Page 1: Daley Thompson's Decathlon – Danger Mouse in Double Trouble
Page 2: Danger Mouse in Makin' Whoopee – Darts 180
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Page 4: Deathkick – Deep Strike
Page 5: Defcom – Dempsey and Makepeace
Page 6: La Dernière Mission – Dianne
Page 7: Dick Tracy – DJ Puff
Page 8: Dr Doom's Revenge – Dominoes
Page 9: Donkey Kong – Double Dragon
Page 10: Double Dragon II: The Revenge – Drakkar
Page 11: Drazen Petrovic Basket – Dun Darach
Page 12: Dungeon Adventure – Dynasty Wars
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Donkey Kong

(Ocean, 1986)

A giant gorilla has captured Mario’s girlfriend and takes her to the top of the skyscrapers in New York. Can Mario climb the girders and rescue her while avoiding the hazards that await him? This classic game was the first one to feature this most famous of computer game characters – although in the original version of this game, he was known as Jumpman. There are four levels with varying styles. However, the first level, in which you must jump over barrels, is rather difficult and will take time to master. The graphics are very faithful to the original version and have a real retro feel, and the sound effects aren’t bad either. It’s a shame there are only four levels, but the game still retains all of its charm.

See also: Kong Strikes Back.

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Don’t Panic

(Firebird, 1985)

If you thought that this game was based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’re wrong! Instead you control a droid who has to load goods on to a rocket, by shooting them with a laser so that they are pushed along the screen. However, there are several creatures which are harmful to the droid, particularly the bouncing green alien who seems to home in on you with remarkable accuracy. Oh, and the alien can’t be destroyed with your laser, which makes the game almost impossible – and even if the game was easier, it would still be dull.

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Doodle Bug

(Players, 1987)

This is a Pac-Man-style game where, as the doodlebug, you must eat all the daisies in the maze and avoid the other insects which will eat you. You can also collect hearts and letters, and if you collect all the right letters, you’ll get lots of bonus points, or you might even be taken to a special bonus screen. The maze consists of lots of turnstiles so that you can block the paths of any insects which might be chasing you. The graphics and sound are both pretty mediocre, but the actual game, though on the difficult side, is surprisingly addictive.

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Doomdark’s Revenge

(Beyond, 1986)

Shareth the Heartstealer, daughter of Doomdark, is set on avenging the death of her father. She has captured Morkin, son of Luxor the Moonprince, and vowed to slay Luxor and conquer the land of Midnight. As Luxor, you have travelled to the land of Icemark. Your main goal is to rescue your beloved son, but greater victory will be achieved if you destroy Shareth and bring Luxor’s companions, Rorthron and Tarithel, safely back to the Gate of Varenorn, where you begin your quest. This epic adventure follows on from events in The Lords of Midnight and it plays very similarly, with an even larger landscape to explore, a wide range of characters to meet, and armies to recruit and battle against. You can even explore underground tunnels. If you like fantasy games then you may easily find yourself spending hours or days engrossed in exploring Icemark and discovering its many secrets!

See also: The Lords of Midnight.

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Doomsday Blues

(Ere Informatique/PSS, 1985)

Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

Known as Eden Blues to French readers, this is another adventure action game from Ere. You’re a prisoner who tries to escape from a high security jail. You have to avoid the robots that patrol the compound and find food, wine and coffee (it’s a French game!) to restore your health. The graphics are really good and manage to create a gloomy atmosphere. Your character is funny, even when he dies, which will happen very often. The game is very hard indeed; every move you make costs health points. You have to bash doors to progress (which lowers your strength) and your vitality decreases every second. So it’s nearly impossible to stay alive for more than five minutes. Without this flaw, it could have been a really good game.

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Doomsday Lost Echoes

(Doomsday Productions, 2016)

Mike is a mercenary who has accepted a mission for which he will be handsomely rewarded – travel to the derelict Regus space station and search for a missing worker named Arnold Croft. This science fiction text adventure, written using the PAWS adventure creation program, is full of atmosphere and features around 60 beautifully retouched pictures, some of which contain important clues. There are lots of objects to be examined, and the authors intended the game to be suitable for all levels of experience, so you shouldn’t have many problems with the parser being unable to understand certain combinations of words. Experienced adventure players may not find it much of a challenge to complete, but there are three different endings, and the pictures that accompany each location really enhance the atmosphere. This is among the best text adventures ever to be released for the CPC.

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Doors of Doom

(Amsoft, 1985)

There’s not much of a story to this game – just walk about and collect all the pieces of the Doors of Doom before you run out of energy. There are purple monsters which float and waste your energy, but there are refreshing cups of tea lying about to increase it again (I don’t like tea, myself). The graphics are relatively simple but still very bright and colourful, although the sound effects aren’t as good – and don’t mention the music! It also comes with its own scenery editor if you want to design your own levels.

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(Alligata, 1985)

Become a sorceress as you explore the Castle of Doom in an attempt to find some treasure. The element of thinking that appears in this game is that both you and your ghostly doppelgänger (that’s the correct spelling of the word, by the way) can go through some doors but not others, so to reach the same room, you and your alter ego often need to take different routes. There are also objects to collect, and watch out for the spiders that will drain your energy. The problem with this game, though, is that the spiders are hard to avoid, and you have no idea what the objects are used for, or how to use them. This is a shame because the concept behind the game is clever and the graphics are quite impressive.

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Double Dare

(Alternative Software, 1992)

Double Dare was a children’s TV quiz show that also included some very messy physical challenges. In this computerised adaptation, you and either a friend or the computer answer multiple choice questions. If you don’t know the answer, you can ‘dare’ your opponent to answer. They in turn can ‘double dare’ back to you, and if you still don’t know the answer, then you can either guess or complete one of three challenges, which are essentially short (but certainly not simple) puzzle games. The winner then plays an assault course where they must collect tokens while avoiding falling into tanks full of gunge. The number of questions is quite limited, and most of them are based around 1980s culture, so they feel rather dated now, and each question appears slowly on the screen, letter by letter, which makes the game fairly tedious to play.

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Double Dragon

(Melbourne House, 1988)

Billy’s girlfriend Marian has been kidnapped by a ruthless gang, so he has to go and save her. As you might have guessed, this is a run-of-the-mill beat-em-’up consisting of five levels, and it is almost certainly one of, if not the easiest game ever to come out on the CPC; you should be able to complete it on your first go! The graphics are pretty neat and very colourful, but the only sound to be heard is when you’re punching bad guys. The game also moves and scrolls extremely slowly, and it’s likely that you’ll probably switch off rather than bother to complete it.

See also: Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone.

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