Page 1: Table Football - Tapper
Page 2: Target Plus - Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
Page 3: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op - Terminus
Page 4: Terra Cognita - Theatre Europe
Page 5: Thing! - 3D Grand Prix
Page 6: 3D Invaders - Three Weeks in Paradise
Page 7: Throne Legacy - Thunder Fighter
Page 8: Thunder Jaws - Tintin on the Moon
Page 9: The Tiny Skweeks - Tokyo Gang
Page 10: Tom and Jerry 2 - Totems
Page 11: Tour de Force - Trakers
Page 12: Trance - Le Trésor d'Ali Gator
Page 13: Le Trésor de l'Amazone - Troll
Page 14: Trollie Wallie - Turbo Esprit
Page 15: Turbo Girl - TVBALL
Page 16: Twin Turbo V8 - Typhoon
Screenshot of Trance


(Remon, 1989)

Have you ever wanted to get lost in a trance and achieve a comatose state? Apparently, it can be achieved if you complete the six levels of this immensely challenging puzzle game. You have to fit twelve pentagonal shapes on to a sphere, and ensure that the numbers on each side of the pentagons match adjacent numbers in some way. It's every bit as confusing as it sounds! A prize was offered for the first person to complete this game, but I doubt if anyone ever did! I'm going to lie down and recover now (and get away from all those puns on the word 'trance')...

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Screenshot of Trans-Atlantic Balloon Challenge

Trans-Atlantic Balloon Challenge

(Virgin Games, 1987)

In 1987, Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. This game was released to coincide with their record-breaking attempt and it sees you and either a human or computer opponent competing with each other to cross the Atlantic first. Each player controls an eagle that acts like a guardian, and you have to watch out for various hazards that can damage your balloon. The eagle can destroy these hazards by firing laser-like sonic beams – yes, really! You'll also need to watch your altitude and ensure the balloon remains in the air by burning fuel, but if you use too much fuel, you won't make it across. The gameplay is boring, the graphics are nothing special, and the sound effects are very annoying; even the CPC's default 'beep' is used as a warning sound!

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Screenshot of Transmuter


(Code Masters, 1987)

Billions of years in the future, the sun has turned into a red giant. The human race established cities deep beneath the Earth's surface in order to survive. Most of them were eventually sent to other solar systems, but you have returned to Earth in your Transmuter spaceship to destroy the remaining defence systems. This is a very poor space shoot-'em-up from Code Masters; frankly, it's one of the worst games they released for the CPC, and I expected much better from them. The graphics are ugly and have been taken straight from the Spectrum, and the scrolling is appallingly jerky. The music is brilliant, though; it's the only positive thing about this game.

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Screenshot of Trantor


(Go!, 1987)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Sumptuous-looking game from 8-bit programming legend Dave Perry, who was also behind Beyond the Ice Palace and Savage. You are Trantor, the last stormtrooper, who must escape from the alien planet that your starship crashed on, killing all your comrades. Against the clock, you must shoot your way past the inhabitant aliens in order to collect the various letters of the password that are stored around the aliens' underground complex which will ultimately allow you to escape, while collecting ammo, health and time bonuses along the way. The graphics, gameplay and sound (including speech on the loading screen) are all outstanding.

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Screenshot of Trap


(Alligata, 1987)

Your home planet is being attacked by an ally that was once peaceful. The question is whether violent destruction can be justified in the name of peace. This is a space shoot-'em-up with the addition that on each level, you must shoot a certain number of aliens and laser barriers, and bomb a certain number of boats before you can land your spaceship. You also have to replenish your fuel very regularly indeed. Once you have landed, you walk along the surface shooting monsters and collecting orbs which you can use on later levels to buy a better spaceship. The graphics are fairly colourful, albeit a bit blocky, but all the levels are exactly the same, and most players will switch off once they've realised this.

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Screenshot of The Trap Door

The Trap Door

(Piranha, 1986)

Berk has to perform several tasks for 'him upstairs' by using the various bits and bobs lying around the castle, as well as requiring the assistance of some of the monsters lurking below the trapdoor. These tasks include preparing a can of worms, followed by boiled slimies, eyeball crush and fried eggs – yum! You'll need to watch out for the ghost who will scare you and take whatever you're currently holding if you're not careful. This is a fun little game which is geared towards children, although I'm sure the rest of you will also like it. The graphics are quite blocky but are still colourful, but there's almost no sound. Even so, the game really brings back memories of the children's TV cartoon that it's based on.

See also: Through the Trap Door.

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Screenshot of Trashman


(Virgin Games/New Generation Software, 1986)

Now you can find out what it's like to be a binman! As the binman, you must collect all the bins from each street within a certain time. You can also chat with some of the people living in the houses and get bonuses, but watch out for cyclists and fast cars when you're crossing the road! The graphics might not look appealing, but they are clear. There's no sound to speak of – white noise when a car runs into you, and some extremely lame 'barking' noises – but it's a humorous game, with a lot of awful Spectrum-related jokes.

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Screenshot of Treasure Island Dizzy

Treasure Island Dizzy

(Code Masters, 1989)

The second of Dizzy's adventures sees him stranded on a treasure island. To get off the island, he has to buy all the equipment for a boat, and collect thirty coins. It's like all the other Dizzy adventures, really, but because the programmers seemed to think that the first game was a little too easy, they decided to give you only one life in this sequel. This ruins the game, as it can be too easy to walk into one of the traps in the forest. It's also far too easy to accidentally drop the snorkel while you're underwater, which of course makes you drown instantly – although incidentally, according to the authors, that's the reason why Dizzy only has one life (think about it!). However, the music is nice, and there's some digitised speech after the game loads as well.

See also: Bubble Dizzy, Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, Dizzy, Dizzy Down the Rapids, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, Fantasy World Dizzy, Fast Food, Kwik Snax, Magicland Dizzy, Panic Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy.

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Screenshot of Las Tres Luces de Glaurung

Las Tres Luces de Glaurung

(Erbe, 1986)

Reviewed by Pug

Redhan the brave knight has entered a very dark fortress in search of the three Lights of Glaurung. These three jewels, when placed together, grant the owner victory in any battle. Redhan is searching for these jewels to rid the land of Taleria of foul creatures and dark magic. This is no easy task, as the fortress is full of knights, spiders, witches, wizards and a dragon named Glaurung. In this flip-screen platform game, you have a limited number of arrows to protect yourself with – although more can be found inside chests. These may also hide a random bonus or hindrance – such as transforming you into a pig! Overall, a comfortable game with average visuals and effects that gets tricky in places.

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Screenshot of Le Trésor d'Ali Gator

Le Trésor d'Ali Gator


(Lankhor, 1991)

Legend tells of a pirate called Ali Gator whose treasure lies in a castle. You have gone to the castle to search for the treasure. It's a simple exploration game where you wander around a maze of only 49 rooms, but there are many traps to catch you out. The game is quite a departure for Lankhor, who specialised in text adventures on the CPC – and they should have stuck to what they knew best. It's written by Claude Le Moullec, who also wrote dozens of listings for French magazines, and in fact, it was originally intended to be a listing as well – and it shows. The graphics and sound effects are rather basic, and it's not very enjoyable to play, especially since everything is laid out at random each time you play.

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