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Page 1: Sabian Island – Sailing
Page 2: Saint and Greavsie – Sardina Forever
Page 3: SAS Assault Course – Scooby-Doo
Page 4: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo – SDI
Page 5: Seabase Delta – Sepulcri
Page 6: Sgt. Helmet Training Day 2020 – Shadow Dancer
Page 7: Shadowfire – Shark
Page 8: Sharkey's Moll – Short's Fuse
Page 9: Shovel Adventure – Silkworm
Page 10: Sim City – Skaal
Page 11: Skateboard Joust – Skweek
Page 12: Skyfox – Sly Spy: Secret Agent
Page 13: Smaily – Snoopy
Page 14: Snowball – Software Star
Page 15: Solar Coaster – Sooty and Sweep
Page 16: Sorcerer – Space Cowboy in Lost Planet
Page 17: Space Crusade – Spaceman Kerl
Page 18: Space Moves (#CPCRetroDev) – Speed King
Page 19: Speed Zone – Spindrone
Page 20: Spirits – Sport of Kings
Page 21: Sputnik – Stairway to Hell
Page 22: Star Avenger – Starfox
Page 23: Starglider – Star Trap
Page 24: Star Trooper – Stockmarket
Page 25: Stomp – Street Cred Boxing
Page 26: Street Cred' Football – Strider
Page 27: Strider II – Stroper
Page 28: Stryfe – Subterranean Stryker
Page 29: Subway Vigilante – Super Cycle
Page 30: Super Flippard – Supernudge 2000
Page 31: Super Pac – Supersports
Page 32: Super Sprint – Super Wrestle
Page 33: Surprise Surprise – SWIV
Page 34: The Sword of Ianna – Syntax
Screenshot of Smaily

Smaily

(Zigurat, 1991)

Reviewed by Robert Small

This Spanish game is a bit of a curiosity. It’s always nice to come across an Amstrad CPC game with an intro, and this game’s intro is very anime-like. I will say I was glad when the music had finished, though. The game begins and you take control of a bouncing smiley ball in a platform shoot-’em-up. The graphics are cute but devoid of colour, and the CPC can scroll better than this. There is no in-game sound, which is also disappointing. It’s a struggle to work out the path through the game as well. The endearing main character and occasional interesting power-up isn’t enough to save this game.

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Small Games for Smart Minds

(CEZ Games Studio, 2007)

Reviewed by Missas

This is a compilation of cleverly designed puzzle games for players who want to challenge their brains or their friends! There are three types of puzzle, each one consisting of so many levels that you won’t become bored easily! The graphics are OK; the loading screen is wonderful, while the choice of colours is pleasant and the level of detail is above average. The sound is almost absent and there is no tune – something that might prove to be a good thing, because when you progress, puzzles tend to become frustratingly difficult. The gameplay is enjoyable, but players will need to be persistent and patient if they want to progress. The grab factor is above average. As a whole, it’s an interesting puzzle game.

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S*M*A*S*H*E*D

(Alternative Software, 1987)

You are Pigseye Peers, an inexperienced army surgeon who has been thrown in at the deep end, in the Strangest Mobile Army Surgical Hospital East of Detroit. The still, which provides you with alcohol, has gone missing, and you must discover what has happened to it. As you’ve probably guessed, this is a parody of the M*A*S*H TV series and film, and if you’re a fan, you’ll recognise a lot of the characters in this game. As for the game itself, it’s a text adventure which was written using GAC. The graphics are reasonably good, and solving the puzzles isn’t as hard as some GAC adventures – the vocabulary isn’t too limited.

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Smash TV

(Ocean, 1991)

In the 21st century, a new style of game show has emerged on TV. It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s got action – it’s Smash TV! You run around a maze of rooms, each containing several waves of monsters about to unleash their fury at you. You won’t get a single moment to relax here! You can improve your weapons by collecting power-ups left behind by some of the monsters. The graphics are big and bright, although all the rooms look the same. The sound effects are good with lots of lovely explosions, but there’s no music. However, it’s a great game full of action and no time to take a breather.

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The Smirking Horror

(WoW Software, 1991)

You’re sitting in the computer room at PUE Tech on a freezing night, and a snowstorm is raging outside. It’s time to finish your assignment, so you’d better get on with it – but you soon discover that all the computers are down. Bummer! Fans of Infocom’s text adventures will instantly recognise the scenario, which is almost exactly the same as that of The Lurking Horror. This adventure is written using GAC, so it’s unfair to expect it to match the quality of the game it’s based on – but it uses GAC’s features well. The author’s sense of humour really shows through, especially if you’ve played The Lurking Horror and discover that certain things are rather different in this game! This is a really enjoyable text adventure, and is arguably one of the best GAC adventures that I’ve ever played.

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Smugglers Cove

(CRL, 1985)

Reviewed by Pug

You, an agent to the Royal Duchy, sift through the wreckage along the shores at Daymer Cove. Finding the ship’s log sends you off on a treasure hunt deep into the caves. You start this text adventure trapped in some dimly lit caves. The computer replies to your standard adventure input with classic pirate chatter – which does give this game some atmosphere. With an average level of difficulty you’ll soon be solving the puzzles that lie ahead, but the crude-looking pictures, which often take an age to display, delay the pace and start to ruin your interest.

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Snoball in Hell

(Atlantis, 1989)

I don’t know why the word ‘snoball’ is spelt the way it is in this game, but you know the saying about “a snowball’s chance in hell”, and now you’re attempting to raise hell, armed with just a few snowballs. Can you pull it off? This is a Breakout clone, using an armoured tank as a bat and a snowball as a ball. Unlike many other Breakout clones, though, the bat moves vertically and not horizontally, and there are also plenty of monsters which fly towards you. They can be hard to dodge, but you soon learn to hold down the fire button more or less constantly. The graphics are very colourful, but there’s nothing that makes it better than similar games.

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Snodgits

(Sparklers, 1985)

The Snodger family live in a large mansion, but they suspect that little creatures called Snodgits are stealing (or snodging) their possessions. Their butler, Benton, turns detective to find out which of the many characters in the game is responsible. You have to wander the mansion, locate objects and give them to the member of the Snodger family who wants them; the Snodgits will tell you who to give them to. You also have to correctly answer questions based on a table of clues that is displayed on the screen. The graphics are simple but cute, but Benton moves around the mansion rather slowly and the sound effects are very limited. It’s a strange game and it’s not easy to understand what’s going on at first. Once you do, you may enjoy it, but the gameplay becomes a bit repetitive after a while.

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Snooker Management

(Cult, 1990)

A snooker management game? What kind of lunatic thought of this? It’s one of Cult’s terrible efforts at writing management games, being written entirely in BASIC with no graphics to speak of. You start bottom of the world rankings and have to play in tournaments and earn prize money to make it all the way to the top. You can also arrange matches with other players and gamble your money on other players. The big problem is that you have to sit through other players’ games, and of course, your own games. It is duller than watching paint dry, and even die-hard snooker fans will loathe this sorry excuse for a game.

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Snoopy

(The Edge, 1989)

Reviewed by Robert Small

The classic comic strip comes alive on the Amstrad CPC. Credit where credit’s due, I don’t think this could have looked better. On the sound front it’s a different story – discordant music and very basic effects. So how does it play? Very slowly. Find an object, travel with an object, use an object, rinse and repeat – but what keeps your attention is those graphics. This is Snoopy as you’ve seen it in the comic strips in the newspapers and it’s just about enough.

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