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Arkanoid

Arkanoid

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

Arkanoid is an arcade game developed by Taito in 1986. It was ported to the BBC Microcomputer and released by Imagine in 1987. This game is derived from the older Breakout style of game in which a bat and ball was used to smash bricks in a wall. In Arkanoid the bat becomes a Vaus spaceship and the ball an energy bolt. Power-ups are caught by positioning the Vaus below them as they fall (meaning that you risk missing the ball if you go for them at the wrong time). The power-ups include lasers (which are mounted to each side of the ship and allow you to shoot out the blocks), a catching...

Bad Dudes

Bad Dudes

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Bad Dudes is a six-level action game originating in the arcades. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky.

BadLands

BadLands

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Badlands continued the Super Sprint lineage, but moved the game into a futuristic post-apocalyptic setting. The races consist of 3 souped-up cars toughing it out over 4 laps on one of the 8 tracks, which are viewed from above. Two human players can take part, but only the winner continues without using up credits, so you will only see the early races in two-player mode. You are armed with guns, which can be used to slow opposing cars. During the races spanners can be collected, which are then cashed in for upgraded turbos, improved weaponry and engine upgrades. Hazards on the later tracks...

Dragon Ninja

Dragon Ninja

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1988

Bad Dudes is a six-level action game originating in the arcades. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky.

The Duel: Test Drive II

The Duel: Test Drive II

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

In the sequel to Test Drive, you can play against the time or the computer. Choose between a Ferrari F-40 and a Porsche 959, and take on your opponent, who is in the other car. There is also traffic to avoid. Each stage has a different setting, including forests and mountains, with a wide range of hazards to dodge. The game is designed to allow for scenario disks. To finish a stage, you must stop at the gas station by yourself, which allows you to refuel. Game includes 'California Challenge' & 'European Challenge' scenery disks.

Fighter Pilot

Fighter Pilot

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

An area of 15000 square miles is incorporated into this combat flight simulation from specialists Digital Integration. A full cockpit view is recreated, including gauges for airspeed and vertical speed. You can take off, land and shoot it out, with full practice modes on offer. Blind flying, cross winds and air turbulence are modeled accurately and can be used for a more advanced flying experience. A map is built in, as is full recreation of the targeting facilities of a F15.

Green Beret

Green Beret

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

This arcade game arms you with a knife and sends you on a kamikaze mission against hordes of enemy fighters. There are four distinct sections of gameplay, taking in a Missile Base, a Harbour, a Bridge, and an enemy Prison Camp. Extra weapons with limited ammunition can be collected along the way, which will make the task a lot easier. The level is divided into 3 horizontal levels, which can be moved between either by jumping or using ladders, and this gives a chance to avoid the more threatening mobs of enemy fighters.

Hard Drivin'

Hard Drivin'

Commodore 64 - 1989

Hard Drivin' is a 3D arcade hit from Atari Games. You are in control of a high-performance sports car. Your objective is to race around the course as fast as possible and hit as many checkpoints as possible. If you hit a checkpoint you gain extra time to go farther. You will see traffic on the road both in your direction and coming down the opposite direction, so be careful when you pass... The course has two sections: speed track, and stunt track. Speed track is longer, but you can usually achieve higher speeds. Stunt track requires you to perform several stunts such as jumping bridges,...

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Endorsed by famous tennis player, Jimmy Connors, this game offers tournament and single play on multiple court types. Using crosshairs, aim your ball to the other side of the court and hope you hit where you want. If you are lucky, you might even score an Ace. If not, you will need to be ready to return your opponent's return. Run back and forth as you try to keep hitting the ball over the net until your opponent misses, or you do. When you hit the ball, you will want to attempt changing the direction and speed of the ball to throw your opponent off balance. This is the real challenge of...

Life Force

Life Force

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

In a distant part of the universe, an alien creature called Zelos was born. As he grew so did his appetite, and soon he began devouring galaxies, planets, and stars by the hundreds. Now your planet has appeared in Zelos' path, and it is up to you and a partner to fly into battle to save your world. Salamander is an action-packed shooter where there are six levels which alternate between side and vertical scrolling, each of them ending with a powerful guardian. Throughout the game, destroying certain enemies will release power ups which can be used to equip your ship with more powerful weapons,...

Operation Thunderbolt

Operation Thunderbolt

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Operation Thunderbolt is the exciting sequel to Operation Wolf. An airliner is hijacked by terrorists en-route from Paris to Boston, who threaten to kill all hostages on board if their mates aren't released from jail. Instead of reaching its destination, the airliner makes a landing in Kalubya, Africa, and all the hostages are hidden in various locations. The authorities have asked the hero from Operation Wolf to rescue the hostages, but only this time, the hero brings his friend along for the ride.

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Ping Pong recreates the fast-paced sport of table tennis. To win each match you must get to 10 points with a 2 point lead - if the scores reach 10-9 the game goes on until someone has a 2 point lead or reaches 15, in a similar manner to tennis. There are nine skill levels to beat, with increasing abilities as the game goes on. The human player has the advantage of serving first, and as the serve reverses every five points, you are guaranteed to have more chances to serve than your opponent (remember the significance of 10 and 15 in the scoring). The points system rewards long rallies and large...

Platoon

Platoon

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

The film Platoon featured a squad of five soldiers on their mission for the US Army in Vietnam. In this action game based around the film, you take control of these five guys in turn, with the chance to switch between them as they each take one of the 3 hits that would kill them. The game recreates each of the sections of the film, starting with a side-scrolling journey through the jungle, with paths to cross both horizontally and vertically, and the ability to jump or duck hazards. You will need to blow up a bridge and then locate a village, which contains a torch, a map and a trap-door....

Predator

Predator

Commodore 64 - Released - July 1, 1988

You’ve heard about Predator, the Schwarzenegger movie - now you can play the leading role. Take a crack commando unit into the South American jungle to rescue a bunch of trapped diplomats. Should be easy enough. and so it would be, if it weren’t for the mysterious alien who keeps on taking out your men.

Quartet

Quartet

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Your job is to basically find the end-of-level boss, and then defeat it to obtain the key that will open the level exit, but your task is made difficult by the planet's inhabitants. Get the jet-pack to make it easier to navigate the level and shoot any inhabitants that get in the way. These inhabitants will leave behind something that you can get to increase your score, and the inhabitants will eventually regenerate. If any one of them touches you while you have the jet-pack, you land on the ground or the nearest platform, and have to get it again; and the same rule applies to the key.

R.B.I. Baseball 2

R.B.I. Baseball 2

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

R.B.I. Baseball 2 features all 26 major league teams, each with a full roster of players. You can choose any National or American League team. You can even play one of the 1989 All-Star squads. The game features One Player and Two Player options as well as a Password mode to enable you to play a full season (one game against every team in the division). In addition, a watch mode provides you with the best seat in the house for a computer-controlled match up. This second version is similar to the original game in terms of gameplay. This time around the game uses the teams and statistics...

Rainbow Islands

Rainbow Islands

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

The basic premise of the game is that each level is an island which is slowly sinking into the sea. The player must therefore get to the top of each level, by jumping on platforms and making use of the game's most distinctive feature: the ability to produce solid rainbows, which are used both as platforms to stand on, and as a weapon.

Rambo III

Rambo III

Commodore 64 - Released - July 15, 1988

Rambo's mission is set deep in Afghanistan, in the days when the Soviets occupied it, and America was putting this right (we won't mention who they enlisted to do so). Colonel Trautman has been kidnapped by the Soviets, and you've gone in there to rescuing him. Doing so is a three-part operation approximately following the plot of the film. In the first part, you explore the building Trautman could be in, through a top-down view of the building. It is heavily protected by infra-red security beams, which when activated unleadsh the enemies. The locations of the beams are only apparent if you...

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Rambo must tranverse six zones from bottom to top while defending against waves of enemies, ending with a boss at the end of the stage. Rambo is armed with a machinegun that can only shoot upwards, left and right, as well as in diagonal between the mentioned directions. He also counts with explosive arrows that are limited in quantity but can be shot in eight directions.

Rampage

Rampage

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

The game where the nice guys don't get a look in. Grab your way through Chicago, punch up New York, and jump on San Francisco. Three indescribably nasty characters which bear a remarkable likeness to King Kong, Godzilla and Wolf-Man, need you to send them on a RAMPAGE in an enduring 150 days of destruction through 50 different cities!

Rastan

Rastan

Commodore 64 - Released - July 15, 1988

Rastan features five levels or hacking and slashing gameplay with a boss at the end of each level. Numerous enemies assault you on your journey such as flying demons, chimeras, valkyries, piranhas, skeleton undead and more. Fight through to the end and save the land of Lograth from certain doom. The game features different weapons such axes, maces and fire swords, each with its own attributes like extended range or attack power. Armour can also be picked up in the forms shields, cloaks and armour, reducing the damage from enemy attacks. Other items include rings (increase the speed of your...

The Real GhostBusters

The Real GhostBusters

Commodore 64 - Released - October 16, 1989

Join in with all your favourite Real Ghostbusters heroes and save the city from a haunted array of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night! Zap and trap as many creepy ghosts and scary monsters as you can - bust the mad monks or the garish ghouls and head for some real bad craziness! Pick up the keys, dump the ghosts and seek out more spooks - or you'll be history! - Smooth 8 way full colour scrolling - One or Two Player mode - Thousands of different creepy ghosts and monsters to zap and collect - Ghostly sound effects - Dynamic introduction screen - Fast moving...

Renegade

Renegade

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

The game is set on the mean streets of Brooklyn, which you must venture through to meet your girlfriend, and then rescue her from her kidnappers. This is split into five levels, taking you through the subway and the docks as well as some inhospitable streets. A wide range of aggressive moves are on offer, including headbutts, kicks, punches and flying kicks. Much of the game's violence is depicted in a fairly tongue-in-cheek style, with an element of attempted humour along the way.

Renegade III: The Final Chapter

Renegade III: The Final Chapter

Commodore 64 - Released - July 1, 1989

The hero's girlfriend has been beamed into the future, while the man himself has been sent back into prehistory. This sets the scene for a sideways scrolling arena combat game, where the player fights in various time periods. The settings varied from Egyptian and medieval, to a futuristic level. As such, gone are the attacks of street gangs from the first two iterations of the series, replaced by assailants such as knights in armor and robots. In each level you have six minutes to reach the finish, as this is all the time the time-travel portal is available for.

RoboCop

RoboCop

Commodore 64 - Released - July 1, 1988

Based on the 1987 movie of the same name, RoboCop allows the player to control RoboCop. The majority of the game is a side scroller. RoboCop can punch unarmed citizens and shoot armed citizens. He can move left, right and duck but can not jump. Different weapons can be picked up from enemies, and power-ups to restore health and/or energy. Following levels, RoboCop will have to match a criminal's face to the proper mugshot and engage in a first-person shooting bonus round.

Run The Gauntlet

Run The Gauntlet

Commodore 64 - Released - January 1, 1989

Competitors in this ITV television game show had to show their prowess on a range of vehicles including Buggys, Speedboats, Quad Bikes, Jetskis and Inflatables. Players of this licensed version must do the same, on horizontally and vertically scrolling levels on land and water. Many levels include enemy droids as well as inbuilt hazards, all of which must be avoided. The main unique event is The Hill, an assault course which takes place on foot. Up to three human players can take turns to contest the various events. The exact sequence of events is randomized each time, which makes the...

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative is based around classic-style shoot 'em up action. It puts you in control of a satellite which must ensure that the wave of bombs aimed for the United States do not hit. Direction of motion and direction of fire are controlled independently - on the 16-bit versions you rotate the mouse left and right to direct the targeting, move it up and down to increase the range, and use the joystick to move the satellite and thus avoid any contact. Each level is split into defensive and offensive stages. On defensive levels you must stop each unit as it heads towards...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a platform game where the player goes into the role of Bart Simpson (from the TV show The Simpsons) and must stop the Space Mutants from invading Springfield. On each of the five levels, Bart must collect (or get rid of) the ingredients that the Space Mutants are planning to use to build their machine, such as purple objects or balloons. He also has to collect enough "proof" of the aliens existence (brown coins left behind when they are jumped on), so his family members will help him when he meets a boss (characters such as Nelson and Sideshow Bob). This won't...

Skate Ball

Skate Ball

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Skateball (also known as Skate Wars ) is a futuristic sports video game, a mix of ice skates and football . The playing field is the size of 3 screens and the central screen contains various obstacles made up dynamically from a library of sprites . The part added at the bottom contains the faces of the selected players (which are the faces scans of the people who participated in the development of the game. Two teams of three players each are selected from a list of players with different characteristics (speed, strength). This selection being automatic when the chosen opponent is the...

Skull and Crossbones

Skull and Crossbones

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Fight as either Red Beard or One Eye through various pirate themed levels, like ships and forts, and even some non-pirate themed levels, battling ninjas, skeletons, and others in a quest to get back your hard earned money from an evil wizard. You can also fight side by side with a friend (who controls the pirate you didn't choose). Fighting works like fencing, with a few different moves to use, including parrying. The levels scroll through with a boss at the end of each. You gain money by vanquishing foes and digging for treasure where X marks the spot.

Space Station Oblivion

Space Station Oblivion

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

A 3D strategy / action game featuring scaling and rotating polygon graphics. You're the sole voyager happening upon an abandoned space station that's ready to explode from the pressure of dangerous vapors building up inside. For each sector, you must locate the build-up area, then drill to release the pressure. Features 18 different areas to explore, each with its own unique laws of physics and logic, and a number of secret rooms and hidden levels to discover.

Star Wars

Star Wars

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Star Wars is the conversion of the Atari arcade machine. The first release on the C64 was by Parker Brothers and was already published in 1983 on cartridge. The Domark version was programmed completely anew in 1988 by Vektor Grafix and published as disk version as well as datasette version. Brøderbund took over the sale in the USA. The game consists of three sections which repeat with a rising difficulty grade until the player has used up his shield energy. Space battle, Death Star surface and the famous trench run.

Super Hang-On

Super Hang-On

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

This is a conversion of Sega's popular motorcycle racing arcade game. In this game you race a motorcycle around the world, completing each section of track within a time limit. There are other bikes on the road, but beating this is not important, so they can be thought of as moving obstacles. Each continent is a different difficulty level: Africa is beginner, Asia is junior, the Americas are senior, and Europe is expert.

Super Sprint

Super Sprint

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Super Sprint is a racing game for one or two players, with the Arcade version allowing three players to race at the same time. Gameplay is from an overhead view of the racetrack. The racetracks start simple and gradually get more complicated, and may also feature obstacles ranging from traffic cones to tornadoes. Occasionally wrenches will appear in the roadway, and when collected they can be used after a race to power up your car with better tires, better acceleration or a higher top speed.

Supercars International

Supercars International

MS-DOS - Released - July 31, 1996

This is the third game in the Super Cars series of top-down view, arcade racing games from Magnetic Fields. As always, there is also a management portion available in the game (which is optional). The game is basically a re-make of Super Cars II, with added elements, tweaked gameplay, updated 256-color VGA graphics and a new soundtrack. The game lets you compete in three built-in seasons (easy, medium, hard) but also lets you customize your own seasons. All the 21 tracks seems to have been lifted from the previous title, but here you can choose the amount of laps and also race them in...

Target: Renegade

Target: Renegade

Commodore 64 - Released - July 15, 1988

Mr. Big is back in town, and this time he's captured your brother! He's being held at Big's Pig Pen which is located on the upper side of town. The problem is, every gang in the city is out looking for you. It is now up to you to beat the odds and rescue your brother. You start the game armed only with your fists, and along the way there are some additional weapons to be found such as baseball bats or garbage cans.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

The game consists of several actions parts linked together. All parts are different, each resembling typical games of the genre (for example: 1st level is like a side-view beat 'em up). Between each level a small cutscene from the movie is shown.

Total Recall

Total Recall

Commodore 64 - Released - 1991

Based on the movie of the same name, Total Recall puts you in charge of Douglas Quaid, who must find a way to Mars in order to find the answers to his two questions: why is he being hunted, and who is hunting him. In order to do this, Quaid must go through level after level of beating up bad guys that get in his way. Some of the levels differ in gameplay, and range between action and driving scenes. The action scenes mainly require you to collect some items before leaving the level. You have only one chance to complete the current level, which means that if your energy is lost, the game...

Vindicators

Vindicators

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

The Tangent Empire are preparing to attack the earth with their convoy of tanks, and it is you who has been sent forward to destroy the 14 space stations which make up the potential invasion threat. There are 3 sub-levels on each station, which can be played in any order. The action scrolls in every direction, with you guiding your tank-link droid around to shoot the opposition droids. The tank takes a while to steer, making it initially harder to avoid contact with those enemies. Each level contains energy stars, which can be traded in for upgrades such as improved weapons and extra speed...

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