Page 1: Eagle's Rider – Elidon
Page 2: Eliminator – The Empire Strikes Back
Page 3: Empty Tummy – Equinox
Page 4: Er*Bert – Every Second Counts
Page 5: Evil Donjon – Eye
Page 6: Eye Spy
Screenshot of Er*Bert


(Microbyte, 1984)

Er*Bert is a purple bouncy creature, and he has to move around a screen consisting of cubes and change their colour. Out to get him are Boris the gorilla, Coily the snake, and a purple ball. To help him evade their clutches, he can use transporters or rotahats, both of which move him to other parts of the screen. There are ten difficulty levels, four stages on each level, and two speeds that you can use, but the controls are so strange and the enemies so hard to avoid that getting off the first level is extremely tough.

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Escape from Singe’s Castle

(Software Projects, 1987)

Having rescued Princess Daphne in Dragon’s Lair and killed Singe the dragon, our hero Dirk now endeavours to find the treasure within the castle before the Lizard King reaches it first. There are eight separate challenges in this game which will require nerves of steel and quick reflexes. Among the things Dirk has to do are negotiate a fast-flowing river, run down a tunnel with a boulder in pursuit, and play ‘Simon says’-type games in the throne room and in a room with a tiled floor. The graphics are OK, albeit rather garish, and the music really sets the atmosphere as well. However, it’s a bit too difficult for my liking, and it would be nice if you didn’t have to go right back to the first level after losing all your lives.

See also: Dragon's Lair.

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Screenshot of Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters

Rescue the girls from the clutches of the evil Reptilons. It sounds like something out of one of those awful 50s B-movies, and that’s exactly what the game is based upon. The Reptilons’ base is laid out in an isometric view, and each room usually has a host of aliens to be shot, girls to be rescued, computers to be smashed, and lockers to be broken into and ransacked – although some of their contents may lose you energy. Every few levels, you have to destroy a very large Reptilon. The graphics are pretty good and it’s a decent game with a lot of action, and another person can play too. The noise of your laser gun is immensely irritating, though.

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La Espada Sagrada

(Topo Soft, 1990)

Reviewed by Javier Sáez

This game was an attempt to recreate the flavour of good old adventures, but adding better gameplay and some fine details. The plot is simple – recover the sacred sword to your tribe (by the way, the English translation of the game’s name is ‘the sacred sword’). La Espada Sagrada is divided into three stages. The first two are 100% pure adventure. The third one is a jump and shoot arcade game, which is less amusing than the other stages. There’s little more I can say; the graphics are good and so is the sound. Give it a try and you’ll have fun for a long time.

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(US Gold, 1990)

Reviewed by Robert Small

There have been many Sega games converted to the Amstrad CPC with varying degrees of success. ESWAT has you controlling a futuristic cop taking out bad guys as you progress from left to right through its levels. You start off as an ordinary cop but progress to wearing a special armoured suit with greater firepower. There are some nice aspects to the graphics, like arriving in your police car at the start of levels, but everything runs very slowly. There’s no music and limited sound effects. There are big sprites but the colour palette is limited. It’s the speed which hurts the most, as playing the game feels as if you’re plodding along, which hinders your enjoyment.

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The Eternal Light 2

(MORRISoft, 2014)

Reviewed by Missas

In this old-style platform game, you take control of a wizard who needs to gather some lanterns. This game was created using Sprites Alive. To begin with, the graphics are average with vivid colours and nicely drawn levels. You need to move platforms and avoid the enemies while trying to collect the lanterns. You may also try to achieve the best score by going as fast as possible. There is no in-game sound. Despite this serious drawback, the game is a Jet Set Willy-style platformer and it will not disappoint you, chiefly because of the smart level design.

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European Soccer Challenge

(Players, 1990)

Play against other European football teams in this abysmal game. You can play against a friend or the computer, but unfortunately the computer is very good, even on the easiest skill level, and your players are very difficult to control. There are very few options that can be modified; the matches always last 15 minutes, and it seems to make no difference what team you choose to play against. The graphics are absolutely horrible, although the loading screen is rather good. Finally, there is some mediocre music on the menu, but the main game features no sound effects at all! This is one of the worst football games on the CPC, and should be avoided.

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European Superleague

(CDS, 1991)

The FA may not be at all keen on the idea of a breakaway European superleague, but this game will give you a little taster. You can choose one of eight teams from Europe, and there are three difficulty levels, too. All the usual management options are there – training, transfer markets and scouting, and there’s an excellent choice of match tactics you can look at. The graphics vary throughout the game, from the garish choice of colours of your office to the beautiful cartoons as your team tries to score goals in the matches. You should also listen out for the phone ringing – it’s so realistic! Overall, this is actually one of the better football management games on the CPC.

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Everyone’s a Wally

(Mikro-Gen, 1985)

Wally and his friends (Wilma, Tom, Dick and Harry) have to open the safe by collecting the five letters of the combination – but to do this, they have to earn some money performing various tasks around the town, and their wages are in the safe. You’ll have to work out by trial and error which characters to use for each task, which objects should be used, and what the tasks actually are. To help you out, Wally is the odd job man, Wilma is Wally’s partner, Tom is the mechanic, Dick is the plumber, and Harry is the electrician. The graphics are nice and the characters are really well drawn; it’s quite funny to see them walk! The little tune at the start of the game is great as well, and the game is actually a rather nice challenge.

See also: Pyjamarama, Three Weeks in Paradise.

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Screenshot of Every Second Counts

Every Second Counts

(TV Games, 1988)

Remember this quiz show from the 1980s, which was hosted by the magician Paul Daniels? The show consists of five rounds, all of which are based on general knowledge questions, although in three of the five rounds, you are allowed to choose from a selection of categories. The points you win in the first four rounds represent the amount of time you get in the fifth and final round, hence the name of the quiz. Unfortunately, each game can be very short indeed, since if you get a single answer wrong in the first or third rounds, you’re not allowed to answer any more questions. The graphics and music are quite good and the game is well presented, but I can’t see myself coming back to play it again, and it’s not a game you can really play on your own.

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