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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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(Chip, 1988)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

Set in the old Wild West, this is a run-and-gun, shoot to kill-style game which was only released in France. The objective is to run to the end of each level while trying to avoid losing your five lives. Along the way you must avoid enemy cowboys shooting bullets and throwing knives at you. There are five levels but the gameplay is very repetitive; nothing changes between levels except some of the backgrounds. If the game wasn’t hard enough, a large vulture sometimes appears and drops a stick of dynamite above you which is difficult to avoid. The graphics suit the style of the game but the movement and scrolling are jerky and slow. The controls are not very responsive, which meant I was losing lives quite easily. There is a French-style Wild West tune playing but it doesn’t add much improvement to the game.

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Wind Surf Willy

(Silmarils, 1989)

Reviewed by Robert Small

A surprisingly good windsurfing game from Silmarils. The game is very nicely presented – from the title screen through to the game options, you can tell they have tried hard. The music and sound effects are both good and the in-game graphics are very colourful with nice backgrounds, and there’s a wide variety of obstacles and good scrolling. The variety continues into the gameplay with you slaloming through buoys, racing and performing tricks (there’s even a panel of judges that award points and they are represented on screen). Hitting an obstacle can be frustrating but considering the topic of the game I think they have done a good job.

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Wings of Fury

(Brøderbund, 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 P47 Thunderbolt), 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

(Epyx, 1986)

You and up to three other players can compete in seven winter-themed 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 high-colour, low-resolution Mode 0 graphics are used, they are absolutely stunning – some of the best you’ll see on a CPC.

See also: The Games: Winter Edition.

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Winter Olympics

(Tynesoft, 1986)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Cutting straight to the point, this is possibly the worst multi-event game based on the Winter Olympics available for the CPC. Six events are available to play, including speed skating, a variety of skiing events, bobsleigh, and the British favourite of curling. The majority of the events suffer from very poor graphics. The slalom skiing isn’t too bad and at least scrolls reasonably but it does have sprite flicker. The bobsleigh must have one of the smallest gameplay windows seen on the CPC. The sound effects throughout are minimal. There’s a little bit of value with multiple disciplines to try, but Winter Games from Epyx is on a different level to this.

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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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(CNGSoft, 2021)

Reviewed by Robert Small

CNGSoft has provided many great games over the years. This one finished in second place overall in the 2021 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest. The first thing you notice is the excellent music. I have a feeling it’s going to be a beloved piece of music for Amstrad CPC fans. With regard to the graphics, it meets the expectations of a CNGSoft release. It’s colourful, scrolls well and has a nice variety of enemies (from pumpkins to scissors!). Your mission is to rescue your fellow spacemen after a crash landing by guiding them to a teleporter. This is all while coming under attack, managing your jetpack and laser heat levels, and running against the clock. Lining up a laser shot and taking out multiple enemies is very satisfying and the game is fast and frantic. In some ways it’s very similar to one of CNGSoft’s previous games, The Adventures of Timothy Gunn.

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(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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Witch Hunt

(Classic Quests, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

In this text adventure, you play a rascal named Filbur Apse who enjoys upsetting people. One day he made the mistake of annoying an old man who turned out to be a wizard. This angry wizard cast a spell on Filbur that left him with the appearance of a really nice person. The only person who can lift this spell is the witch in the woods. After meeting her, Filbur is told to find all of the ingredients required to cast a new spell. Witch Hunt is a well written adventure that is packed full of rich and amusing detail. You soon become engrossed in this fictional world and can almost touch, smell and taste your surroundings. Your progress in this game is also rewarded with points; keep an eye on your score. An increase in your score is a sign that something you’ve found is important – and here’s a tip: to unlock the witch’s front door, pretend you’re a postman.

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