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Beach-Head

Beach-Head

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1985

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin. The player's mission is to storm the island and recapture it. This takes place over the course of six different sequences. The first sequence is Aerial Reconnaissance, where the fleet must be moved directly past the enemy or into a hidden passage to trigger another, optional stage. In this Hidden Passage sequence, the player will have to maneuver around mines and torpedoes. Successfully completing it gives a surprise advantage in the following General Quarters sequence, where the player controls anti-aircraft guns shooting...

Beach-Head II

Beach-Head II

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Beach-Head II features the player pursuing the eponymous Dictator in several ways. There are four levels in the game. In the first level, called Attack, the player deploys soldiers along a path with walls to cover him from the dictator's gun. The objective is to destroy the gun. The second level involves rescuing the prisoners from deadly obstacles by clearing them with a gun. The third level's objective is to escape from the area by flying a helicopter with the prisoners out of the dictator's fortress. Finally the player and the dictator face off, on opposite cliffs, separated by water. To...

Bounty Bob Strikes Back

Bounty Bob Strikes Back

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! is the sequel to Miner 2049er and was initially released in 1984 for the Atari 8-bit family. The game added a pseudo-3D look to the platforms and increased the level count from 10 to 25. It was ported to the ZX Spectrum in 1985. Gameplay is similar to Miner 2049er in that the player must inspect every section of 25 mines while avoiding mutants within a set time. One difference is that after losing a life, sections on platforms remain covered and destroyed enemies do not reappear, making it easier to complete a level.

Bounty Bob Strikes Back!

Bounty Bob Strikes Back!

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! is the sequel to Miner 2049er and features similar gameplay. As Bounty Bob, your goal is to claim every inch of 25 challenging mines. To do this, you must walk over each segment of the framework in the mines. To reach each segment of framework, you will need to figure out a way to jump, climb, or use one of the many devices occasionally available to get there. To your help you get around (or sometimes hinder progress) are ladders, slides, suction tubes, cannons, transporters, and other devices. Wandering about the mines are many dangerous mutants. If you come in...

Breakdance

Breakdance

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Breakdance is game based on the dance craze from the early 80s and consists of three different games, a chance to compete in the three games together or just choreograph your own dance routine. One or two players can play with each player taking it turns to dance. The games you can play are: Hot Feet Dance Contest: This is a Simon-like simple break dancing memory game. A computer character performs a pattern of five break dancing moves which the player then has to reproduce by moving his joystick in one of four directions. Every round, one more move is added, increasing the difficulty the...

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Bruce Lee is a platform/beat 'em up hybrid, in which the player controls Bruce Lee. The plot involves the eponymous martial artist advancing from chamber to chamber in a wizard's tower, seeking to claim infinite wealth and the secret of immortality. There are twenty chambers, each represented by a single screen with platforms and ladders. To progress, the player must collect a number of lanterns suspended from various points in the chamber. Most chambers are guarded by two mobile enemies; The Ninja, who attacks with a "bokken stick"[5] and The Green Yamo, a large unarmed warrior, visually...

Doppleganger

Doppleganger

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

Doppleganger is an action-adventure game designed by David T. Clark and published by Alligata Software and Americana for the Amstrad CPC in 1985. It is unrelated to the text adventure game Dopplegänger which was released that same year.

Dr. Maddo

Dr. Maddo

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Evil Dr. Maddo. has discovered a way to duplicate almost everything, human or otherwise. He has abducted the attractive Marilyn Monroe, he holds her captive in his castle in Un-Hollywood. You are entrusted to save her by her millionaire movie agent. Dr. Maddo intends to clone her, thousands of Marilyns would destroy her image, and there must only ever be one Marilyn. No one has yet succeeded in saving poor Marilyn from the evil clutches of Dr. Maddo. Only your bravery and determination can destroy him, but the master of cloning and illusion is no easy adversary.

Fearless Fred and the Factory of Doom

Fearless Fred and the Factory of Doom

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Fearless Fred owns a factory comprising of 16 rooms. His job is to collect parts that are found lying on the ground within a strict time limit. There is only one problem. Each room is infested with robots and other dangers, and Fred has no weapon he can use against them. The only thing he can do is jump over them. If he makes any contact with them, Fred becomes electrocuted and he loses one of his life. A built-in cheat allows the player controlling Fred to move up or down a room, but by doing this, the player is unable to enter the top three.

The Halley Mission: A Shuttle Simulation

The Halley Mission: A Shuttle Simulation

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

As Commander of an advanced space shuttle craft your only aim is to be chosen to mastermind the ultimate mission, to launch a sophisticated probe into the tail of Halley's Comet, but first you must prove your worth...

The Hulk

The Hulk

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

1st in the Questprobe Marvel Comics series. Play Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk through this interactive fiction game with graphics. You awake as Banner, tied by ropes to your chair in a bunker in the desert; once you free yourself, collect all the gems to escape this hellhole.

Ollie's Follies

Ollie's Follies

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Ollie has made the mistake of entering a factory which turns out to be ran by evil robots. It is split into 24 tough screens to complete in order, none of which are designed to be easy for a human to navigate. Ollie's Follies is a simple 2D sci-fi platformer displaying the kind of horizontally layered environments Frank Cohen became well known for. Each level's objective is disarmingly simple - just get from one end of the screen to the other. These contain teleports, guard robots to avoid, and an array of complex ledges to navigate. Later screens add moving platforms, laser bolts and...

Pacos Pete

Pacos Pete

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

If you think you had it easy fighting your way through the desert, and being involved in mean gunfight and barroom sports, wait until you milk the cow... Multipart action featuring: - desert crossing - gunfighting - beer drinking and arm wrestling - cow milking

Questprobe featuring Spider-Man

Questprobe featuring Spider-Man

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

The second Questprobe adventure moves on from the 'verb noun' command interface of The Hulk and allows fuller sentence inputs. The in-game graphics also see some degree of advancement. You play Spider-Man, Peter Parker's crime-fighting alter-ego, as he takes on Mysterio, who can block out Parker's Spidery senses using his canisters of poison. As in The Hulk, the Examiner plays a key part in the game, as he initially strips Spider-Man's knowledge and prepares him for the battle. Throughout the game you meet many familiar Marvel characters, using the clues in the provided guidebook to help...

Questprobe featuring The Hulk

Questprobe featuring The Hulk

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1984

1st in the Questprobe Marvel Comics series. Play Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk through this interactive fiction game with graphics. You awake as Banner, tied by ropes to your chair in a bunker in the desert; once you free yourself, collect all the gems to escape this hellhole.

Raid Over Moscow

Raid Over Moscow

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

The USSR has launched a huge attack on the USA, and the only hope for the free world is for you (as leader of a US Squadron of fighters) to destroy their defense bases. This is done in a multi-stage action game with some similarities to the same developer's Beach Head. All the mini-games must be completed before the time limit on the bomb is expired. The first thing you will see is a missile being launched; the game then takes you to your hangar, from which you must quickly launch as many ships as possible, a task made difficult by the limited gravity. You must then fly it into Soviet...

Robo Knight

Robo Knight

Commodore Plus 4 - Released - 1986

You are a Knight, and your quest in this flick-screen platform game is to explore a castle and collect 15 shields to get to the exit and collect the Sword of Power within a time limit. As well as platforms to get around, doors must be used to get to other parts of the castle. There are various obstacles that need avoiding like water, drills and platforms that move left and right and if you touch any of the obstacles then you lose one of three lives. Once you retrieve all the shields and get the Sword of Power, you can attempt to complete the game again to receive more points.

Saracen

Saracen

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

A combination puzzle/action game from Datasoft. In each of the 100 levels, the player moves a crusader through an obstacle filled maze trying to reach the Saracen Chief and detonate a bomb next to him. The chief does not move, instead remaining in a set position. Along the way, he must avoid roaming guards, bouncing cannonballs, and other traps. The crusader is armed with a bow and can pick up directionally specific arrows that are used to stop guards or destroy walls. The arrows being limited to shooting in one of the four compass directions is exacerbated by only being able to carry one...

The Scrolls of Abadon

The Scrolls of Abadon

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

For his own amusement, a Wizard has constructed a strange game inside his head. It takes place on a grid loaded with pieces of an Amulate, all of which must be collected. When you collect one, an arrow appears preventing you from moving back in that direction; failure to obey the Wizard sees him release a beast, which must be avoided. You are the player in this forced 3D world. As well as Amulate pieces, there are also scrolls to collect - these produce spells which can be activated by typing the name. Spells include freezing the enemies, a level skip and a smart bomb. Other than the bomb,...

The Secret of Levitation

The Secret of Levitation

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Test your inner powers in 9 mind snapping challenges. Discover if you have the mysterious qualities to achieve true dominance of mind over matter.

Sentinel (Synapse Software)

Sentinel (Synapse Software)

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

In this sequel to Dimension X, you join the warriors of Dimension X to continue fight against evil on the planet Jaraloba. This time it is flown in outer space, while you are controlling the space jet. Gorganitor squadrons were detected in all 50 sectors (10x5 matrix) of your star cluster, and you should clear them one-by-one. Sitting in cockpit of your space jet, you may examine the view in first-person perspective, accelerate, decelerate your jet, move in 360 degrees, and shoot the enemy spacecrafts. During your mission, radar helps you to detect the enemies out of your view, but energy...

Spy Trek Adventure

Spy Trek Adventure

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

As Mike the Spy, you must explore several European countries, in search of some all-important plans. The plans were in the possession of a fellow agent who was unfortunately killed, leaving the plans somewhere in Europe. Your mission will involve getting onto a plane using fake ID, flying without a plane to Switzerland, and then onto Venice. Objects you will encounter include an umbrella, an onion, and a fishing line. This adventure is written using GAC (Graphic Adventure Creator); as such, most of the screen features visual representations of your surroundings, with text input at the...

Subterranean Nightmare

Subterranean Nightmare

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Unusual seismic disturbances have been detected in the Nevada desert area. These may have to do with the nuclear test of 1986, though what is not known. Our top scientist Professor Fusion has been sent to investigate.

Thingy and the Doodahs

Thingy and the Doodahs

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Thingy is a bit of a wally. He has broken his Spectrum. If his parents find out, his life will not be worth living. Therefore, he must embark on an epic journey to find enough money to buy a replacement before returning home. His task is not an easy one as the Doodahs will not let Thingy have their money without a fight. There are many different types of Doodahs, the most deadly of whom are the merciless Whatsisnames. Others are Thingummybobs, Whatchamacallits and the So-and-sos.

Tremor

Tremor

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Tremor is an arcade action maze game. You control a Miracloid droid around a 400-room map, avoiding 20 types of enemy whilst collecting 10 jewel-shaped "qigit" objects. Each "qigit" must be dropped onto an associated dock, somewhere else on the map. Controls are left/right/thrust/jump/fire (similar to JetPac). There are power-ups etc. in some rooms. Gameplay is mainly about exploration, with some quick reactions called for when enemies spawn in tricky situations. You can only hold 3 objects at any one time, so a certain amount of swapping and dropping objects is required. The game intro...

Whirlinurd

Whirlinurd

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Nurds are always hungry and Naples Yerty, Hooseby Nurd, Hamish Pupkin and Melvin Lugby are no exception and require feeding so they must explore 50 levels to find four pieces of food on each level. You control one of the Nurds and three other friends can take control of the other Nurds with a joystick. The game is a platform game which scrolls in all directions when you move. There are various nasties and obstacles on each level which need to be avoided or you lose one of three lives. As well being able to jump, Nurds have a special feature, rotor blades fitted to their head which enables them...

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