for help. To secure these islands that have great strategic importance, you must go in and destroy the enemy so land forces can move in. To stop you in your path there are lot's of enemy vehicles like helicopters, planes, trucks and boats. Buildings, bridges and aircraft by airfields are needed to be destroyed as well. Power-ups can be collected to help you...

Gold or Glory

Gold or Glory

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

Graham Gooch's Test Cricket

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Time to get your bat and pads, put on the whites and have a game of cricket. In this computer version of the game, you have the choice of length of game (40, 50, 60 overs or two innings), how many players (one or two), skill level (one to nine) and whether you want to play a simulation or arcade version. You then choose your eleven players for each team: wicket-keepers, slip catchers and bowlers. The main game is viewed showing a small part of the field from behind the bowler at an elevated angle. Also shown: the batters, wicket-keeper and slip catcher. In simulation mode you control the...

Grid Iron 2

Grid Iron 2

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

An American football management game. There are two leagues (AFC and NFC) and their teams to choose from. Players are rated out of 10 on skill, energy and form. Player trading is handled in a soccer-style transfer market, rather than with a US 'draft' format - mid-season trades for money are common. Matches have no direct tactical input, and are viewed from remote highlight shots.

Grid Iron 2

Grid Iron 2

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

This (American) football management game uses a menu-driven system. There are 16 teams to choose from; the Dolphins, Packers and 49ers are all in there. Players are rated out of 10 on skill, energy and form. Player trading is handled in a soccer-style transfer market, rather than with a US 'draft' format - mid-season trades for money are common. Matches have no direct tactical input, and are viewed from remote highlight shots, which do not have the distinct pitch markings of the original (an old Softstone game released under three different names).

Gunboat

Gunboat

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

In Gunboat, the goal is to infiltrate the enemy's network of inland waterways and destroy all their naval bases. To do this the player takes command of a new hydrofoil. The boat is armed with an arsenal of deck cannons, homing missiles, forward-firing torpedoes and rear-launched depth charges. Obviously the enemy are not going to make it easy, and have deployed helicopters, submarines and gunboats. Next to missile-launching bases, the river banks are lined with fuel and ammo depots. When there is little or no opposition, it is possible to dock at the depots to resupply or conduct repairs. The...

Hellfire Attack

Hellfire Attack

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Your SuperCobra assault helicopter is the most advanced of its kind, oozing with missiles and full of power, ready to blow everything in its path into the weeds. All it needs now is a capable pilot; hopefully you can fit the bill. The action is spread over day and night levels, across different types of terrain. On each level you must destroy a set number of aircraft to move onto the next level - otherwise the level loops back to the start. Extra lives can be collected throughout, and your plane is armed with smart bombs to use when the action is especially hectic.

Hideous

Commodore 64 - 1992

Searching for a new power source, scientists have been working on Delta Radiation. This form of radiation is far stronger than thought and has started seeping out of its container. This has caused the underground life forms to mutate. The mutants now want to destroy the plant and the world. You have been chosen to drive a tank and enter the complex to destroy the mutants and to stop the radiation from leaking. There is one source of the leak on four levels and each one must be stopped. To do this, eight lead blocks have to be collected one at a time and placed around the container. Once one...

Howard the Duck: Adventure on Volcano Island

Howard the Duck: Adventure on Volcano Island

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Your two best friends Phil and Beverly have been captured by a dark overlord! He is keeping them captive in an active volcano, and you need to rescue them. As Howard the Duck, master of Quack Fu, you need to make your way through the maze-like landscapes and jump or fight the many obstacles blocking the path using kicks and punches. Water must be navigated around because this 'superhero' duck can't swim. Or fly without the parachute you regularly use. Quicksand, enemy mutants and more will all get in your way before you can finally parachute into the volcano and defeat the dark overlord!...

Huckleberry Hound In Hollywood Capers

Huckleberry Hound In Hollywood Capers

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

As famous dogs go, this one is up there with the best of them. Fred Bassett, Lassie, Snowy, Muttley, Bouncer, Deputy Dawg, Rin Tin Tin, Nipper, K-9, Pickles, a quick office straw poll revealed other dogs of repute, but none of these venerable hounds have had their own game after them. Anyway, Huck’s treasured films Oscars have been half-inched and he has got to sniff around Cartoon World to goldenly retrieve them. I’d like to know exactly how long they spent working out the insulting excuse for a plot. I’d quite like to be told exactly how the ‘Hollywood Capers’ of the title relate to the...

Huckleberry Hound in Hollywood Capers

Huckleberry Hound in Hollywood Capers

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Based on the famous animated series created by Hanna-Barbera Productions about sweet blue dog Huckleberry 'Huck' Hound that speaks with southern drawl and wants to find the appropriate job. So Huck as amateur Hollywood actor should complete many acts in the different scenes (Under World, Sea World, Canyon World, and Sky World), which may be available later by entering the proper code, using three takes. The goal of gameplay is to clear each level of diamonds (increasing your score), hearts (increasing your bone energy), and Oscar (increasing your score also) jumping from the bottom of...

Humm-Dinger

Humm-Dinger

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Humm-Dinger is a side view horizontal scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls when you move your hero using a Jet-Pack, left or right, blasting waves of aliens. In each wave you must destroy every alien so that it will drop a B icon, and when a certain amount has been collected before they touch the ground you can then face a final wave to destroy. As you move and shoot around the level, you must avoid touching the aliens or their weapons as this decreases an energy gauge faster which is slowly decreasing. When your energy gauge empties then you lose one of four lives. Allowing a B icon to...

Huxley Pig

Huxley Pig

Commodore 64 - 1990

All Huxley Pig wants to do is go to bed and daydream about being a pilot, chef and sailor. Problem is that he has left the front door open which has let in creepy crawlies and various characters who have hidden his toys and pilot, chef and sailor outfits. All items must be collected before Huxley can go to bed and have his special daydreams. Various items must be collected so Huxley can walk past the characters who are blocking parts of the house to collect items which will help him complete his mission. Beware of touching the creepy crawlies and characters as your energy will slowly...

Invaders

Invaders

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Invaders is a side view single screen shooter inspired by the arcade game Space Invaders where you control a laser platform at the bottom of the screen, moving left or right, blasting aliens in formation above. The aliens move across the screen and when they reach the other side then they move down one place before moving across the screen in the opposite direction. As you blast the aliens, they will drop bombs and these must be avoided or you lose one of three lives when hit. Between you and the aliens are four shields but these take damage when hit from you or the aliens and will eventually...

Jungle Raid

Jungle Raid

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Published in Radio Elettronica & Computer 1988/10 and as part of Bogies Pick Value Pack 5. Dropped behind enemy lines George Chesthair must battle against the baddies and in the long cherished style of old...shoot the hell out of anything that moves! You need fast reactions, digital dexterity and all the other cliched things they always write about in scenarios like this. Good luck! I think at this point I'm supposed to say in a deep and meaningful style....YOU'LL NEED IT.

Kentucky Racing

Kentucky Racing

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

In most funfairs or theme parks you would find a stall which lets you participate in a horse race against other people. Customers throw a ball trying to get it into a hole. If the ball enters the hole the their horse will move. The further away the hole, the further the horse will move. The winner receives a prize. Welcome to the computer version of this game. You first enter how many players (1 or 2), the name of your horses and choose between easy or hard. Then the actual game begins. There are nine classic races to participate in including Ascot and The Kentucky Derby. Flat and jump races...

Lethal

Lethal

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Life-Term

Life-Term

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

You are Jake Stalin and you have been wrongly found guilty of murder. With no death penalty you have been placed on a planet called Souzel and you are in charge of processing rubbish into raw materials from a dozen surrounding planets. This is to be your new home till your death. Can you escape this planet or will you spend the rest of your days recycling other peoples waste? Life-Term is a graphic text adventure where you can see a picture of your surroundings as you read text describing what you see. You type in commands to solve puzzles and complete tasks.

Magic Rufus

Magic Rufus

Commodore 64 - Released - 1993

The sequel to Reckless Rufus. Antwicky, Rufus' homeland, has been taken over by evil witches. Rufus attempts to defeat them by putting on a cape and learning to use magic spells. Rufus moves around a landscape made up of platforms and ladders, avoiding or fighting enemies including witches, demons and vikings. First a number of prisoners must be freed from cages on each level, and then the exit must be found. Magic spells (which include weapons, and the key to open cages) can be bought from Spell Stalls or just found lying around. Chests provide coins to be spent at the Spell Stalls.

Microball

Microball

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

A pinball game for up to four players. The game features one simple pinball table. Lighting up the letters ABC at the top of the table scores 10,000 points (The letters can be rotated by the player). Also includes most of the usual pinball features, including bonus multipliers.

The Munsters

The Munsters

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

The characters from the 60s TV series The Munsters have been transported away to a mysterious castle. Playing as different members of the family in succession, the player must rescue them. As you walk through each room, you must collect items to help you deal with each challenge. You must build up your spell power by shooting ghouls, zombies and vampires, as this allows you to deal with other challenges. Avoid contact with those monsters, as they will zap your energy and finally kill you - you have a single life.

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Mystery of the Indus Valley

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

You are a historian and a member of the London Archaeological Society, so you Sir James Wentworth have been sent to the Indus Valleys due to your knowledge of South American tribes, customs and Antiquities. Your quest is to find the fabled Scythian Tablet and the Alexandrite's Starstone and bring them back to London but no one has ever returned from the valleys since the area started being explored in the early 1900s. Mystery of the Indus Valley is a graphic text adventure where the screen has text describing your location and a picture of what you can see. You type in commands with the...

N.E.I.L. Android

N.E.I.L. Android

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

In the year 2099, the spaceship EPIC makes another one of her journeys when she is suddenly caught in a plasma storm, forcing her off course into unmapped. Due to the damaged caused by the storm, the EPIC was forced to land on an uninhabited planet to make urgent repairs. While on the planet, the ship's crew had no idea that an unknown virus made its way onto the ship. Upon returning to the EPIC's home base of Altontron, the crew became aware that the ship had been infected by the alien life form. They have sent an android called NEIL to get rid of the aliens. Each room of the ship contains...

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Nightfall. The deadly enchantment begins. Will you live to see the dawn? Fight a desperate battle to save your soul from the vampyre's bloodlust. Your enemy's power is subtle and mysterious, his strength never-ending. There is only one way to bring Nosferatu's reign to an end.

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

This game shares two major similarities to The Great Escape: Firstly, it's licensed around a venerable film, using the setting to new effect. Secondly, it's isometrically-viewed (with monochrome graphics, even on the capable-of-far-better C64) and features full object interaction of the Filmation style - this is taken further here, as the physics of the objects are varied by their shape and centre of gravity. There are three stages to complete. In the first you play Johnathan Harker, who must retrieve some papers (he works for an Estate Agent's) and escape the castle. The second level...

The Official Father Christmas

The Official Father Christmas

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

The game is set on Christmas Eve, with Santa (Father Christmas) rushing to deliver presents to the entire world. After the player enters his/her name (which is used later in the personal letter to Santa), the first level takes the form of a flip-screen collecting game with Santa at home gathering the scattered pieces of his sleigh. If he collides with one of the elves running around, the item he is carrying is lost and has to be found again. The player chooses six presents they want (computer, doll, book, etc.), which are listed on their letter to Santa. Santa then collects the presents...

Operation Fireball

Operation Fireball

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Operation Fireball is a horizontal scrolling shooter viewed from above at an elevated angle, with the screen scrolling constantly from left to right as you use various modes of transport to get to a base to blow up a submarine. Between each mode of transport is a small animated scene as you move from one to the next and the modes are car, speedboat, ski, motorbike and helicopter. You must shoot or avoid the enemy in various vehicles or on skis, as well as avoid obstacles like rocks, oil patches and trees. Helicopters fly overhead and drop bombs while missiles fly from the right to the left and...

Popeye

Popeye

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Life's not all a bowl of spinach for Popeye as he hunts for hearts to win the love of Olive Oyl. His rival, the macho Bluto, is not amused. He thumps around making pulp of Popeye. The sailor man's quest for love takes him deep-sea diving, soaring on a flying saucer, deceiving dragons - he even becomes a human cannonball!

Popeye 2

Popeye 2

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach lovin' hero must once again rescue Olive Oyl and make mincemeat of Bluto while looking after Swee'Pea, feeding Wimpy and keeping an eye on Jeep. Popeye has four different levels to traverse through. His initial adventure takes him to a construction site where bouncing springs, falling girders and open welding flames impede his progress. Rolling barrels, and bombs which must be touched to be put out also stand to cause harm. In every level scattered hamburgers must be collected...

Popeye 2

Popeye 2

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach lovin' hero must once again rescue Olive Oyl and make mincemeat of Bluto while looking after Swee'Pea, feeding Wimpy and keeping an eye on Jeep. Popeye has four different levels to traverse through. His initial adventure takes him to a construction site where bouncing springs, falling girders and open welding flames impede his progress. Rolling barrels, and bombs which must be touched to be put out also stand to cause harm. In every level scattered hamburgers must be collected...

Postman Pat

Postman Pat

Atari ST - Released - 1989

Kids TV favourite Postman Pat aims to stamp his authority on the games scene by delivering a first-class licensed game. Your job is to guide Pat and his van around a particularly busy day of work.First you go to the post office where Mrs Goggins will give you the letters or parcel to be delivered.You will also have to help herding Peter Fogg's sheep, and do all this against a time limit. The game includes a rendition of the show's music, as well as two difficultly levels - according to the inlay the easy version is for children, and the harder one for 'the serious gamer'.

Postman Pat

Postman Pat

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Kids TV favourite Postman Pat aims to stamp his authority on the games scene by delivering a first-class licensed game. Your job is to guide Pat and his van around a particularly busy day of work.First you go to the post office where Mrs Goggins will give you the letters or parcel to be delivered.You will also have to help herding Peter Fogg's sheep, and do all this against a time limit. The game includes a rendition of the show's music, as well as two difficultly levels - according to the inlay the easy version is for children, and the harder one for 'the serious gamer'.

Postman Pat 2

Postman Pat 2

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Postman Pat's rounds for this morning take him through the streets to several different houses, all indicated by black arrows. Unfortunately, his van has broken down, so he must do his rounds on foot. The first job is to find a collect the pile of letters. Watch out for stray hens. Make sure to drink plenty of tea to ensure that he is up to the tasks. That is not all he must do though - being a pillar of the community he is always prepared to help out when his friends need a favour. These may involve collecting and using objects (only one can be carried at a time), or finding other people...

Postman Pat 3: To the Rescue

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Postman Pat 3 is a Paperboy-style game. Pat agrees to help deliver telephone directories on behalf of his friend Delivery Man Dan, who's broken his leg. The play controls Pat's van, and must deliver directories to as many houses as possible whilst avoiding obstacles and without running out of fuel. There are five days in which deliveries may be attempted and failure to deliver enough of the directories in the five days may result in Dan losing his job. Licenced game of the Postman Pat television series, and sequel to Postman Pat and Postman Pat 2. The TV show's theme music is used as the...

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Pro Mountain Bike Simulator allows you to ride over a course with various obstacles against a friend or the computer in the day or at night. The game is split screen and is viewed from the side and scrolls from left to right when you move your bike. You press right to move your bike, move up or down to steer and to change gears you hold down the fire button and press up or down. Certain obstacles like logs and holes can't be ridden over so you press fire to get off your bike and push it. Hitting an object throws you off your bike and wastes time and the winner is the person who finishes the...

Project X

Project X

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

This one has four sub-games which combine a horizontal-scrolling shooter, a platformer (using a yoyo to climb!), a horizontal-scrolling run through a cemetery, and a crosshair shooter (of which borrows the moon and the target-system from Forbidden Forest). Written by the legendary Shaun Southern who wrote several classics on the C64, and co-desgined the famous Lotus series of racing games on the Amiga and Atari ST.

Protium

Protium

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Protium is a side-view horizontal scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly from left to right as you control spacecraft blasting and avoiding aliens over various levels. Earth have been threatened with hyperspace by the aliens and because their base is so far away, an attack isn't plausible. The only solution is to activate the Galactic Shield but this requires large amounts of Protium and there isn't any on Earth. To get some, Protium, a ship laden with it has to be stolen and brought back to Earth to save the planet. The aliens attack in formations and if you touch any or are...

Psycastria

Psycastria

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

The Psycastria have constructed four different types of installation, one on land, one at sea on a giant carrier ship, one on the surface of the moon, and the final one in deep space. It is in these installations that they store their energy supplies in circular pods. You, now endowed with the skill and cunning of the famous Boggles, are in charge of a highly maneuverable craft capable of stunning mid-air changes of direction. Using just your basic astro-cannons you must attack each installation in turn, avoiding the high buildings that stand out from the surface. However the Psycastria will...

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Punch & Judy is a side-view flick-screen game based on the famous puppet characters where you control Punch who has to find all the parts for his tent before finding the cast members. The game is set in the English town of Bridlington in the summer of 89 and you move around the streets looking for the parts and cast members before the tide comes in shown by a small graphic. As well as walking off the sides of the screen, you can also move up and down the screen through gaps, and explore inside buildings. When you find a part of the tent you can carry it to the beach before looking for another...

The Quivering

The Quivering

MS-DOS - Released - 1998

The Quivering is a humorous, cartoon style adventure game, which spoofs the famous ghouls and goblins from historic horror flicks. When Olivetti Franken-Stamp, a member of the Mad Scientist Guild, goofs on his latest scientific experiment, all hell breaks loose - literally! Every demon, murderer, monster and freak is back on earth causing major havoc and mayhem. Franken-Stamp urgently sends for Spud, his cantankerous, redheaded nephew, to come to the rescue. With the aid of his uncle's "Ghoul Cube", Spud must return all of the evil meanies to their rightful place. The game is a first...

Rally Driver

Rally Driver

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Rather than creating a pure arcade game, Five Ways aimed at creating a true simulation of rallying that also had educational value. As such, a full map of the area is provided, a degree of route-planning is required, with each road having its own properties. Some have a higher possible speed, some are more likely to flood when it rains, and some are prone to being closed. You can get information on current conditions (and avoid a 50-second penalty) by stopping at a checkpoint. The hazards featured in the game are unusual - spectators running onto the track and stray farm animals must be...

The Real Stunt Experts

The Real Stunt Experts

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

You take the role of stuntman Fred MacMuscle who has been down on his luck but is offered to handle the stunts for a new series - Ricky Steel, Secret Agent. The caveat is that you are expected to cover your own insurance for each of the dangerous stunts. Completing each stunt scene will give you a certain amount of money that allows you to pay for the insurance for each stunt. The stunts vary from driving a car along a track, using ramps to jump over obstacles while shooting or avoiding others to flying a helicopter to rescue prisoners of war and rescue hostages from a burning building.

Reckless Rufus

Reckless Rufus

Commodore 64 - Released - 1992

Admiral Greave has caught Rufus hiding on the Astro Cruiser heading for Earth. To stay on the ship Rufus has to earn his keep so he is beamed down to the planet Killey to collect rare crystals. Once enough crystals have been collected then Rufus can get back on board and go to Earth. There are 5 crystals a level to collect. Problem is Killey is a very hostile planet with only blocks to step on as well as the inhabitants not being very welcoming. To aid him, Rufus has a gun but only limited ammo. To move about a level Rufus can step on a block with a number. This allows Rufus to move onto...

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

The activities of the RAF's famous aircraft display team are brought to life in this simulation. The player can take part in loops, rolls and flypasts, working in tandem with friendly pilots as little as 6ft away, flying at over 300 miles per hour. Instructions are given in-flight; follow the requested height and direction to maximise the visual appeal of the routine and to avoid collisions. Thrust and steering can be automated in flight; this invokes a scoring penalty but allows new players to master the more complex functions.

River Rescue: Racing Against Time

River Rescue: Racing Against Time

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

The player is in charge of a ship on a river, which flows from right to left across the screen, with a view from above. The ship must avoid colliding with the various obstacles on the river - these include small islands, crocodiles and wood logs. The aim of the game is to rescue the explorers dispersed in the jungle. The ship periodically passes near a couple of piers on both sides of the river. If the ship approaches the upper one, an explorer leaves the jungle and gets on the ship. If you approach the lower one instead, all the explorers on the ship are going down, which are considered to...

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Commodore 64 - 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...

Rogue Trooper

Rogue Trooper

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

On the planet Nu-Earth, the perpetual war between the Norts and the Southers has left the entire world a wasteland. The Southers have developed a new weapon: Genetic Infantrymen (G.I.s), designed to withstand the harsh environmental conditions. On their first mission, however, they are betrayed: the Quartz Zone Massacre leaves only one of them alive. The surviving G.I. goes AWOL, bent on a mission: to prove that there was a betrayal and to bring the traitor to justice. Helping him are three of his former comrades, who survived as biochips: Helm, Gunnar and Bagman. In the first game based on...

Rugby Boss

Rugby Boss

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Rugby Boss allows you to manage a team in the form of rugby popular in the North of England and take them from Division 2 and become champions of Division 1 as well as any cups. You have various options like buying and selling players, selecting your team and looking at the fixtures and League Table. Once you are happy with your selections it is on to the next game which is just represented by text. You see a timer counting upwards to 80 mins and the names of both teams playing. Text appears when any scoring incident occurs.

Run for Gold

Run for Gold

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Run For Gold is a single player athletics game in which the player trains two athletes for middle distance running, one for the 400m discipline and another for the 800m & 1500m disciplines. The player must guide their runners to success in a series of local races before being allowed to race in four major championship finals, Crystal Palace, the European championship, the world championship and finally the Olympics. The game has forty runners who use individual, realistic race tactics against whom the player must compete. The player can save the runners they train and load them back into...

S*M*A*S*H*E*D

S*M*A*S*H*E*D

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Pigseye Peers is a newly-qualified surgeon sent to join the mobile military hospital unit in Korea - the Strangest Mobile Army Surgical Hospital East of Detroit, or S*M*A*S*H*E*D for short. Thus, the game is a clear spoof of the very popular TV series, M*A*S*H*. It is an adventure using text inputs with occasional graphics. Your job is to get a still back, but you have no idea where it is nor how to get it - the supplied instructions offer little more than a command list. Usually, you will get a description of the room, as well as a listing of items, vehicles, and possible exits. To go in...

Scare Bear

Scare Bear

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Fred Bear has decided to have a cheese sandwich for his supper. Eating it has made Fred tired, so he falls asleep. He starts dreaming that he is driving through Toyland, which is occupied by fluffy snakes, wooden ducks, space men, toy trucks, and several other inhabitants. Unfortunately, touching any of these toys poses a danger to Fred as doing so causes damage to his car, and if the car inflicts enough damage, it breaks down and Fred is sent to heaven. Fortunately, Fred is equipped with a nuclear honey pot and some balls of honey, which can be thrown at the toys to put them out of...

Skool Daze

Skool Daze

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

The game features the player as a schoolboy named Eric, with the objective of stealing his report card out of the staff room safe by accomplishing various tasks around the school. The computer controls all the other characters in the game, including the headmaster, other teachers and other pupils. The four teachers are Mr Wacker (the headmaster), Mr Rockitt (the science teacher), Mr Withit (the geography teacher) and Mr Creak (the history master). Other than Eric, three of the pupils are named: Boy Wander (the tearaway), Angelface (the bully) and Einstein (the swot). The player has the...

Slug

Slug

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Picture the scene. It's Friday night, 11PM. Slug and his sweetheart are settling down in front of the gogglebox to watch the Friday Nite Horror Movie, 'Emperor Hades Meets the Yak Faced Melboids from East London Part 37 (Revisited) when from out of nowhere, a huge mechanical hand reaches down and plucks your beloved from before your very eyes. Bewilderment quickly turns to determination as you vow, whatever the cost, to save her. You discover that she has been taken to a strange land where monstrous creatures roam. (No, not Glasgow, silly!) These creatures include snails, turtles, snakes,...

Soccer Boss

Soccer Boss

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Take control of a football team in a division below the top one, and try to lead them to glory in both league and European competition. You start with a squad of 12 players, whose names can be changed, but have room for 15 players in total, with chances to buy and sell players. You can take out a bank loan, the level of which depends on your division. The team's formation can be customised, and as outfield players are not limited to a single position, you can customise the team's strengths and weaknesses in quite a precise way. Matches are played out by listing scorers as they happen, and...

Soccer Challenge

Soccer Challenge

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

You have been given a chance to show off your skills to play for a top football team. You must participate in four skill tests and complete each skill to a satisfactory standard and you can then participate in a assault course which includes all four skills. Before the tests you can choose your kit colour and skill level. The four skill tests are viewed from a 3rd person perspective at an elevated angle and you use the joystick to control your player. The tests are: Dribbling: You must dribble a ball around various cones with the direction indicated by an arrow within a time limit of two...

Sooty & Sweep

Sooty & Sweep

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than fifty years. This platformer is the first game featuring the characters and they have got themselves into some problems. Matthew has gone out and left Sooty in charge of the house. Problem is that Sweep has left all his old bones all over the house and left the door to the garden open so that all kinds of bugs have gotten in. The game simply involves collecting all of the bones while avoiding the creepy crawlies that are occupying the house. The player can choose to play as...

Sooty & Sweep

Sooty & Sweep

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

"Izzy Wizzy let's get Bizzy!" There's always trouble when Matthew goes out. This time he has left Sooty in charge until he returns. Unfortunately Sweep has been up to his old tricks and not only left his dirty old bones all over the house but has left the door to the garden open and all the creepy crawlies have got into the house. Sooty and Sweep will be in big trouble if they don't clear up all the bones by the time Matthew gets back. Luckily Sooty has his magic wand out and Sweep his water pistol (in the two player game). They decide to find all the old bones and ask Soo to help...

Sooty And Sweep's Fun With Numbers

Sooty And Sweep's Fun With Numbers

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Six short mathematical tests aimed at children up to 7 years of age come together in this package. Sooty the silent magical bear is one of the UK’s most enduring children’s characters, and his friends Sweep the squeaking dog and Soo the talking bear join him here. The games can be played with little or no computer knowledge, and feature full graphics. In Magic Numbers the player must count how many wands Sooty has on the screen. Sweep’s Bones involves moving bones from a pile on the right (Sweep’s stash) to the left (the ones he will enjoy today). Soo’s Hats is an addition test. In...

Spitfire 40

Spitfire 40

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

You are a Spitfire pilot and you have been tasked to fly your plane across the English Channel and destroy any flying bombs on the ground and any enemy planes in the area. You also have to defend your base in England by shooting any flying bombs flying in the air towards your base. All this has to be done before your fuel runs out and you crash. You have six Spitfires to use but you can lose some if they are destroyed at your base. The game is a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up with the screen scrolling left to right or right to left if you turn your plane. The game also scrolls upwards and...

Splat!

Splat!

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

A spider must be guided safely through a maze, eating all the patches of grass. The screen scrolls in four directions, and the walls of the level are in a different pattern on each level, and must always be avoided for fear of losing a life. The main thing making life harder is that the level is always scrolling in random directions, and contact with the wall at the edge of the screen costs you a life. As a result, careful planning is required to ensure that you don't get trapped into a corner. There are seven levels of increasing difficulty to get through.

The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

A Bookware adventure based on the book by Harry Harrison This is an illustrated text adventure with a 200 word vocabulary. You are cast in teh role of James di Griz, the Stainless Steel Rat. Your mission is to save both your wife, Angelina, and the world, by finally destroying the evil menace, "He" in true Rat tradition you must also look for opportunities for self-advancement. There are a variety of ways of accomplishing your mission, and a final score will reflect the most efficient solutions.

Star Wreck

Star Wreck

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Star Wreck is a single player text adventure game with graphics that is a parody of the television series Star Trek. The player takes the role of Captain James T. Cake of the starship Paralysed. The mission is to travel to the planet Dandrox and deliver a Trell and a Rigellian Slime beast who are needed there for experimental purposes. On board there is the Thracian ambassador to Dandrox.and a Krall who's travelling elsewhere. The ship starts falling apart as the game progresses and a number of the puzzles are based on resolving these problems in order to reach the destination. The game...

Strike Force Cobra

Strike Force Cobra

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

A crazy scientist who is only known to the secret services under the code name "The Enemy", recently developed a new type of nuclear bomb with an explosive force that could reach immense dimensions. Allegedly, one can destroy all of mankind with this single bomb. The Strike Force Cobra, a four-man unit that is under your command is now supposed to stop this super-villain. This is most effective and safest by destroying the bomb that is stored deep in the underground lab of the crazy professor.

Super Snake Simulator

Super Snake Simulator

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

A snake clone developed by legendary coder Shaun Southern (Kickstart, Kickstart II, Trailblazer, etc.) However, there are more obstacles in this then in the standard snake game. Such as animated mechanical devices like robots and such. This game was published on Alternative Software's Triple Decker #8 compilation pack.

SuperTed: The Search for Spot

SuperTed: The Search for Spot

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

This is going to be a tough mission for our superhero - SuperTed. His best friend Spotty has been kidnapped by the evil and tricky Texas Pete with his henchmen Bulk and Skeleton. Luckily, Spotty is carrying a homing device which he manages to switch on before being bundled into Texas Pete's car. You must help SuperTed rescue Spotty. Remember SuperTed is no ordinary bear, he has many special powers - not least of all he can fly!

Superted: The Search for Spot

Superted: The Search for Spot

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

This is going to be a tough mission for our superhero - SuperTed. His best friend Spotty has been kidnapped by the evil and tricky Texas Pete with his henchmen Bulk and Skeleton. Luckily, Spotty is carrying a homing device which he manages to switch on before being bundled into Texas Pete's car. You must help SuperTed rescue Spotty. Remember SuperTed is no ordinary bear, he has many special powers - not least of all he can fly!

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Control Thomas the Tank Engine as he's got to take special trips he has to organise: Take children to the seaside, medicine to the hospital or deliver the mail. Beware of dead ends, level crossings, other trains and vehicles through your route! Based on the famous television and railway series, this game is designed for ages 3 and up.

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Control Thomas the Tank Engine as he's got to take special trips he has to organise: Take children to the seaside, medicine to the hospital or deliver the mail. Beware of dead ends, level crossings, other trains and vehicles through your route! Based on the famous television and railway series, this game is designed for ages 3 and up.

Thomas The Tank Engine 2

Thomas The Tank Engine 2

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Thomas the Tank Engine's Pinball

Thomas the Tank Engine's Pinball

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1995

Britt Alcroft's train-based characters (famously voiced by Ringo Starr) were brought to several computer games, and this is perhaps the most unusual, simplifying the game of pinball to aim it at younger players. Four different tables are included, based loosely around Thomas, James, Percy and Toby. Up to 8 players can take it in turns, and there are 3 skill levels and a high score table. The tables vary in their complexity and difficulty; Thomas' is very basic in its design, while the others (especially Toby's) have more advanced ramps and combos. Full screen and scrolling view modes are...

The Trap Door

The Trap Door

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

The player takes control of Berk, who must perform tasks for "The Thing Upstairs" a never-seen entity who lives in the upper floors of the castle where Berk works. In order to help him complete his task, Berk must make use of the many objects lying around his part of the castle as well as the creatures that emerge from the trap door. Berk is assisted by Boni, a talking skull, who provides hints when picked up. He is also somewhat hindered by Drutt, a spider who loves eating worms.

Turbo Girl

Turbo Girl

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Turbo Girl, well-known by that name in all the Galaxy, lieutenant of the body of immediate intervention of the korg army, has been chosen to fulfill a suicidal mission: Three "Elder" (strange cybernetic beings) intercept the provisions of the colony supported by a ship-robot army; she must destroy them. Cross the different levels avoiding to be demolished by the ship-robots and finish every "Elder" which all of them are protecting. The game consists of three levels very differentiated, and each one is divided as well in several parts that will allow you to continue from one of them when...

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