Page 1: The Race – Rally Cross Challenge
Page 2: Rally Driver – Ranarama
Page 3: Rasputin – The Real Stunt Experts
Page 4: Rebel Planet – Relentless
Page 5: Relief Action – Return to Eden
Page 6: Return to Oz – Rick Dangerous II
Page 7: Ricochet (Blaby Computer Games) – Robbbot
Page 8: Robbie Strikes Back – Robotron: 6128
Page 9: Robozone – Rodland
Page 10: Rodmän – Roland on the Ropes
Page 11: Roland on the Run – RUN"CPC
Page 12: Run for Gold – Rygar
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Relief Action


(Loriciels, 1987)

A laboratory assistant on the NMI spaceship accidentally created a monster which has massacred the entire crew. You are the only survivor, having entered one of the cryogenic chambers before it was too late. Now you must find the shuttle and escape. The ship consists of about 50 rooms and corridors, and you’ll find objects which will allow you to access some parts of the ship. Fans of the Freescape games will feel right at home with this game (provided you can understand French); everything takes place in a full 3D environment, and if you can find a pair of 3D glasses, you can use them to enhance the 3D effect even further – quite a nice innovation! There’s no sound, but it only increases the tension as you walk the empty corridors of the spaceship, hoping that the monster isn’t around the next corner...

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(Blaby Computer Games, 1986)

A Remote Excavation Module has been sent into some underground caverns, to collect radioactive deposits – the sort of task which is certainly not recommended for humans. However, the caverns contain lots of boulders which are lying on unstable soil, so be careful where you move the robot. You’ve guessed it; this is a Boulder Dash clone, but it’s not very good, really. I suppose it would be OK if the graphics were better and the scrolling wasn’t jerky. At least there are passwords to allow you to skip levels you’ve already completed.

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(Imagine, 1987)

Reviewed by John Beckett

By far one of the greatest scrolling beat-’em-ups on the CPC, if not the greatest, Renegade has you playing a vigilante who must go and meet his girlfriend on the other side of town. But instead of catching the tube (the first level is set in a tube station, for crying out loud!), he decides to walk there, disposing of various gangs and their leaders on the way. The difficulty level is just right, the graphics are great – detailed, fluid and colourful – and the game has some of the catchiest tunes to come out of the CPC’s speakers. The levels are all suitably different, each populated by its own gang (the junkyard’s motorbike gang is a particular favourite of mine), and the Renegade himself has an impressive arsenal of moves available to him – punches, back kicks, headbutts, flying kicks etc. To be honest, I can’t find fault with this game; it’s a classic!

See also: Renegade III: The Final Chapter, Target; Renegade.

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Renegade III: The Final Chapter

(Imagine, 1989)

Reviewed by John Beckett

When I first played this game, I had to double-check that it was actually a Renegade game! It’s totally different from its classic predecessors, Renegade and Target; Renegade! Where the first two were humourless, gritty and ultra-violent beat-’em-ups, this game’s more like an episode of Doctor Who! Anyway, you play as Renegade, as you wander through different time zones (prehistoric, Egyptian, mediaeval and the future) in search of your girlfriend (some things never change!), who’s been kidnapped by bad guys from the future. Why? Dunno! And instead of fighting chain-wielding street thugs, you must take on cavemen, mummies, dragons and aliens, to name a few! Overall, good cartoony graphics, decent sound, but it’s also very, very tough. Not a patch on the original, but worth a blast nonetheless. Oh, and how strict is that time limit?!

See also: Renegade (Imagine), Target; Renegade.

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Rescate en el Golfo

(Opera Soft, 1990)

Iraqi terrorists have hijacked a jumbo jet full of passengers and are threatening to blow it up. One of those passengers happens to be our hero Ricky’s girlfriend – so can Ricky single-handedly fight off all of the terrorists and rescue the hostages on the plane? It may or may not have been a coincidence that this game was released during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, when Iraq invaded its neighbour Kuwait. The game is a beat-’em-up divided into two sections. Unusually, the graphics in the first section are in the high-colour, low-resolution mode, but in the second section, everything is drawn in the four-colour, higher-resolution mode. This is a fairly good game overall, although the end-of-level opponent in the first section is far too hard – and if you’re wondering how to use the motorbike, open one of the doors to the plane and grab the key!

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Rescue on Fractalus!

(Activision, 1986)

Reviewed by Robert Small

You’re a rescue pilot on an alien planet, tasked with saving your fellow humans but all the while under alien attack. One of the main selling points of this game is the use of fractal graphics to draw the landscape. They really work well and provide a great sense of immersion as you descend into the valleys and ravines of the mountainous planet. Enemy fire will have you flinching as if you were on board, while landing and collecting your comrades is a tense affair; let’s just say not everything is as it seems! The music is OK and the sound effects are good. If the game ran a little faster it would be even better.

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Rescue from Atlantis

(Dinamic/Summit, 1988)

Reviewed by Alain Schroetter

Aliens have set up a base in the depths of Earth’s oceans, and you have to locate their base in the lost city of Atlantis and destroy their leader, Korx. The entrance is hidden in an old wreck, and you’ll need to make a hole in the wreck to find it. You’ve also got to explore the vast labyrinth of caves and make gold bars using the mould you’re supplied with – but you’ll need to find a heat source first. The underwater creatures make life difficult for you, too. The graphics and animation are good and the music is excellent, but like most Dinamic games, it’s too difficult, and far too big as well – it’s easy to get lost. It’s a departure from Dinamic’s usual style of game, and it’s not one of their better moments.

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Return of the Jedi

(Domark, 1989)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Breaking away from the first two vector-based games, this is an isometric scroller. The first level involves guiding Princess Leia through the forests of Endor on a speederbike avoiding the Stormtroopers and the omnipresent trees. The next stage involves guiding the Millennium Falcon through the incomplete Death Star, avoiding the dangerous protrusions in order to take out the central reactor and then escaping in reverse as it blows up. Stage three involves more of the first but with even more trees and Stormtroopers. Finally, you take control of an AT-ST, avoiding the Ewoks’ logs and boulders in order to reach the shield generator. Nicely presented, but a disappointingly repetitive and difficult game that lacks the fun of the prequels.

See also: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, Star Wars Droids.

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The Return of Traxtor

(Juan José Martínez, 2015)

Reviewed by Missas

A thousand years have passed since Traxtor saved us... With his memory long gone, this new game is the story of his legacy. The Return of Traxtor is a very nice puzzle game in the style of Magical Drop. You must match the tiles so they disappear. The graphics are colourful and well drawn with vivid colours. The sound is good with different interesting tunes playing during the game. Where the game excels greatly is the gameplay. This is an incredibly addictive game which requires you to think quickly, and I enjoyed it very much. Overall, while it is not especially advanced in technical terms because of its gameplay, I’ll give it a high rating.

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Return to Eden

(Level 9, 1984)

Reviewed by Richard Lamond

Kim Kimberley is back in an even more obtuse and difficult text adventure! Despite your heroics in saving Snowball 9, you’ve been cast as a saboteur and forced to flee for your life to the planet Eden. You must find your way through the treacherous jungle into the Robot City before the robots destroy the orbiting Snowball 9 and kill the colonists in the process – who are trying to kill you! This was the first Level 9 game to feature graphics, but they are extremely basic and detract from the location descriptions. Return to Eden cranks up the difficulty level from the very beginning and it makes for an unsatisfactory experience as you find yourself battling with some of the more obscure leaps of logic. The atmosphere of the first game, although not completely lost, is not what it was, and despite some good set-pieces, Return to Eden does not compare well with its predecessor.

See also: Snowball, The Worm in Paradise.

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