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Page 15: Bumpy's Arcade Fantasy - By Fair Means or Foul
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Brick Breaker

(Dro Soft, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

Another Breakout clone for the CPC. This offering is a very crude effort with nothing to hold your attention for very long. Single-coloured, bland-looking visuals mixed with the jerky movement of the bat and ball soon ruin all hope for this one. Collision detection is another issue, not to mention poor presentation and only one sound effect. Even the few power-ups on offer can't save this one. It does have a high score table, though, but I doubt you'll want to add your name to it.

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Bride of Frankenstein

(39 Steps, 1987)

Reviewed by John Beckett

It's obvious at first glance who was behind this game – Viz Design, creators of the identical-looking Werewolves of London. In this similarly-themed game (which was later re-released by Code Masters as Frankenstein Jnr.), you play as Frankie's fiancée and must search around the castle and its grounds, looking for your future husband's brain, lungs and other organs which have somehow become scattered. Unlike the enjoyable Werewolves of London, you have no form of attack and must simply flee from the ghosts and skeletons which pursue you. And if they catch you, you're screwed; you often can't escape until you're dead. Basically, the game is a boring maze, where you're either fleeing or swapping keys around to open doors – yawn. Nice, colourful, cartoony graphics, though.

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Bridge-It

(Amsoft, 1984)

Once you've seen this game, you'll reckon it is one of the worst CPC games ever – it certainly isn't anywhere close to being the best! There's a walkway connecting two houses together, and you have to get as many of the little men as you can to walk from one house to the other by linking the walkways together at the right time. It is an extremely slow and boring game which is made all the worse by the terrible, irritating music (which mercifully can be switched off) and the horrible graphics.

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British Super League

(Cult, 1990)

This is a football management game in which you are the manager of one of 16 teams competing in the British Super League, which consists of a mixture of teams from the English and Scottish leagues. It quickly becomes clear that it's yet another poor game from Cult. There are no graphics worthy of the name; in the match highlights, the players are represented by asterisks, and big black boxes flash on the screen to show where the ball is being passed to. There are no detailed statistics for each player, so you can't tell how good they are, and it's not possible to find out how good players from other teams are, either. It is actually written in machine code, but it gives the impression that it's written in BASIC, and as a result, it's best that you avoid it.

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Bronx

(MCM Software, 1989)

Reviewed by Javier Sáez

Manny Lopez, leader of the Sharks, is going to fight against other gang bosses for the title of King of the Bronx. To help you in this task, you'll start each stage wearing armour and carrying different kinds of weapons. Bronx has big and colourful graphics, including a great loading screen, a good background story (that is, in the game inlay) and a sense of humour. Maybe you've seen some of your opponents before. Nevertheless the game is a bit slow, due to the size of the sprites, and once you manage to combine offensive and defensive moves, it's a bit too easy.

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Bronx Street Cop

(Mastertronic, 1989)

Life in the Bronx district of New York must be tough with all the muggings, robberies and other crimes that occur each day. You're a new recruit and have to show the bosses that you're the meanest cop around. The game starts with target practice where you must achieve a certain score; if you do this, you can go on to the streets and shoot criminals – but don't shoot any grannies or you'll be disciplined! The graphics and sound are somewhat basic, and for that matter, so is the gameplay; the missions basically consist of more target practice, and the game is a bit too easy.

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Bruce Lee

(US Gold, 1984)

Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

Is there any need to introduce this game? Based upon the movies of the famous kung-fu actor, this early platform game is one of the funniest ever released on our computer. Technically, there is nothing amazing. The graphics are average and the sound effects are sufficient, no more. What makes the gameplay excellent is the design of the levels. Each screen is different and the difficulty of the (many) traps perfectly studied. You must collect golden lanterns and climb nets and ladders. Two opponents will try to stop you; a green sumotori (!) and a ninja. It's really funny to watch them fry as they walk on the traps you have triggered...

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Bubble Bobble

(Firebird, 1987)

This is regarded as an all-time classic, and it's easy to see why. It's a simple platform game where Bub (and Bob if another person is playing) kill all the enemies by blowing bubbles at them and then bursting the bubbles. Bonus points can be obtained if you collect all the letters of the word 'EXTEND'. There are also a range of monsters and 100 tough levels to get through. The graphics look very dated, and while there aren't many sound effects, they do their job. This is still a fun game to play after all these years.

See also: BB4CPC, Rainbow Islands.

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Bubble Dizzy

(Code Masters, 1991)

Dizzy has decided to go diving and collect some pearls from the bottom of the sea. On each level, you start at the bottom of a well and try to reach the surface again before your oxygen runs out by using bubbles, as well as collecting as many pearls as you can. Of course, there are also creatures to watch out for, which decrease your oxygen. This is one of the better Dizzy arcade games but it is much too easy; you'll probably be able to complete it on your second or third go! Even so, the graphics are pretty good (although there are some awful colour schemes in use) and it's OK to play it occasionally.

See also: Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, Dizzy, Dizzy Down the Rapids, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, Fantasy World Dizzy, Fast Food, Kwik Snax, Magicland Dizzy, Panic Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy.

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Bubble Ghost

(ERE Informatique, 1988)

Here's a cute and original puzzle game in which a ghost must blow a bubble from one side of a room to the other, ensuring that the bubble does not come into contact with anything. Naturally, other hazards have to be negotiated; there are candles that have to be blown out, and fans that have to be turned off. Naturally, the rooms become trickier and the passages become narrower as you progress. While there's hardly any sound, the graphics aren't bad, and it's really a rather addictive game. It's really amusing to see the ghost's anger and frustration when the bubble bursts – something that you will also feel after playing this game for a while!

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