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Page 4: Terra Cognita - Theatre Europe
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Page 6: 3D Invaders - Three Weeks in Paradise
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Page 9: The Tiny Skweeks - Tokyo Gang
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Tomahawk

(Digital Integration, 1986)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Yet another quality flight simulator for the Amstrad CPC. Your aircraft of choice is the Apache AH-64 helicopter gunship, which CPC owners can also unleash in Gunship. With this being a flight simulator, you will need patience and a period of acclimatisation to learn the controls. Tomahawk doesn't have many missions for you to take on, but it features a variety of enemies (tanks and helicopters) and landmarks (buildings, mountains and trees) throughout the vast landscape you fly over. This is all handled reasonably well by the graphics engine – fairly smooth and with good use of vector graphics. The difficulty, weather and time of day can all be configured. Indeed, the night flying is a particular highlight with its eerie black and red colour scheme. The engine and weapon sounds are just about right. Better than Gunship? It's very hard to choose.

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Tom and Jerry 2

(Magic Bytes, 1989)

Tom and Jerry are arguably two of the world's best known cartoon characters, and in this platform game, you play the role of Jerry, roaming around four levels of a house trying to find cheese to satisfy his hunger, while avoiding falling into Tom's clutches. If Tom catches you, you'll lose 30 seconds of time. Between each level there is a short tunnel where Jerry can collect more cheese to gain some extra time. Once you've collected all the cheese, you must return to the first level and defuse a bomb that Tom has left for you. Tom and Jerry are both well animated, although some of the backgrounds are garish, and the sound effects are very limited. Jerry moves rather slowly and he can be very awkward to control, and negotiating the furniture is often frustrating, so it's not much fun to play.

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Tomcat

(Players, 1989)

A vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up which sees you flying a fighter jet over four levels, shooting targets in the air and on the ground. The playing area can also be scrolled left or right, since the area that you can see is rather small. Unfortunately it's annoyingly difficult; the bullets are large red circles which are hard to avoid, especially when they appear without warning from either side of the screen. The collision detection seems to be poor, and so are the graphics. The scrolling is slow and the sound is also lacking. There are better shoot-'em-ups available and it's best to avoid this one.

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Toobin'

(Domark, 1989)

Biff and Jet are the Tube Dudes, preparing to go toobin' down the rapids in their inflatable tubes. The game can be played by one or two players, and the journey takes you through many different types of scenery. Of course, there are the usual assortment of enemies on the banks of the river which you must avoid, but you can also throw beer cans at them. You've got a very limited number of them, although more cans can be found along the river. Other obstacles include branches and logs which will burst your tube – and if you're too slow, the alligator will catch you! This is a reasonably good game, especially with two players; the music is marvellous, but the graphics could have been a lot better – and don't play the game using the keyboard!

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Top Cat

(Hi-Tec Software, 1991)

Top Cat has offered Benny the Ball to a wealthy millionairess, but when she dies, her butler realises he can get the money if he can get rid of Benny. Top Cat decides to thwart the butler's plan. This is a game with three parts. The first part is set in the alleys, where TC (as he's also known) finds the four gang members and has to get past the dog guarding the exit. The second part is set in a leafy residential area, and you must find a way to get past Officer Dibble, before entering the mansion and finding and rescuing Benny. Like most of Hi-Tec Software's games, the graphics are colourful, although there are few sound effects. The playing area is quite big, so making a map will be helpful, but the game is hardly exciting and action-packed.

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Top Gun

(Ocean, 1986)

Strap yourself into the seat of an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet and fly into the danger zone! Your aim on each mission is to destroy three enemy fighters in a straightforward dogfight. Initially, this is relatively easy, but on subsequent missions, the enemy fighters become more manoeuvrable and will use their missiles against you. The game is a mixture of a flight simulator and a shoot-'em-up, but it lacks some of the necessary elements of both genres. As a flight simulation, the vector graphics are impressive and fast, but that's because there's no scenery at all! As a shoot-'em-up, there's very little variety, as each mission has exactly the same aim as the previous ones. The two-player game may offer more long-term enjoyment, but the one-player game won't.

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Top Top

(Rantan Games, 2015)

Reviewed by Missas

Top Top was an entry for the 2015 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest. It is a really original idea; you take control of two cute female magicians and you have to make them cooperate to progress through the levels. The game is displayed in Mode 0 and while the colours are vivid, the sprites appear a little coarse. A catchy tune plays throughout the game and there are also some nice sound effects. The gameplay is really interesting and enjoyable and the grab factor is strong. The level design is smart and challenging. It is essentially a very smartly executed puzzle game that combines some elements of platform games. It is definitely one of the most interesting games I've played for some time.

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Total Eclipse

(Incentive, 1988)

It's 1930, and in two hours' time there will be a total eclipse, bringing about the effects of an ancient curse which will annihilate the Earth. You have to reach the top of a pyramid and destroy the statue there before the eclipse. This is one of the Freescape games and the 'true' 3D is quite impressive. Making a map of the pyramid is quite difficult, though! There isn't much sound – mainly gunshots and the constant beat of your heart – but it seems to make the tension that bit more realistic.

See also: Total Eclipse II: The Sphinx Jinx.

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Screenshot of Total Eclipse II: The Sphinx Jinx

There's going to be another total eclipse soon! Twelve parts of the Sphinx have gone missing somewhere in the catacombs, and you have only one hour to find them. The gameplay, graphics and sound effects are all much the same as the original game, although there are a few new puzzles; try fathoming your way through the Jinx section, for instance! This game was originally only available as a bundle with Total Eclipse through the Home Computer Club, and it would be just as good as the original, but for one incredibly stupid room which contains an invisible maze, which is immensely frustrating to solve (and not surprisingly, I've never managed to solve it). You'll still have fun with the rest of the game, though.

See also: Total Eclipse.

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Total Recall

(Ocean, 1991)

Doug Quaid isn't sure who he really is, and after visiting a company called Rekall Incorporated which can implant memories into people, he goes to Mars to discover his true identity. The game consists of five levels which are based on the film of the same name. Three of them are platform games which also contain puzzles, where you must flick the correct switches to gain access to some areas. There are also some men (armed and unarmed) who you must kill. The other two levels are driving games with a shoot-'em-up element. The graphics are very good, particularly on the platform levels, and the two pieces of music are simply wonderful. However, the gameplay is rather difficult for my liking, particularly on the second level.

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