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Screenshot of The Addams Family

The Addams Family

(Ocean, 1992)

Gomez has to rescue the other five members of his family, who have got lost in their own house (!). The Addams' house is quite large, however, and doors will need to be unlocked by finding the right colour of key. Some of the monsters can also be killed by jumping on them. The graphics are very well drawn and the tune is a good rendition of the Addams Family theme, although it only plays on the menu screen. The sound effects in the game are still OK, though. It is a difficult game, though, but you get a generous amount of retries – nine lives and five continues.

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Screenshot of Adidas Championship Football

24 nations take part in the Adidas Championships. You can choose any of them in your bid to become the Adidas Champion. The championship is divided into six groups of four nations, and the teams in each group are picked at random. Another player can also take part in the proceedings. You can choose formations and match lengths, from 4 to 16 minutes. The graphics and music are quite good, but the gameplay is a bit of a let-down. Controlling the ball as you run down the field is very tricky indeed, and passing is also a problem, because selecting the power of your kick is cumbersome. You can't play in any friendly matches, either. It's a good-looking but disappointing football game.

See also: Adidas Championship Tie Break.

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Screenshot of Adidas Championship Tie Break

Can you beat six of the best tennis players to become the number one? This tennis game is quite different from most others, in that instead of using a view from one end of the court, it uses a top-down perspective, with the screen scrolling as the ball moves from one side of the court to the other and back again. As well as being able to choose the length of a match, the type of court to play on, and whether to play singles or doubles, you can even select one of six racquets to use. Because you are unable to see your player all of the time, the game automatically places him in the correct position when the ball is returned to you, and both serving and returning the ball are very easy to perform. The graphics are a bit minimalist, and it may not be the most realistic simulation of tennis, but it's an easy game to learn and play.

See also: Adidas Championship Football.

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Screenshot of Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1

Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1

(4Mhz, 2016)

Reviewed by Missas

Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1 is a platform game inspired by the 2015 Spanish elections. You play a character called Coleta Morada (a nickname of the Spanish politician Pablo Iglesias) who must collect as many opposition votes and the votes of undecided people as possible, with the votes being represented by icons. The more votes collected, the easier it will be for Coleta Morada to defeat the final boss Rodrigo Rata. To begin with, the game loads with a detailed screen. The intro music is good and a pleasant tune plays throughout the game. The graphics are displayed in Mode 1 with four colours, resulting in very detailed sprites and scenery. The sprites move very fast and smoothly; this game definitely requires fast reflexes! The game itself is of average length; it could be bigger, but it's not short at all. Overall, a very good platformer which might remind you of some NES platform games.

See also: Adiós a la Casta: Episode 2: De Buen Rollo.

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Screenshot of Adiós a la Casta: Episode 2: De Buen Rollo

Following the December 2015 election in Spain, no agreement could be reached to form a coalition, and new elections were held in 2016. Once again you play Coleta Morada (known in real life as Pablo Iglesias), and you must wander around a supermarket and an underground car park, collecting objects to boost your own charisma and ammunition to help you defeat the end-of-game boss ANSAR. However, there are a variety of people and creatures who will drain your energy if you touch them. The gameplay is identical to the previous episode, but the graphics are drawn in the CPC's colourful, low-resolution Mode 0, and they look absolutely marvellous and are very nicely animated. A jolly and catchy tune also plays throughout the game. It's less difficult than its predecessor but it still offers a challenge.

See also: Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1.

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Screenshot of Advanced Pinball Simulator

Advanced Pinball Simulator

(Code Masters, 1988)

Are pinball games really supposed to have a plot? This one does. A wizard has cast an evil spell over the land of Santagon and threatens to erupt a volcano. You have to make a potion and banish the wizard forever, as well as performing other tasks. These are done by extinguishing letters on the table and hitting other things with the ball. Why a pinball game needs a plot (especially one we've heard so often) is a mystery, but it's certainly not a bad example – just an average one. The ball moves rather slowly, but this doesn't make the game any easier, and there's also only one table.

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Adventure Quest

(Level 9, 1984)

Reviewed by Richard Lamond

Set many years after the events of Colossal Adventure, the second in Level 9's Middle Earth trilogy has a simple mission – find and defeat Agaliarept, the Demon Lord, in his Dark Tower. Borrowing heavily from J. R. R. Tolkien, Adventure Quest has a number of familiar locations (starting outside the same brick building as in Colossal Adventure, for example). The descriptions are very well written, positively oozing atmosphere, and the parser is of a high standard for the time. Offering a definite challenge, Adventure Quest is not as accessible as its predecessor, but as with most Level 9 games, perseverance will bring reward. The re-release in 1986 as part of the Jewels of Darkness compilation features simple graphics which add to the experience, although there is something of a trade-off in game speed. A worthy follow-up to Colossal Adventure.

See also: Colossal Adventure, Dungeon Adventure.

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Screenshot of The Adventures of Timothy Gunn

The city is overrun with gangsters, and the mayor has enlisted Timothy Gunn to deal with them. Your mission is simple; shoot everyone you see! Some gangsters carry evidence, which you will need to collect in order to go to the next level. Other gangsters carry guns, which when collected will also restore a small amount of your energy. Also beware of snipers, whose crosshairs will appear on the screen if you are too slow to gather evidence! This game was an entrant in the 2018 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest and it finished in fourth place, and the gameplay is very similar to the first level of The Untouchables. The graphics are very colourful, the scrolling is amazingly fast, and the music is good. However, the inclusion of the sniper can make this game frustrating to play and it would have been better without this feature.

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Screenshot of L'Affaire Santa Fe

L'Affaire Santa Fe

(French)

(Infogrames, 1988)

You're a wanted man in the Wild West, and have been forced out of the town of Santa Fe – but where are you going to go? This is a multiple choice adventure where you are given two or three options and then select one of them. When you first see the truly luscious pictures (which were hand-drawn and then digitised and touched up on the CPC) and hear the music, you think that this is going to be a big game. If you play it for a while, though, you realise that there isn't as much as you think. There are very few locations, and while there are many opportunities to die, it's a very easy game to complete (there are two possible endings, by the way). It is worth playing just to see the gorgeous pictures, but should some of them have been sacrificed to make a bigger game?

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Screenshot of African Trail Simulator

African Trail Simulator

(Positive, 1990)

Take to the desert on your off-road bike as you negotiate all the stages of the African trail. Before you start each stage, you must select three items of equipment to take with you; the right choices may well be crucial. You have to gauge your speed correctly and perform wheelies where necessary when you ride over hills, or you'll fall off. You may also meet other riders who will knock you off your bike. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn't match the excellent graphics – there's little scenery, the stages last too long, and there isn't enough of a challenge.

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