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Screenshot of Infernal House
Infernal House (French)
(Lankhor, 1991)

It's Friday the 13th of April, 1990. You're a private detective, and your journalist friend Sophie disappeared three days ago while investigating the infernal house of Professor Tcherslawsky. You know from one of his colleagues, Rainer Gelehrtman, that he has worked on some diabolical experiments in the past, and fear the worst as you enter the house. But nothing can prepare you for the shocking and horrific fate that has befallen Sophie, and many other innocent people as well... This is a very nice French adventure which has some excellent graphics; the introduction sequence is very well done indeed and a welcome addition to the game. Although you can't save your current position, there is little opportunity for dying, but the game is still quite a challenge, with several secret rooms and clues to be discovered around the house.

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Infernal Runner
(Loriciels, 1985)

You are trapped in a labyrinth full of traps, and the only way to escape is by finding the five keys that will open the ten treasure chests scattered about the labyrinth. This is a simple yet delightful little platform game with a wide variety of devious traps to catch the player unawares. As well as avoiding the traps, you must also collect food regularly to avoid going hungry and therefore losing one of your five lives. Most of the traps can be negotiated with ease, although the first time you encounter a new one and are caught out, it merely increases the urge to try again. The graphics and music may be simple, but the game is really enjoyable, and it's worth playing to witness what happens when the player is killed on certain traps!

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Infidel
(Infocom, 1986)

You're an explorer in the Egyptian desert, hunting for a lost pyramid in a search for treasure – but your crew has deserted you and left you on your own. Can you find the pyramid and explore it before you die in the fierce heat? The plot of this text adventure game might be rather unoriginal, but as usual, Infocom turn it into something special, and in this game, there are lots of hieroglyphics to be deciphered, which will give you vital clues to solving the puzzles and traps that the Egyptians have left for treasure hunters! It's a reasonably hard adventure, but the ending is a bit of an anti-climax and there are a few bugs.

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The Inheritance
(Infogrames, 1986)
Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

Your aunt, an old eccentric who lived in America, has just died. She has left you her colossal fortune, but she wanted you to do one thing before you can inherit it; you've got to win one million dollars in Las Vegas. The story begins in your hotel room, which is miserable. Point-and-click adventure games were rare at the time, so we can be indulgent with this one. The graphics were good on the French Thomson computer from which the game (known as L'Heritage in France) is ported. But the use of MODE 1 produces grainy screens on the CPC and the colours are sometimes awful. It's rather fun to play, though, for a short while...

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Los Inhumanos
(Delta Soft, 1990)

Los Inhumanos are a well known pop group in Spain, and this game is apparently based around one of their songs. Zufuru's beloved Simca 1000 car has been stolen and his girlfriend has been kidnapped by the rival Rokopiedras gang. Zufuru must find the four pieces of the car, then head to New York and enter the Empire State Building where his girlfriend is being held captive. The graphics are very bright and colourful and a fairly jolly tune plays throughout the game, although there are no sound effects. However, the enemies that you encounter frequently are difficult to defeat, and the range of enemies and the landscape are very surreal – since when did one find mailboxes and dustbins in a prehistoric setting?

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Insector Hecti in the Interchange
(Hi-Tec, 1991)

Victor Virus and his hordes of minions have invaded the highly sensitive Interchange – a network of interlinked corridors. Each of the 50 levels is laid out like a maze, but some of the walls of the corridors have been jumbled up so that some corridors are cut off from others. You have to rotate the appropriate sections so that all the corridors are once again linked. Of course, Victor Virus' gang of insects and aliens are also wandering the corridors, and you can either shoot them or rotate a section just as they are approaching you, which crushes and kills them. There are also several types of power-up to collect on each level. This is a cheerful little puzzle game with clear graphics and good sound effects, and with 50 levels, you'll be occupied for some time.

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Inside Outing
(The Edge, 1987)

Mrs. Crutcher's rich husband died recently, and he hid twelve diamonds within his mansion – but he never told his wife where they were located. Mrs. Crutcher would like to know where all the diamonds are located, so she employs someone to help her find them. You can only carry one diamond at a time, and each diamond has to be brought to Mrs. Crutcher. Her husband was also a scientist, and some of his creations – giant mice and birds – roam the rooms and will deplete your energy upon contact with them, although they can be stopped in their tracks if you find the right objects. This game was later re-released as Raffles, and the isometric graphics are absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, I found it too difficult; the diamonds seem to be too well hidden, and the birds tend to drain your energy very quickly.

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International Ninja Rabbits
(Microvalue, 1991)

I wonder if this idea of ninja rabbits was based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? It's a thought... You're one such rabbit, travelling through cities in Japan, the USA and Italy in order to save a factory from destruction. However, there are other humans and animals who are experienced in martial arts out to stop you. You can also pick up carrots which give you an extra life, which helps to make the game very easy, even on the hard difficulty level. It's also very slow; these ninjas seem to behave more like pensioners! There are only three stages in the game, and the graphics show that it's a nasty Spectrum port.

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International Speedway
(Silverbird, 1988)

Compete against other speedway riders and progress through the local and national championships, before setting your sights on winning the continental championship and that coveted trophy. There are four other riders and that also means you'll be competing in four races consisting of three laps of an oval track. On the novice level, you should win the local and national championships without any bother, but the continental championships are much harder, and it's the same if you're playing on the professional level. Despite there being one track, and each race lasting about 35 seconds, I still find it a nice game to play for a few minutes at a time.

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International 3D Tennis (Advert)
(Palace, 1990)

How about a more surreal form of tennis? The first time I played this, I nearly fell off my seat laughing; it's so funny to watch two stick men hit a little block about. This game is in full 3D for added realism, although it takes a long time to get used to it. You can choose from four skill levels, and you can play against the computer or a friend, or take part in a tournament, and you can also go for a full season of tennis. The tunes on the menus are quite good, but the game is a bit slow. The impressive 3D graphics are initially appealing, but I think this one's for the fans.

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