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Viaje al Centro de la Tierra

(Topo Soft, 1989)

Reviewed by Javier Sáez

In this three stage game you take a journey to the centre of the Earth. The first stage consists of a puzzle and the third one is a side scrolling arcade game in which you make your way through a prehistoric jungle. The second stage is a game in itself. You take control of three characters at the same time, each with different attributes and objects, in their way down the inside of a volcano. Forget about the first level; go straight to the second level, and enjoy great graphics and gameplay right from the start.

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Victory Road

(Imagine, 1988)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

It’s hard to believe that Victory Road is the sequel to Ikari Warriors, but unfortunately it is a poor coin-op conversion. You’re a warrior on a mission. Armed with grenades and a rifle, you can tackle the foes along the road to victory by yourself or with a friend. With six lives you should be able to progress quite well, but beware, as not only will you encounter a competing military, but also monsters, which is really strange. The road winds on and on, through tombs containing the bones of former seekers. Collect icons to build up the firepower necessary to fight off your aggressors. The graphics are overhead like Ikari Warriors and there’s limited sound. It really is an uninspiring and boring game. You’ll have more fun playing its predecessor.

See also: Ikari Warriors.

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Video Card Arcade

(Blue Ribbon, 1990)

Three card games are on offer here – poker royal, twenty one, and high or low. In each game, you start with 20 credits and must score as many points as you can. Certain combinations of cards score more points than others. In poker royal, five cards are dealt, and you can change any or all of them, hopefully producing a winning combination of cards. In twenty one (better known as blackjack), you must try to score less than or equal to 21 without your opponent beating you. In high and low, five cards are dealt one at a time, and you must guess if the next card will be higher or lower in value than the current one. The graphics are very colourful and well drawn, and all of the games are reasonably entertaining if you want a few quick goes.

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Video Poker

(Entertainment USA, 1986)

This version of the card game uses slightly different rules – it’s a one-player game, for a start. First you bet some of your money, and then five cards are selected at random. After choosing which cards you want to keep, the remaining cards are changed, and it is then that you will hopefully win some money. You can also look at the odds of winning for each combination before you insert your money, and there are five skill levels as well. It goes without saying that you can’t win or lose any real money, and you have to wait a long time between each turn; you’ll soon get bored.

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A View to a Kill

(Domark, 1985)

Reviewed by John Beckett

The first CPC game based on the adventures of James Bond is a very run-of-the-mill affair indeed, comprising of three levels, based on scenes from the film, each of varying styles of gameplay. There is a reasonably fun platform level where James must escape from a mine before it caves in, an Impossible Mission-style level where James must explore the many floors of the City Hall, searching for objects, collecting door-passes, rescuing the girl and escaping before the place sets on fire, and a very poor driving section set in Paris, which is extremely confusing to navigate around. The graphics are pretty awful, but there is a nice rendition of both the Bond theme and the View To a Kill theme by Duran Duran, and the difficulty is set about right.

See also: Licence to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, The Spy Who Loved Me.

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Vigilante

(US Gold, 1989)

Reviewed by John Beckett

You’re the Vigilante and it’s your calling in life to beat up the scum on the streets. One day, however, the evil skinheads kidnap your girlfriend Madonna (nice name) and take her to their den. The Vigilante must fight his way through endless gang members before he can destroy their boss and reclaim his girl. I’m a big fan of scrolling beat-’em-ups and the coin-op version was the daddy of them all. But how does the CPC version compare? Well, the graphics are detailed, colourful and downright excellent, but the gameplay is crippled by the slowness of the character, the unresponsiveness of the controls and the sheer difficulty as horde after horde of thugs attack you from all angles! That said, though, it’s quite good fun, and poor Madonna’s plight will keep you playing until she’s safe in the Vigilante’s arms!

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The Vikings

(Kele Line, 1987)

Reviewed by John Beckett

In this top-down shoot-’em-up, you play as a lone Viking washed up on a hostile land. Your aim is to explore the vast land and locate the parts of your Viking longboat, before setting sail once more – but first things first, you’re completely weaponless until you find your lost sword. A task that is not made easy by the hordes of enemy warriors intent on putting you in a shallow grave! The graphics are awful and tiny, the music is shrill and repetitive, and although the controls are responsive, the enemies are far too fast and plentiful for you to consider making any serious progress. Akin to Commando or Ikari Warriors in its concept, I don’t want to insult those two great games further by comparing them to this ugly, below average effort.

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Village of Lost Souls

(Robico Software, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

Village of Lost Souls is the first part of The Realm of Chaos Trilogy. You play a warrior who emerges from the mists of a powerful spell to take on a quest. The words of your master echo in your ears – aid the Lord Talent of Dinham to destroy a portal to the Thirteenth Realm. The adventure starts with a series of obstacles that need to be removed before your main quest can commence. For example, there is a hut that is on fire that contains something important. Solving problems like these instructs you in how to play this adventure. It’s a pretty large text adventure, too, meaning this one will take weeks to crack. Location descriptions are brief and scroll upwards. This can be annoying at times, waiting for it to finish so you can read it. Overall, a bland-looking text adventure that doesn’t offer anything outstanding.

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The Vindicator

(Imagine, 1988)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

Invaders from a distant star have turned Earth into a desolate wasteland, and humanity has only just survived. Only one man, known as The Vindicator, can fight the evil invaders and take back Earth. The battle takes place over three parts. The first part is a tortuous maze where you kill aliens for ammo and search for parts to build a device that will enable you to eliminate the invaders. In the second part, you take to the air, and in the third part, you race across the surface in your high-powered jeep for one final battle against the giant guardian of the catacombs. The standouts are the music and graphics, in particular exploring the maze in the first part. It’s smooth and amazing to play and the sprites are detailed with good animation and use of colours. An interesting note about the game is that it was billed as the sequel to Green Beret but plays nothing like it.

See also: Green Beret.

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Vindicators

(Domark, 1988)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

The year is 2525; an armada of space stations sent by the evil Tangent Empire is approaching Earth. The only way to destroy this invading force is to infiltrate the enemy with your SR-88 Strategic Battle Tanks, better known as Vindicators. You must negotiate each space station’s heavily guarded corridors, and destroy the control room. Replenish your tank’s ever decreasing fuel supply with canisters located throughout the many levels. Collecting stars enables you to buy power-ups and special weapons in shops that are useful on the many enemies and the prerequisite big bosses. Essentially a re-packaged Ikari Warriors, the cute graphics are let down by the tricky controls of your tank’s movements and firing, making this a difficult challenge.

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