Page 1: Daley Thompson's Decathlon – Danger Mouse in Makin' Whoopee
Page 2: Danger Street – The Dawn of Kernel
Page 3: Dawnssley – Deathkick
Page 4: Death or Glory – Defcom
Page 5: Defcom 1 – Dervish
Page 6: Desert Fox – Die Alien Slime
Page 7: Digger Barnes – Dr Roland
Page 8: Dr Scrimes' Spook School – Don't Panic
Page 9: Doodle Bug – Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone
Page 10: Dracula – Dream Warrior
Page 11: Driller – Dungeons, Amethysts, Alchemists 'n' Everythin'
Page 12: Dustin – Dynasty Wars
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Danger Street

(Chip, 1987)

New York in 2017 is overrun with criminals, and you have decided to rid the city of them once and for all. Each level consists of a section of the city which can be scrolled horizontally. Every so often, one or more criminals will appear from a window, manhole or car and fire their weapons at you, and you must aim your crosshairs at them and retaliate. If you’re shot too many times, the game is over. This is a fairly simplistic target shooting game, but it’s actually not bad at all. The graphics are colourful, if not spectacular, although the sound effects aren’t particularly realistic. Having only one life is also a bit annoying, and there’s no energy bar either – although this only serves to enhance the tension! Overall, this is a fairly good game if you’re looking for a quick blast.

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Dark Century

(Titus, 1990)

Reviewed by Pug

Dark Century involves you guiding your squad of super tanks into a face-off against the enemy’s team. The game itself is quite boring; you wander around glancing at the scanner hoping to lock on to the enemy. The game plays in a 3D environment – or rather, scaled sprites move along a bare battleground. While the graphics are OK and the presentation is impressive, it just isn’t a game you will want to stay with. Just watch the demo mode and you will realise this is a bland game indeed. There’s a great tune that plays throughout, though. A pointless attempt at converting a poorly rated 16-bit game.

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Dark Fusion

(Gremlin Graphics, 1988)

Only the elite may join the Guardian Warriors, and those who wish to join must pass a test. Four levels of non-stop shoot-’em-up action, each consisting of three different types of gameplay, await you. The ‘combat zone’ is a platform game, the ‘flight zone’ is a horizontally scrolling shoot-’em-up in a spaceship, and the ‘alien zone’ again sees you in a spaceship, but battling a single enormous monster. There’s nothing new here in terms of gameplay, although the graphics are absolutely beautiful, and the loading screen is marvellous. However, the music is annoying and the gameplay is maddeningly difficult as your energy is drained very quickly. I certainly won’t be joining the Guardian Warriors soon!

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(Ocean, 1991)

Scientist Peyton Westlake was trying to develop a synthetic skin, when gangsters beat him up and demolished his laboratory, leaving him with terrible facial scarring. Now he seeks revenge upon those who destroyed his work and his life, and rescue his girlfriend, Julie Hastings, from the clutches of Louis Strack. This game follows the events of the film over six levels, and mixes platform and beat-’em-up elements. There are also some utterly pointless sub-games between levels where you take photos of faces in an attempt to create a mask. The graphics are wonderful and the tune on the menu is very atmospheric. Unfortunately the difficulty level is too high; you are only given one life, and completing the first level alone takes a lot of practice.

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Dark Sceptre

(Firebird, 1988)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Is this another fantasy masterpiece from Mike Singleton? Not quite. The pace of play is a little slow and the graphics should have been better. There are adventure games on the CPC with better walking animation and scrolling. Perhaps this is by design (you’re wearing armour, after all). This game is more strategy than adventure, though. You are assigned a team of warriors who all have different statistics and abilities. You’re able to assign them commands and watch as the combat unfolds with plenty of weapon-on-weapon action. It’s quite a novel game and there are many different actions available, including casting spells, bribery and insults to name a few. Jumping from character to character might not be everyone’s cup of tea, mind, as they look to defeat the game’s other factions. It’s certainly an interesting game and one that should at least be experienced once.

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Dark Side

(Incentive, 1988)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Using Freescape, this took 3D gaming to a whole new level when it was released. In a battle against time, you have to negotiate your way around the surface of the moon Tricuspid, destroying ECDs that are powering up an enormous doomsday weapon that is targeted at the planet Evath. Confronting you are a myriad of fiendish puzzles which must be solved in order to complete your mission. Admittedly the sound is poor and there is no music but when you consider what was achieved this remains a seminal game.

See also: Driller.

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Dark Star

(Design Design, 1985)

Reviewed by Richard Lamond

Take to the stars in the LIAR with your mission to liberate the galaxy from the Evil Lord’s empire. What at first appears to be a linear and somewhat pointless shoot-’em-up reveals itself to be a far more complex affair when you start to dig around the options and work out what you are supposed to be doing (and reduce the initial difficulty level!). Use warp gates to move your way around the galaxy and take out the enemy’s military strongholds on the planet surfaces. Navigating your way through the warp gates is a frustrating experience, though, and the game boasts only crude graphics. Getting to a planet, let alone liberating it, is something of an achievement. Continued efforts will be rewarded but once you’ve reached your first planet, you’ve seen everything the game has to offer, and there are much better 3D shooters out there.

See also: Forbidden Planet.

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(Top Ten, 1986)

The King of Lightwurlde is having problems with some enormous molehills that have appeared in his garden, so Narud Pendaryn decides to investigate. However, Narud falls into one of the molehills and ends up in Darkwurlde. Narud must explore the lair of Darkwurlde and kill all the moles. As you would expect, Darkwurlde is filled with monsters which fly about the screen, and Narud will lose one of his five lives if he touches them. Much of the scenery, such as fires and poisonous plants, is also to be avoided. The influence of Ultimate’s games really shows here, but this game isn’t as good as those of Ultimate (as the author himself admits!). The graphics are OK, but firing at the monsters can be tricky and it’s easy to lose lives unnecessarily.

See also: Pyra Mydya.

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Darts 180

(Mastertronic, 1986)

Now’s your chance to play in a darts tournament without the need to drink lots of beer! You can take part in a tournament or take a ‘round the clock’ test, or even play against a friend. You fire darts by moving an animated hand diagonally to the right sector. The tournament is a bit easy and you should sail through the quarter- and semi-finals without any fuss, but beating Jammy Jim in the final is another matter entirely! The default colour scheme is horrible, but thankfully, you can change it. The digitised speech is awesome, too, with shouts of “180!” each time you get that score – brilliant!

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The Dawn of Kernel

(Juan José Martínez, 2018)

All personnel in the mining base on the planet K3R-NL have been forced to evacuate as a result of a virus infecting their computer network – but the distress call also included the mysterious message, “KERNEL LIVES.” What could this mean? You must explore the mining base in your spaceship and find out. The base is filled with enemies and other hazards such as mines, turrets and forcefields that need to be disabled in order to progress. Your ship is equipped with a standard gun and you also have a limited amount of rockets and bombs at your disposal. The graphics are of a high standard and there are several tunes that play throughout the game. Having only one life is perhaps slightly unfair, and you will probably die fairly early on in your first few attempts, but if you persevere and aren’t put off, you should find that this is a pretty good game.

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