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Page 1: Macadam Bumper - Mambo
Page 2: Manchester United - Marble Madness Construction Set
Page 3: Mariano the Dragon in Capers in Cityland - Masters of the Universe
Page 4: Mata Hari - Megablasters: Escape from Castle in the Clouds
Page 5: Mega-Bucks - Metaplex
Page 6: Metro-Cross - Microball
Page 7: Micro Mouse Goes De-Bugging - Milk Race
Page 8: Le Millionnaire - Mr. Freeze
Page 9: Mister Gas - Monopoly
Page 10: Monte Carlo Casino - Morris Meets the Bikers
Page 11: Mot - Moving Target
Page 12: Multi-Player Soccer Manager - Le Mystère de Kikekankoi
Page 13: Mystery of the Indus Valleys - Mythos
Screenshot of Micro Mouse Goes De-Bugging
Micro Mouse Goes De-Bugging
(Mastertronic, 1989)

Microscopic robots are wreaking havoc within a computer circuit, and you have to repair the damage they leave behind. The robots scrub the metal off the tracks, and you have to go to one of the red crosses marked on the board to pick up the correct piece to fix the damaged part. If everything's all right, you can make your escape to bottom of the circuit and on to the next level. They're all pretty much the same, though, and you can often complete a level within a minute or two if you're quick. The graphics are nice, albeit garish at times, but the game soon becomes repetitive.

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Screenshot of MicroProse Soccer
MicroProse Soccer (Advert)
(MicroProse, 1989)
Reviewed by CPC4eva

Barring the small screen size and poor Spectrum-like colour scheme, sprites and graphics, MicroProse Soccer has all the elements of a fun football game. There are plenty of options such as whether to play a 6-a-side or 11-a-side tournament or take part in the World Cup. Some nice tunes play on the menu screens on 128K machines, but unfortunately there are only a few beeps during the game. A really well laid out and presented set of menus and tables adds to the enjoyment as you watch how all the teams are progressing. MicroProse Soccer has a lot of fun elements, such as the adjustable banana curve meter allowing you to score miraculous goals, and you can change the length of each game and add weather such as rain; the lightning effect is pretty cool. I found myself playing this over and over again.

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Screenshot of Micro Sapiens
Micro Sapiens (French)
(ERE Informatique, 1985)

Test your knowledge of French vocabulary in this game for up to four players. In each round, one player moves an alien around the screen collecting letters, while being chased by a tentacled monster. Each letter is worth a certain number of points, just like the Scrabble board game. Once eight letters are collected, or the monster eats the alien, the letters are presented and all the players have a limited amount of time to combine them to form a word. When the time runs out, each player enters their word, and the player with the highest scoring word earns points. The game is written mostly in BASIC and it shows, particularly during the section in which you collect letters. The graphics and sound effects are very primitive, and the computer's vocabulary seems quite limited and doesn't recognise many common French words.

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Screenshot of Midnight Resistance
Midnight Resistance (Advert)
(Ocean, 1990)
Reviewed by Chris Lennard

An enemy group has kidnapped your entire family in order to blackmail you so that you can be coerced to their whim. However you decide to arm yourself to the teeth, commando-style, and with a friend's attempt to rescue them from their captors in this action shoot-'em-up. You guide our intrepid hero through side scrolling screens of pretty much shooting anything or anyone that stands in your way. Special weapon upgrades can be bought from shops via the tokens collected from your dead enemies. These prove most useful, as your defences are limited to one hit only. Graphics are detailed, but are of Spectrum quality. However, they don't detract from a faithful arcade conversion with bags of gameplay.

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Screenshot of MiG Busters
MiG Busters
(Players, 1990)

Take to the skies in your F-16 Fighting Falcon and shoot down Russian MiG fighters. This is a fairly easy shoot'-em-up, but I rather like it, actually. You view the back of the 'plane as it flies 'into' the screen, shooting away at the 'planes and helicopters as they fly towards you. You'll need to replenish your ammunition regularly by flying into the boxes on the ground – hmmm! After each of the six levels, your 'plane is upgraded, and you do notice the difference. The graphics are reasonable, even if the scenery is rather lacking, and the sound effects are reasonable. As I've already said, it is easy but enjoyable.

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Screenshot of MiG-29 Fighter
MiG-29 Fighter
(Codemasters, 1989)

The MiG-29 is a Russian-built single-seater fighter aircraft, and you're flying on a series of missions to bomb tanks and shoot enemy fighters and helicopters – although it's unclear who the enemy is. You've got four types of weapons at your disposal, and after the second mission, you can collect an H-bomb and use it – wow! It's a shame that the controls are a bit awkward, as you have to cycle through the list of weapons to get the one you want, while at the same time trying to dodge enemy fire. The graphics are mediocre and the music and sound effects are poor, too.

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Screenshot of Mike Gunner
Mike Gunner
(Dinamic, 1988)

Mike Gunner is the best detective in the country. His latest assignment sees him in the city of Robbland, which has been taken over by armed criminals. This is a target shooting game which can be only played using MHT's Gunstick; it cannot be played using the keyboard or joystick, which is a shame. The game consists of just two levels. The first level takes place in Central Park, while the second level is set in Killing Street – nice name! On each level, you must gain 25,000 points by shooting the criminals, while not shooting at policemen or innocent civilians. The first level is fairly relaxed – in fact, it's a bit too relaxed – but the second level is much more hectic and a lot more fun. The graphics are excellent, and despite the problems with the first level, this is arguably one of the best games for the Gunstick.

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Screenshot of Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz
(Elite, 1988)

Mike Read was a household name in the UK for many years, presenting many radio and TV programmes. One of these was Pop Quiz, in which two teams containing pop stars took part in a quiz answering questions related to music. This game is based on the quiz and can be played against the computer or a friend. Each team selects three pop stars, each of whom has their own specialist type of music, and you simply answer questions in each of the rounds. The digitised graphics are pretty good, but even if you're a big fan of 1980s music, you'll probably find sitting through endless questions a bit tedious.

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Screenshot of Mikie
Mikie (Advert)
(Imagine, 1986)

Mikie is infatuated with a gorgeous girl in another class, but to woo her, he has to collect hearts. This means bunking off classes, so first of all, he's got to collect the hearts which his classmates are sitting on by farting next to them (yuk!) and forcing them to move to another desk, while avoiding the teacher. Subsequent levels see you in other rooms in the school collecting more hearts, before fighting off her admirers and kissing her on the cheek – awww! This was apparently the first game ever to feature semi-naked women, although the graphics aren't up to much, and neither is the game itself – getting out of the classroom is far too difficult.

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Screenshot of Milk Race
Milk Race
(Mastertronic, 1987)

The Milk Race was a 1000-mile cycle race across England, and the last one was held in 1993. In the game, you're competing against 83 other cyclists in the 1987 event, starting in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and finishing in the streets of London. The competitors are spread out into groups at the start of each stage, and to qualify for the next stage, you must finish ahead of the other members of your group. It sounds like a joystick-waggling game, but thankfully it isn't; you just have to select the right speed and gears for the terrain, and there's a box at the top right of the screen which shows the gradient. You can collect milk bottles to boost your energy as well. The graphics aren't spectacular, but the music is really good. It's good while it lasts, because ultimately the game is rather easy.

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