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Graham Kidd
Chris Bourne

Amstrad, £9.95cs, £13.95dk
C64/128, £9.95cs, £13.95dk
Spectrum £9.95cs

...And two 'free' games makes twelve. Everyone gets a copy of Spindizzy, the first-rate Marble Madness-esque spinning top game and Dandy, Electric Dreams' pitch at the Gauntlet-clone market which came a bit late and proved less than totally impressive.

In addition to the aforementioned duo, five games are common to all three formats:


An excellent, cutesy, arcade adventure from the programming parlour of Steve Crow, guaranteed to amuse and entertain.


A complicated puzzle game that requires you to clear building of bombs and reassemble a computer using Deactivator droids. Plenty of brainpower is needed to solve this unusual game.

Sacred Armour of Antiriad

A beautifully presented platforms-and-mapping arcade adventure. Collect up the components needed to activate an anti-radiation suit, clamber into it and destroy the alien mothercraft that is terrorising your tribe.

Bride of Frankenstein

Go off in search of Frankie's missing organs in yet another arcade adventure - this time the action is a little quirky, but fun nevertheless

Uchi Mata

Probably the only judo simulation so far attempted on computer - and accuracy is the order of the day. To begin with, play is relatively easy, but serious thought as well as serious practice is needed if you are to progress to beating the more skilled opponents. An outwardly complicated game that offers rewards if you persevere.

The Spectrum and Commodore collections 'share' three more games:

Classic Snooker

A straightforward pot-the-balls baize production.

Skate Rock

An unpolished but playable skateboarding excursion where points are awarded for collecting flags and avoiding hazards on a series of urban courses.


A fast-action scrolling race game from C64 cult programmer Andrew Braybrook.

The Commodore collection is rounded off with:

Magic Madness

An unusual and appealing subterranean platform adventure.

Iridis Alpha

The excellent, fast and furious Jeff Minter shoot em up that includes sub-games where you can take a rest from the energy-collecting and alien-killing which forms the core of the main game

Spectrum owners can thrill to the delights of tomb-exploration in the 3D arcade adventure Pyracurse or go on a little private investigation all of their own with Contact Sam Cruise.

Amstrad owners receive a different set of five games along with the five common titles:


Sets you a fairly traditional 3D isometric adventure scenario on the quest to rescue a man who is capable of saving the human race. The pace of the game is a little slow and the puzzles less than mind-twisting, but there's enough to keep you busy during a rainy afternoon.

City Slicker

Off you go in pursuit of the equipment to defuse a terrorist bomb, following a fairly traditional arcade adventure format set in London and featuring many familiar landscapes.


A straightforward maze game that doesn't impress with the graphics but sets quite a tricky task involving the rescue of five captives.


A race game with a difference - you race against time on a set of abstract courses, hindered by spheres, cubes and bolts of energy dropped from the skies. Different, but a bit dodgy...


A tortuously tricky maze puzzle in which the player seeks to cross successive levels that make up a hostile 3D landscape, deactivating two cubes on each level in control of a bouncing ball, the aim is to avoid falling into a bottomless chasm, escape the clutches of a variety of abstract but mobile aliens and touch first one cube and then the other within a rapidly diminishing time limit. Tricky stuff indeed.

Verdict: A fairly random selection of games presented here, some classics mixed with some mediocre or less successful titles. Nevertheless, good value for money6 and a reasonable mix 'n' match of gamestyles.

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