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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 Star Avenger

Star Avenger

(Kuma, 1984)

Reviewed by Pug

Remember Scramble? That game where you pilot a spaceship through caverns collecting fuel and dropping bombs, etc.? Well, this is an early attempt at bringing the game to the CPC. For the year it was released, this is not a bad attempt. Sure, the scrolling is a little jerky and you can’t actually drop bombs, but it’s fun and makes good use of the CPC’s colour palette. It’s presented well and you can choose which stage you wish to start at. A pleasant but primitive tune plays on the title screen, with in-game effects doing their job. A hidden gem from the early days of the CPC.

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Screenshot of Star Bowls

Star Bowls

(Zigurat, 1991)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Star Bowls is a really good little action game featuring platforming, exploration, item collection and shoot-’em-up action. The game features well drawn backgrounds and satisfying explosions when you destroy enemies. I particularly liked the ability to change direction in mid-air while firing as this helps improve the gameplay. To help you traverse the environment you have a a jet pack and you can use hooks to ascend and descend to different locations. The game does have some poor music at the start but the in-game effects are good enough.

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Starboy

(Gasoline Software, 1986)

Can you guide Starboy through ten levels of platform action and rebuild his spaceship so that he can escape? This is a simple platform game which involves climbing ladders, jumping over chasms and avoiding aliens, robots and bullets. Aliens and robots can be shot, but your ammunition is limited, although it can be replenished. The graphics are rather primitive and can be flickery, but the music is absolutely delightful, and although it will take a while to complete the first level, once you’ve overcome this hurdle, you’ll discover a nice little game.

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Starbyte

(Mister Chip, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

A Spanish flip-screen adventure game. This game is impossible! After so many attempts at navigating the first screen I gave up! For the year it was released, it should have been far better presented. The graphics are simple but colourful and everything that moves jumps in blocks instead of pixel-by-pixel movement, so timing is out of the window with this one. The use of sound for music and effects is basic. A very poor offering indeed; the difficult and sluggish controls make this game one that you will soon forget.

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Star Commando

(Amsoft/Terminal, 1984)

Aliens have invaded several galaxies and you must stop them. Each galaxy has sixteen sectors, all of which must be cleared before you can go to the next galaxy. In each sector, you must simply blast waves of aliens until the ‘danger level’ reaches zero. If the going gets too tough, you can warp out of danger by holding down the fire button for several seconds. Your ship’s power can be restored by visiting the mother ship, but you can only do this once per galaxy. This shoot-’em-up was released early in the CPC’s life, so the graphics and sound effects are quite basic, although the scrolling is rather fast. The gameplay is very straightforward, and while it will eventually become repetitive, it’s actually not a bad game if you’re looking for a quick blast.

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Star Control

(Accolade, 1991)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Star Control offers something to both fans of arcade games and those looking for deeper strategy and I think that’s a really good thing. It’s like having two games in one. You’re not stuck with one type of game, so you can fulfil your starship captain fantasies as you see fit. Going toe-to-toe with the enemy is a bit like Asteroids. It’s all about circling each other and finding the best way to strike. There is a nice variety of craft for you or a friend to choose from. The strategy element offers a change of pace and adds a bit of depth. The graphics are functional but I don’t think this game needs anything fancy as it plays so well.

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Star Driver

(Radical Software, 1994)

After the asteroid mines were abandoned, the runways and roads were used as racing tracks instead, in the Asteroid Championships. The rules are simple; stay on the road and complete an orbit of the track in under 60 seconds in order to qualify for the next round. If you are successful (and extremely good), you have the option to try a ‘double orbit’ in under 100 seconds to get a massive bonus, but if you fail, you’re knocked out of the Championship. Graphically, the game is very impressive and the scrolling is very fast, but controlling your car is quite awkward, and the game is very unforgiving with regard to the time limit and the width of the track.

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Screenshot of Star Dust

Star Dust

(Topo Soft/Kixx, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

Earth sights a large fleet approaching from the depths of space. The Biodroid Empire is planning a mass invasion upon Earth. The heavily shielded fleet’s only weakness is their shield generator. This is where you come in, piloting your Astrohunter spacecraft. In this top-down shoot-’em-up, you must fly past the alien cruisers, taking out towers, guns and ships. The last part of the game involves running on foot to take out the shield generator. This game boasts some truly amazing graphics, and for once, is not a Spectrum port. A pleasant tune plays on the menu screen with good in-game sound effects.

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Screenshot of Star Firebirds

Star Firebirds

(Insight, 1986)

You have travelled far across the galaxy to annihilate a race of hostile aliens called the Firebirds. Your mission is simple – shoot them all! This is an unoriginal Galaxian clone with two or three additional features. The Firebirds appear on the screen in waves, and if you don’t shoot them all quickly, another wave will appear. If things get too much, you can switch on your shield, warp to the top of the screen, and destroy a few aliens at the same time. As well as aliens, there are bombs that fall very slowly and which release a line of shrapnel when shot, and an Emperor Bird that homes in on you and requires several hits to destroy. It’s all been done before, and in addition, there is almost no difference between one level and the next.

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Starfox

(Reaktör, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

Aliens have moved into the eight systems that are at peace with one another. Now chaos rules within the systems and space travel is dangerous. You pilot your Starfox fighter hunting down this alien menace. Starfox is a 3D space simulator with vector and filled polygon graphics. Wormholes supply quick routes to other systems and an autopilot alters your course to lock on to the baddies. Your ship and weapons can be upgraded as you progress through the eight stages of this action game. This is one of those games that will either grow on you or become boring very quickly.

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