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Page 3: Who Said That? - Wishbringer
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Screenshot of Who Said That?
Who Said That?
(Radical, 1994)

We've all heard some classic quotes made by the rich and the famous, but do you know who actually said them? This game contains hundreds of sets of quotes, and you get a new set on each round. In each round, you are given three or four quotes, one at a time, and you have to guess who said them, out of a list of several people. Getting it wrong earns you a fault – make four faults, and the game's over. It does get hard pretty quickly, and if you want to progress, you'll need a good memory!

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Wibstars
(A'n'F, 1987)

Can you earn a living by delivering computer equipment to your customers? Starting at the warehouse, you load your van with cassettes, floppy discs, or Spectrums (ugh!). You then have to collect them as they fall down some chutes and then drive across town avoiding the debris left behind by the van in front of you. Having reached your destination, you now have to select the goods and move them around a series of platforms and conveyor belts, and try not to smash them. It sounds like a bizarre game, but play it and you'll see... that it's awful – really awful. The graphics look like your CPC has turned into a Spectrum, the sound is mediocre, and it's far too difficult to make a profit.

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Screenshot taken from cartridge version
Wild Streets (Advert)
(Titus, 1990)

The head of the CIA, John Steven, has been kidnapped, and you have been sent to rescue him. You also have a companion in the form of a panther called Black Virgin – although as you'll find out, he (she?) is of almost no use! There are five levels, each one filled with gang members to beat up, but you can simply jump over them to the next screen without having to fight them. The only criminals you will need to kill are those on the last screen of the level, and you can use your gun to dispose of them easily. Once you've rescued Mr. Steven, you must retrace your steps. The graphics and music are both of a high standard, but it's far too easy to complete. As for the cartridge version, the choice of colours is better and the game is a bit faster, but it's not much of an improvement and is just as easy to complete.

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Wild West Seymour
(Codemasters, 1992)

Seymour is starring in his second movie, but once again, the film has been sabotaged by a man called El Bandeeto, and all of the studio team's equipment has gone astray! You have to find all of it and then travel across America to shoot the rest of the film. Unfortunately, many of the objects have rather obvious uses and the puzzles aren't exactly taxing, although there is one crafty trick in Act 3! The inclusion of the Game Genie only makes things even easier, and the tunes are extremely grating to listen to. It is a reasonable game, though; it's just that bit too easy.

See also: Sergeant Seymour Robotcop, Seymour at the Movies, Stuntman Seymour, Super Seymour Saves the Planet.

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The Willow Pattern
(Firebird, 1986)

Can Chang find his way to the Mandarin's palace and flee with the beautiful princess, Koong-Shee, or will he killed by the many samurai warriors within the maze? This is a nice, simple little maze exploration game which involves wandering through a maze which is decorated with Oriental scenery, eventually reaching the palace. There are a lot of swords scattered throughout the maze, but it's better to coax the samurai warriors into throwing their swords at you, getting out of their way, and collecting their sword. There is a little sub-game which involves jumping over stepping stones which disrupts the flow a bit, but this is a minor annoyance. The graphics are very colourful indeed and there's some Oriental music as well. Overall, this is a wonderful game.

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Willy Wino's Stag Night
(Silverbird, 1988)

Willy Wino is clearing all the bottles away after a massive booze-up. Having recovered from a hangover, he sets about gathering the bottles and avoiding aliens and spikes. You don't actually have to collect all the bottles, although you might need to collect all the bottles on a screen to open some doors. It's a simple and colourful platform game that is really rather enjoyable at first, and the sound effects are jolly, too. Once you reach the second level, this enjoyment disappears as you discover that it's too difficult.

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Wings of Fury
(Brøderbund/Loriciel, 1990)
Reviewed by Javier Sáez

Imagine a very simple flight simulator with the graphic appearance of a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, and you have Wings of Fury. The game seemed quite appealing at first, as the simulation touch made me expect an original game. Besides, the action takes place during World War II, which is always a good thing, at least for me. After a few tries, I took off and found that this game, being a sort of toy simulator, lacks the action other games have (just take a look at P-47: The Freedom Fighter), but doesn't offer anything really interesting in return. As a result, Wings of Fury is simply a curious game with rather dull gameplay.

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Winter Games (Advert)
(US Gold/Epyx, 1986)

You're an athlete in the 1988 Winter Olympics, which took place in Calgary in Canada. You and up to three other players can compete in seven events – hot dog aerials, biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle shooting), speed skating, figure skating, the ski jump, free skating, and the bobsled. Understandably, everyone will find some events to be more appealing to them than others. I didn't like the figure skating or free skating events at all, but the other five events are great fun to play as you try to perfect them and beat the records. The graphics are a mixture of low- and medium-resolution, but in the four events where the high-colour, low-resolution mode is used, they are absolutely stunning – some of the best you'll see on a CPC.

See also: California Games, Summer Games.

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Winter Sports
(Electric Dreams, 1985)
Reviewed by Pug

In this early sports game for the CPC, there are eight events to compete in – ice hockey, bobsled, speed skating, downhill skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, slalom and giant slalom. Each one requires practice and can be played in any order, but each carries a different display and method of play. Some of the games look dated and poor in their design, such as the downhill event. Others, such as ice hockey and speed skating, just meet the basic requirements for an entertaining game. A mixed bag of poor to below average MODE 1 graphics and simple audio effects just increase the lack of interest to be found here.

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Wishbringer
(Infocom, 1986)

Your nasty boss, Mr. Crisp, has asked you to deliver an envelope to the Magick Shoppe in the village of Festeron. But the woman who runs the shop has had her cat kidnapped by The Evil One, and she wants you to find the cat – but when you walk out of the shop again, Festeron has become a totally different place... A glow-in-the-dark stone (Wishbringer itself) was included with the game – very cool! – and you can use Wishbringer with other objects to make up to seven wishes. However, the aim is ultimately to try to complete the game without using any of them. This is intended to be an introductory adventure and experienced players will not find it very taxing, but it's still a very good, and rather surreal, adventure.

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