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Screenshot of The Game of Dragons

The Game of Dragons

(Amsoft, 1985)

Another platform game with twenty levels consisting of a single screen, where you must kill all the dragons on each level and collect as many gems as you can while you're at it. A large white dragon flies across the top of the screen and lays lots of eggs which you can push so that they fall off the platforms and squash any dragons underneath them. There are several types of dragons which have different characteristics. The graphics aren't too bad, but the sound and music are terrible, and it's too difficult.

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Game Over

(Dinamic/Imagine, 1986)

Reviewed by Javier Sáez

Five planet federations have fallen under Gremla's dominion and the only hope of freeing them is Arkos, a 'megaterminator'. Game Over is divided in two parts. On the first one you just have to rush through the screens, while the second part has some adventure elements. The graphics are quite good, with some really big sprites. The sound is only average because while the sound effects are pretty good, there's no music. Now, one thing I could never understand is why Arkos wants to defeat Gremla. On the loading screen they seem to be quite good friends.

See also: Game Over II.

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Game Over II

(Dinamic, 1988)

This was released in Spain as Phantis, where it also had a completely different loading screen featuring a very sexy woman. As for the game... well, I was amazed! It's a Dinamic game that's actually a bit too easy! The first part (in which you enter the planet of Phantis in your spacecraft) is a standard space shoot-'em-up, while the second part (in which you must free your companion Gremla) involves some good old platform action and a lot of blasting. The reason why it's too easy is that extra lives are available in abundance, although you're really going to need them later on in the second part! The graphics and music are absolutely brilliant, and while there's nothing original about the game, it's still great fun.

See also: Game Over.

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Screenshot of The Games: Summer Edition

Based on the 1988 Olympics in Seoul (although it's not an official Olympics game), you can compete in eight events – diving, cycling, uneven parallel bars, rings, the hammer throw, hurdles, the pole vault, and archery. Some events, such as cycling and the hammer throw, require the usual joystick waggling that is associated with most athletics games. Other events, such as diving, require a combination of the correct joystick movements, as well as accurate timing. In fact, the available movements for the two gymnastics events are so complex that a flow chart was provided with the game to explain them, which takes all the fun away from them. However, most of the other events are fairly playable, although the standard of the graphics and animation varies widely between events, making the game feel slightly incoherent overall.

See also: Summer Games, Summer Games II.

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The Games: Winter Edition

(Epyx, 1988)

Reviewed by Piero Serra

In 1988 the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, so we're off to Canada to relive the spectacle of snow-based sporting excellence. After the nicely done opening ceremony it's time to start practicing. There are seven different skiing, skating and luge events to take part in. I had intended to review each in turn, but it's not really worth it as they're all fairly mediocre. The gameplay is mostly about timing keypresses but I think the programmers worked too hard switching views and being clever, and this has lessened the sense of interaction and excitement. The graphics are wintry but bland and not a patch on Epyx's own Winter Games (a different game with almost the same name). Sound effects are decent but the renditions of national anthems are quite nice. My favourite event was the speed skating, but it's not enough on its own to save my disappointment.

See also: Winter Games.

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Screenshot of Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal

Arlene has been taken to the city pound, so Garfield has a plan to rescue her. After collecting some objects in Jon's house, it's time to set off to search the town. You'll also have to enter the sewers at some stage in the game. However, you must be careful that Garfield doesn't become hungry, or he'll have a 'snack attack' and eat an object that he's carrying! Like most cats, Garfield is sleepy, and if he falls asleep, the game is over. Odie can also be a great nuisance, but you can kick him out of the way. The graphics are quite good, but some of the locations use dull colours, and you're often left wandering about, trying hard to avoid a snack attack.

See also: Garfield: Winter's Tail.

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Garfield: Winter's Tail

(The Edge, 1990)

Garfield is asleep and is dreaming about a chicken somewhere in Switzerland which lays chocolate eggs. The game is divided into three parts; the first sees Garfield skiing, the second sees him in the chocolate factory attempting to connect pipes together so that the chocolate reaches the egg-laying chickens, and in the third, he's on a frozen lake and has to find the other side. The game is slow, monotonous and boring, with monochrome graphics. There is also only one sound effect used throughout the game – now, is that awful or what?

See also: Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal.

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Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot!

(Gremlin Graphics, 1988)

Gary Lineker was one of the best known names in English football in the 1980s and early 1990s, although he doesn't actually feature within this game – Gremlin Graphics merely used his name to make it sell. What you get is an average football game which is rather fast, but unfortunately sacrifices playability and smoothness. The scrolling is very jerky and it's difficult to understand what's going on. Dribbling in particular is annoyingly frustrating to achieve. The graphics aren't that bad once you're on the pitch, and the music on the menu is good. However, it's not the best football game out there, and it didn't interest me for long.

See also: Gary Lineker's Super Skills.

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Screenshot of Gary Lineker's Super Skills

Gary Lineker's Super Skills

(Gremlin Graphics, 1988)

Have you got what it takes to earn a coveted place in the national football team? If you think you do, you'll have to undertake a rigorous training programme to test your fitness and skills. You start in the gym where you must complete a series of exercises, then the second and third sections of the game are played on the football pitch, where various aspects of ball control are tested. You have to keep an eye on your energy level and your pulse rate; if they get too high or low, you'll be forced to rest or take a drink. There is a nice tune on the menu, although there are no sound effects at all. The graphics are nothing special, but the controls are very awkward, particularly in the second section, and the very first part of the game (press-ups in the gym) is quite annoying, as the computer often doesn't seem to recognise when you've completed a press-up.

See also: Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot!.

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Gatecrasher

(Amsoft, 1985)

Reviewed by Pug

A novel idea where your goal is to fill nine holes at the bottom of the screen with barrels. This involves dropping the barrels down a maze of tunnels with gates that redirect its descent. Once a gate has been used, it reverses direction, creating a new pathway. The maze itself can also be scrolled up or down to reach those awkward, hard to reach holes. The man pushing the barrels is well animated, but all other graphics carry a basic feel, mixed with simple sound effects. Overall, Gatecrasher is an entertaining and unique puzzle game that everyone will enjoy.

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