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Lop Ears

(Players, 1991)

Lop Ears is a little bunny who ventured out to play, but he wandered a long way from home. Sadly, the authorities have built a bypass across the land, and poor little Lop Ears has to find another way home – so can you help him? Now, come on, you can't leave a lovely bunny rabbit all on his own! This is an arcade adventure in which you collect objects and try to find uses for them, much like the Dizzy series. Watch out for other animals, such as dogs, squirrels and weasels, who will deplete your energy – even other rabbits don't like you. That's not very nice, is it? The graphics are quite good, although they lack colour, but the animation is marvellous. There is also no sound at all during the game. However, there are enough puzzles to keep you occupied for a while, although there are some annoying situations where you can die instantly.

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Lorna

(Topo Soft, 1990)

Lorna is a sexy blonde girl who is the creation of the Spanish artist Alfonso Azpiri. She starred in a few Spanish comics, which were certainly not suitable for children! Well, she has huge breasts and wears almost nothing... As Lorna, you have to battle her way through a swamp, a cave and a forest, to reach a temple. Once you enter the temple, you must find the six pieces of Lorna's robot and then assemble them. On three of these levels, you are armed with a gun. There are a lot of aliens to kill, and you can use either the butt of the gun, or shoot them – although your ammunition is very limited. This makes the game rather difficult. The graphics are colourful, but there is very little sound and the gameplay becomes slightly tedious after a few goes.

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Los Angeles SWAT

(Entertainment USA, 1988)

Reviewed by Pug

You take control of a three-man squad of the LA SWAT team, who have been pressed into action to ease the riots occurring in the streets. Several criminals have taken over the streets and must be stopped. This game was released as a budget title, and a poor one it was. Poor presentation leads to a slow push-scroll affair where you move upwards trying to shoot and avoid the randomly generated criminals. After around two full screens of sluggish scrolling, a stand-off occurs, leading to a new level that looks like the last. Did I mention there's no sound!

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Written by Amstrad Action's Adam Waring, this is a maze game where you have to collect ten diamonds, whilst avoiding the falling boulders which you have to set loose during your explorations. There are also lots of guardians on the lookout for you. One version of the game has a built-in cheat to let you select any level you want, which is a good thing, as it's impossible to get off the first level – and indeed, all the others. There are some good graphics and the tune is reasonable, but the guardians are far too hard to avoid.

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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

(Gremlin Graphics, 1990)

Get ready to compete in the Lotus Challenge with fifteen other competitors as you attempt to score points in various tracks in every corner of the world. There are three difficulty levels with seven, ten and fifteen tracks in each respectively, and each has their own characteristics. You'll need to be really good to win races, although it's possible to win the championship without winning any races! On some tracks, you might need to pit for fuel as well. In short, this is the best racing game on the CPC. The graphics may not be stunning, but the scrolling is really fast and you really feel like you're doing 140mph. The music and sound effects are good as well.

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Lucky Fruits

(KnightSoft, 1985)

Reviewed by Pug

An early entry into the CPC's catalogue of fruit machine simulators. Feature-wise, everything's there that you would associate with such a game for the time it was released. Presentation-wise, this one, although colourful, looks a little basic. In fact, soon after playing this game you begin to sniff a BASIC program that, although does a good job, just doesn't cut the mustard. Simple and sparse sound effects just increase the desire to look elsewhere for a more pleasing choice of game.

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Lucky Luke: Nitroglycérine

(Coktel Vision, 1987)

A railway is being built that will run east to west across America, and Lucky Luke has the task of guarding a train that is carrying a cargo of explosive nitroglycerine. Based on one of the many comic books featuring the cowboy Lucky Luke, this game consists of five episodes with varying styles of gameplay, such as moving around a screen trying to perform actions in the correct order, shooting bandits as they slowly appear from doorways, searching for the stolen nitroglycerine, and solving a complex puzzle by pulling levers to move railway tracks. The graphics are colourful, although they are often quite blocky and look somewhat messy. The music is also not particularly good. As for the gameplay, all of the episodes, with the exception of the puzzle-solving section, are much too easy to complete.

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Ludic: Break the Loop

(Osmobit Games, 2019)

Professor Ludic has developed a program on his CPC464 in an attempt to stop artificial intelligence (AI) from enslaving humanity – but something went wrong and he has inadvertently been transported to another world. Now he must outwit the AI and escape. On each of the 16 levels, you must collect as many qubits as you can. This is made more difficult by the fact that once you move in any direction, you will keep moving until you hit an obstacle, although you can use qubits to halt your movement. Some levels also feature multiple characters that you can switch between, and you will need to use them to solve the level. This puzzle game finished second in the 2019 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest. It's well presented – I particularly like the banter between Professor Ludic and the AI – but I found it to be a bit too challenging for my liking.

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The Lurking Horror

(Infocom, 1987)

You've come to the computer centre at GUE Tech and are in the terminal room, with only a hacker for company, trying to get your essay finished for tomorrow morning. There's a huge blizzard outside and you're stuck here for the night, but something much more sinister is afoot... This was one of the last of Infocom's text adventures to be released for the CPC, and I reckon it's their best one. The text descriptions really create a tense and frightening atmosphere as you skulk around the corridors of GUE Tech, and the characters that you will meet are rather scary as well, such as the ghoulish caretaker and the professor of alchemy. This isn't just my favourite Infocom game; it's one of my favourite text adventures of all time.

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