Mountain Bike Racer
Reviewed by Pug
Mountain Bike Racer does what it says on the tin... kind of. In this side-scroller, you compete against other bike riders along various kinds of terrain. Certain types of terrain affect your bike’s performance, but strangely leave the other racers unaffected. Certain bystanders can help improve your performance if you stop to meet them, while others hinder you. The graphics are detailed, but the use of colour could have been better, and the game plays in silence.
Mountie Mick’s Deathride
The McCluskey gang have ambushed the Trans-Canadian Express train. Only you, Mountie Mick, armed with a pistol, can stop the gang from escaping with their loot. You start at the back of the train and must work your way to the front by shooting gang members, climbing on to the roofs of the carriages, and leaping over the gaps between the carriages. When you reach the front, you must waggle the joystick or hit the up and down keys to reach the next train. First impressions of this game are favourable, with great graphics, a scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and good sound effects. However, it doesn’t last. It’s far too easy to die, and the collision detection is very unforgiving indeed.
Watch YouTube videos of this game by: ChinnyVision, Xyphoe.
Reviewed by Javier Sáez
In this game you play a private investigator who has been paid to find and recover an audio tape kept somewhere inside Bug Maloy’s headquarters. But first you’ll have to find a girl that will give you some valuable clues. However, beware of her twin sister, who’s a member of the mob. Movie is a highly playable game, which combines Filmation-style isometric graphics with a powerful and easy to use icon-based contol system. You can perform several actions, even talk to other characters, in a way that drives the gameplay quite close to graphic adventures (as close as a CPC game could be, that is). Movie is only let down by a lack of sound effects and the Spectrum-like graphics, but it’s still a great game.
An operation to destroy an underground lair in Colombia belonging to a drugs baron went wrong when your team was gunned down by his henchmen. Four bombs were smuggled in and were supposed to be connected to generators to activate them, but they never managed to do this. You are the only surviving member of the team and must activate the four bombs yourself. You are faced with an overwhelming amount of gunfire directed at you by the baron’s many henchmen and gun turrets, and mines and barbed wire also deplete your strength. The lair is very large indeed, and when you combine this with the number of enemies, it makes the game very difficult indeed. The graphics are pretty good, and the music is OK as well, but getting anywhere is really tricky.
Muggins the Spaceman
Reviewed by Robert Small
A spaceship has crashed and Muggins the Spaceman has been sent to repair it in order for it to be retrieved. Not bad work if you can get it – or is it? There’s a good loading screen and that’s even followed by a little sequence of the spaceship crashing. On board the spaceship there are security robots of different types to be avoided or shot. Holes in the hull will need to be repaired and items found, identified (using an object identifier found in some rooms) and used. The items are often bizarre and not what you would expect to be tasked in finding. I liked the sci-fi doors linking each room and the way a small version of Muggins keels over when you lose a life. It’s a cute little game but the graphics and sound could be better and chasing down items doesn’t hold the player’s interest for long.
Watch a YouTube video of this game by: XeNoMoRPH.
Multi-Player Soccer Manager
(D&H Games, 1990)
This football management game stands out in a league consisting mostly of mediocrity. Unusually, all the text is displayed in the CPC’s low-resolution, multi-colour mode, although it is easy to read, and the icon-based menu is very beautiful. More importantly, the game is packed with statistics about all 64 teams and players taking part in the four divisions. There is also the option to train your players, and the auction-based transfer market system works well. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to obtain the necessary money to buy better players and ultimately be promoted to the 3rd Division or become the manager of a 3rd Division team, but there are no match highlights, so you won’t have to wait ages between matches. It may be mostly text only, but if you’re a fan of football management games, this is one of the best for the CPC.
One of the reasons why Pac-Man is so enjoyable is the need for quick reflexes as the ghosts whizz around the maze. Unfortunately the speed is taken out of this game, so that you’re left with a slow and boring version of Pac-Man that’s no fun at all. The backgrounds change with each level, which is something of note, but the graphics and sound effects are nothing special, and when you lose one of your three lives, you have to start the entire maze again, which is extremely annoying by the time you reach the third level.
Mundial de Fútbol
(Opera Sport, 1990)
This is a Spanish football game that was released to coincide with the 1990 World Cup. The graphics and sound effects are both very good, and passing and shooting are really easy, thanks to some generous collision detection. Your opponents also seem to collect a lot of yellow and red cards as well, for some reason! However, there are some complaints. Scoring goals is very difficult; the goalkeeper can save even when the ball is nowhere near him! You also can’t view the group tables, and in one match, I encountered a bug which meant that I had to restart the game. Despite these problems, the game is still fairly good. There’s also a brilliant intro where you can watch the opening ceremony with the national anthems of all the teams being played!
Watch YouTube videos of this game by: jgonza (introduction), jgonza (main game).
(Again Again, 1989)
At 1313 Mockingbird Lane live the Munster family, and Marilyn has been kidnapped. You start the game controlling Lily and have to look for other family members before rescuing Marilyn. You’ll need to spend some time shooting ghouls in order to build up your spell power, which is essential for killing the more powerful ghosts and monsters. Furthermore, some ghouls can’t be killed unless you have picked up the correct object. A great adaptation of the theme tune to this well known TV series plays constantly, and the graphics are reasonably good as well, but the game is so hard that you’ll never get anywhere! You only have one life, and your energy can be totally depleted instantly upon contact with many of the ghouls. It’s probably one of the most difficult games I’ve ever come across.
Watch a YouTube video of this game by: Xyphoe.
Murder Off Miami
Detective Officer Kettering has been sent to investigate the death of the wealthy British financier Bolitho Blane on a yacht that was offshore near Miami, which was owned by his rival Carlton Rocksavage. The initial evidence points towards it being suicide – but is that really the case? Well, the game isn’t called Murder Off Miami for no reason! This is a text adventure based on a very innovative book of the same name that was originally released in 1936 that included photos and physical objects for you to inspect. You have to ask for statements and alibis from the crew and guests who are on board and search for clues in an attempt to solve the case. It isn’t really played in the same manner as a traditional text adventure once you arrive on the yacht, but as a murder mystery it works rather well.