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Page 1: Gabrielle - Gallitron
Page 2: The Game of Dragons - Gatecrasher
Page 3: Gates to Hell - Gemini Wing
Page 4: Gems of Stradus - Ghosts'n Goblins (Xifos)
Page 5: Ghouls - Gliece Security
Page 6: G-LOC - Gold Run
Page 7: Goliath - Grand Prix Circuit
Page 8: Grand Prix Driver - Grebit
Page 9: Green Beret - The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Page 10: Grumpy Gumphrey Supersleuth - Gunboat (Piranha)
Page 11: Gun Dogs - Gyroscope
Screenshot of Gates to Hell

Gates to Hell

(CEZ Games Studio, 2006)

Reviewed by Missas

In this platform game, you must help our hero open the Gates of Hell; however, this will prove to be rather difficult, since there are a lot of obstacles and closed doors that stand in your way! The graphics are nicely drawn in a cartoon style with bright colours used, although they are not too detailed. A happy tune plays in the options screen, but during the game there are only some effects. The gameplay is pleasant and fast paced and the stages are well designed with a correctly set level of difficulty that increases reasonably as we progress. A drawback is that our hero may die only once! The grab factor is above average. Most probably, players will try repeatedly to open the Gates of Hell! Overall, a pleasant and well designed game, but it should have a continue option.

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Screenshot of Gauntlet (Micro Power)

Gauntlet

(Micro Power, 1985)

Reviewed by Pug

An early Defender clone for the CPC. In this version, you defend canisters littered along the landscape from a hostile alien race called the Reeg forces. When a Reeg ship lifts a canister and reaches the top of the screen, the cargo changes into a mutant hellbent on destroying you! Fail to kill all the baddies quickly enough and another group of ships appears, moving much more quickly, their cannons firing at you. The game is a fast side-scroller, frantic and colourful even though the original only had primitive graphics. It's quite a hard game where you will run out of ships very quickly. There's no music and only a few sound effects – listen to the explosion sound effects when you die. Overall, a good conversion of the original that is only let down by how difficult it is.

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Gauntlet

(US Gold, 1986)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

One of the most famous 8-bit games of all time, this is a faithful conversion of the classic multi-player arcade hit. You and a friend can choose between the wizard, valkyrie, barbarian or the elf. Lying before you is a dungeon comprised of countless levels filled with all kinds of treasures and horrors imaginable. Battle your way past ghosts, ghouls and a wide variety of evil monsters using magic and potions, as you desperately try to escape before your health runs out. Both graphics and sound here are delightful and once you get into this game, many, many hours can be lost! There is also another version of the game called Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons, which contains lots of levels designed by Gauntlet fans.

See also: Gauntlet II, Gauntlet III.

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Screenshot of Gauntlet II

Gauntlet II

(US Gold, 1988)

The sequel to the classic Gauntlet plays almost identically to its predecessor but offers several new features. Among the new monsters you'll encounter are acid puddles and the glowing 'IT' monster (if it touches you, other monsters will be attracted to you). There are also new traps such as stun tiles, forcefields that will drain your health if you get caught in them, and exits that keep changing their position, and there are a wider variety of power-ups to collect. Of lesser importance is the ability to select the colour of your character, and if you're playing with a friend, it's now possible for both of you to choose the same character. The graphics and sound effects are just as good and the game is as good as, if not better than, the original.

See also: Gauntlet (US Gold), Gauntlet III.

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Screenshot of Gauntlet III

Gauntlet III

(US Gold, 1991)

The third instalment of the Gauntlet series is quite different from the previous two games. The game takes place on the island of Capra, which is divided into eight sections. The Devil has come from hell and unleashed his evil monsters, and you must kill them and return the Devil to where he belongs. The most obvious change is that the game is viewed in isometric 3D. However, it's also a Spectrum port, albeit one with very detailed graphics. Could we not have some more colour? You also have a choice of eight characters instead of four, and instead of dozens of small levels, there are now eight very large levels. There's a lot of walking involved, as each level is essentially a treasure hunt, but it's still a good game – if you're a Gauntlet fan, that is.

See also: Gauntlet (US Gold), Gauntlet II.

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Gazza's Super Soccer

(Empire, 1989)

Gazza may be a has-been now, but there was a time long ago when he was a rather skilful footballer. Unfortunately, this game (known as Bodo Illgner's Super Soccer in Germany) is utter tosh. You can choose to play in either a league or a cup tournament, or just have a friendly match. The players can be renamed and their statistics adjusted. All this detail sounds impressive; it's when you come to play the match that you start to scream. The scrolling is extremely jerky, and it's difficult to control your player. In fact, it's difficult to see which player you are trying to control. And is that noise supposed to be the crowd cheering, or is it interference?

See also: Gazza II.

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Gazza II

(Empire, 1990)

This is a really nice football game, although it doesn't allow you to play in a league or a knockout tournament. The difficulty of the game depends on who you choose to play against – Albania are the weakest team, Brazil the strongest. Alternatively, you can play with a friend, although there's an annoying bug where the two teams swap colours at half time. Two nice features are the boot-o-meter, allowing you to control the strength of your kicks by holding down the fire button, and a radar screen which shows where the ball and all the players are. The game is very easy to get into, and with an amazingly cool tune on the menu screen, it's a winner.

See also: Gazza's Super Soccer.

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Screenshot taken from Plus version of game

GB Tetris Emulator

(40Crisis, 2020)

Nintendo's Game Boy console was a huge hit in the 1990s and its popularity helped bring Tetris to the attention of the public, making it arguably one of the best known video games of all time. Now it can be emulated and played on an Amstrad CPC! There are some inaccuracies in the sound emulation and some graphical glitches in the animated missile launch sequences when you achieve a particularly high score, but other than that it plays just like the original Game Boy version. The famous Korobeiniki theme tune is present, there's a wide range of palettes to choose from, and if you're using a Plus machine, you can even play in authentic Game Boy shades of green for added realism.

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Gee Bee Air Rally

(Activision, 1987)

In 1930s America, air races used to be held in which planes and their pilots would race around an open-air course which would usually be marked on the ground with pylons or other markers, and they proved to be very popular with the public. This game sees you taking part in such a race, except that there are sixteen courses to fly, and that instead of racing against other planes, you have to complete the course within a set time limit. However, you do have to dodge planes coming in the opposite direction! The music on the menu screen is nice, but the game is rather boring, the sound effects are poor, and the graphics are rather garish.

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Gemini Wing

(Virgin Games, 1989)

"DIE ALIEN MUTANT SCUM!," screamed the headline of the Soonday Spirit. Of course, the aliens took great offence to that, and now the entire galaxy has declared war against Earth. You've been sent out to stop them in the new Gemini Wing fighter. As well as the standard firepower, you can also collect power-ups in the form of gumballs which hang on to the tail of your craft, and they can be unleashed one at a time. To be honest, I don't like the game much. The graphics are nice, but the sound effects are pathetic and the collision detection is dodgy at the best of times.

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