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Page 1: Aaargh! – Action Service
Page 2: Activator – Aeon
Page 3: L'Affaire Santa Fe – Ahhh!!!
Page 4: L'Aigle d'Or – Alex Higgins World Snooker
Page 5: Alien – Alkahera
Page 6: Alphakhor – Los Amores de Brunilda
Page 7: Amsgolf – Angleball
Page 8: Ánima – Arcade Flight Simulator
Page 9: Arcade Fruit Machine – Arkos
Page 10: The Armageddon Man – Astérix Chez Rahàzade
Page 11: Astérix et la Potion Magique – A320
Page 12: Atic Atac – Attentat
Page 13: ATV Simulator – Les Aventures de Pépito au Mexique
Screenshot of Atic Atac

Atic Atac

(John Ward, 2020)

You have found yourself trapped in a haunted castle and you must find the three pieces of the Golden Key of ACG in order to open the main doors and escape. In order to explore all the rooms, you’ll need to find coloured keys that will open doors of the same colour. You can play as one of three characters, and there are secret doorways that can only be used by specific characters. Each room is filled with monsters that must be avoided, and some monsters will drain your energy very quickly. This unofficial conversion of Ultimate Play the Game’s acclaimed ZX Spectrum game of the same name is really enjoyable to play. It includes new sound effects and bright, colourful graphics, and movement of your character and the enemies is extremely smooth as you zoom around the castle in search of the pieces of the Golden Key.

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Screenshot of Atlantis (Anirog)

Atlantis

(Anirog, 1985)

Skip is a diver searching for treasure within the domain of King Neptune. On each level, Skip must rescue a harmless purple creature known as Cute, and either collect a pearl or rescue a sailor or a mermaid – but his air supply is limited, and he must also avoid other nasty creatures such as sharks, octopuses and crabs which roam Neptune’s domain, as any contact with them costs a life. The graphics are simple but colourful and nicely animated, and a variety of sea shanties play during the game, but there are only three levels, and the second level is frustratingly difficult.

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Atom Ant

(Hi-Tec Software, 1990)

“Up and atom!” Seven levels of action await our diminutive hero, with eight bombs to be defused on each level. Each bomb must be carried to the top of the building, where the bomb can be defused by touching a strange glass ball (!). Of course, Atom Ant will have to avoid all the planes, helicopters, missiles and other flying insects that guard some of the bombs, and there’s a time limit as well. Even so, the game is a bit too easy, although it may take a while to work out how to dodge the plane that guards the defuser on the second level! The graphics are good in most places and the music at the start of the game is excellent.

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Atomic Driver

(Loriciels, 1988)

Here’s a crazy little game, in which you seemingly control a car which has to drive around the town shooting other cars and strange objects, while not bumping into them, because if you do, the game is over. I don’t know what the aim of the game is – maybe you’re just meant to get as high a score as you can – but the really cute and colourful graphics and sheer silliness of it make it ridiculously addictive for me! It’s a shame the music isn’t very good, and only having one life is a bit annoying, but these are minor drawbacks to what is actually a rather good game.

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Atomic Fiction

(Chip, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

Atomic Fiction is a pleasant little game based on Oil’s Well, which in turn is quite similar to Pac-Man. Here you have a small maze filled with dots that must be collected by a grabber. The grabber comes from above ground and is extended downwards by a pipeline. Within the maze are nasties that move along the screen horizontally. If they hit your pipeline, you lose a life. Both the graphics and sound are reasonable and suit this simple but entertaining idea for a game. The controls, though, are not always responsive.

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Atomik

(FIL, 1988)

An extremely ugly-looking Breakout clone – so ugly that one can be forgiven for thinking that it’s written in BASIC. It isn’t, by the way; if it was a BASIC listing in a magazine, it would be reasonably good, but as a full-blown commercial game, it is appallingly bad. Actually, it’s not so bad that it deserves zero out of ten. The game is actually playable, although you can’t stop the bat from moving, so positioning it below the ball is very tricky and the game is pretty difficult because of this. You can also design your own levels, but you’ll simply be put off by the abysmal (and very flickery) graphics.

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Atom Smasher

(Amsoft, 1984)

Imagine that you’re controlling a rocket which is the size of an electron, and that you’re orbiting around an atom. The aim of this game is to shoot a target that moves within the nucleus of the atom, while avoiding collisions with the electrons. When you manage to shoot the target, another electron is added to the atom. Things quickly get hectic, because the electrons soon start to move so fast that avoiding them is very difficult. The graphics and sound are both awful, anyway – and your rocket doesn’t seem to obey any of the laws of quantum mechanics!

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Atrog

(Zafiro, 1988)

A hundred years ago, the Khun tribe were evicted from their homeland by the savage and merciless Krull tribe. Now, it’s time for revenge, and the warrior Atrog has been chosen by the Khun to slay every one of the Krull. There are three levels, with three groups of people in each, and you must kill all the people in one group before facing the next group. You’ll soon find that it’s better to hit them once, move away from them to avoid their punches, and hit them again. This makes for a slow and tedious game, and it’s a pity that the gameplay doesn’t match the absolutely marvellous graphics – and why do you hear white noise throughout the game?

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

(Global Software, 1986)

Wimp starts his shift at the PuraTom processing plant at 9 o’clock in the morning to find that all the tomatoes have mutated and run amok! He has to stop the big killer tomatoes and shove them in holes, and crush the smaller bouncing tomatoes before he goes home at 5 o’clock that evening. You’ll need salt to kill the bouncing tomatoes, and when you kill six of them, the salt will run out and you will need to find some more. I won’t tell you what objects you need to kill the big tomatoes, though. There are also punch cards which Wimp can insert into the cube-shaped objects dotted around the plant to gain extra time. At first glance, it looks like another Spectrum port with the dull, monochrome graphics, but if you take the time to play it, you might find it’s actually not a bad game at all.

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Attentat

(French)

(Rainbow Production, 1986)

Terrorists have planted a bomb in an embassy, and it is due to explode in 45 minutes. The evacuation takes 20 minutes, leaving you with only 25 minutes to locate and defuse the bomb. With a scenario like this, you may be expecting to play an action-packed arcade game. Instead, it’s a text adventure in which you explore the embassy by typing in commands, but it lacks the challenge that is found in most other games in this genre. Although there are a lot of rooms, and the pictures accompanying each location are lovely, there are few objects to be collected and used and no characters to interact with (which is not surprising given that the embassy has been evacuated!). A lot of the puzzles seem to consist of finding the right key to open a door, and having to type articles with each object (e.g. “ouvre la porte” instead of “ouvre porte”) is irritating.

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