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Page 1: Sabian Island – Sailing
Page 2: Saint and Greavsie – SAS Assault Course
Page 3: SAS Combat Simulator – Scooby and Scrappy Doo
Page 4: Scooby Doo – SDAW
Page 5: SDI – The Sentinel
Page 6: Sepulcri – Shadow Dancer
Page 7: Shadow of the Beast – Sharkey's Moll
Page 8: Sharpe's Deeds – Shovel Adventure
Page 9: Shufflepuck Café – Sim City
Page 10: The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants – Skateboard Kidz
Page 11: Skate Crazy – Sky Hunter
Page 12: Skyx – Small Games for Smart Minds
Page 13: S*M*A*S*H*E*D – Snowstrike
Page 14: Soccer Challenge – Solar Empire
Page 15: Solar Warrior – Sorcerers
Page 16: Sorcery – Spaced Out
Page 17: Space Froggy – Space Pest Control
Page 18: Space Racer – Spellbound Dizzy
Page 19: Spellbreaker – Spitfire 40
Page 20: Spitting Image – Spy vs Spy
Page 21: Spy vs Spy: Arctic Antics – Starboy
Page 22: Starbyte – Starquake
Page 23: Star Raiders II – Star Wars Droids
Page 24: Stationfall – Stormbringer
Page 25: Stormlord – Street Gang Football
Page 26: Street Hawk – Strike Force Harrier
Page 27: Striker – Stuntman Seymour
Page 28: Sub – Sultan's Maze
Page 29: Summer Games – Super Hero
Page 30: Superkid – Super Scramble Simulator
Page 31: Super Seymour Saves the Planet – SuperTed: The Search for Spot
Page 32: Super Tripper – Survivre
Page 33: Suspended – Syntax
Screenshot of The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

This game is loosely based on an episode from the TV series. The space mutants have arrived at Springfield and are causing chaos, and as Bart Simpson, you’re the only one who can stop them. In the first level, the aliens have sprayed some objects purple, and you have to paint them red using a spray can and any other objects you can find a use for. The second level involves collecting hats and knocking them off people’s heads (!), and in the third level, you must collect and shoot balloons – and so it goes on. The graphics are very colourful, albeit basic, and Bart looks just like the guy you see on TV. There isn’t much sound, though. It’s a cute little platform game and I like it, although the levels are a bit long.

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Screenshot of Sir Ababol

Sir Ababol

(The Mojon Twins, 2010)

Reviewed by Missas

In this arcade adventure, you control a young crusader named Sir Ababol who wishes to go to Jerusalem but unfortunately loses his sword. On his journey to recover it, he has to collect the strange ababol flowers. To begin with, the graphics use only four colours (Mode 1), however from screen to screen the colours change. Besides that, they are atmospheric and detailed. The controls are simple and they are executed with precision from Sir Ababol, which is a great advantage for the game, since you have to avoid many enemies during your quest. The sound is good and there are some nice effects throughout the game, and the music is atmospheric and well written. The gameplay is fast-paced, but the game itself is neither very large nor too difficult. The grab factor is strong. As a whole, this is a very entertaining game, and if the Mojon Twins continue like this, they will soon become a legend in the CPC scene.

See also: Sir Ababol NES-OM Edition.

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Screenshot of Sir Ababol NES-OM Edition

Sir Ababol NES-OM Edition

(The Mojon Twins, 2018)

Sir Ababol has lost his sword and has to travel across the land to collect 24 red poppies in order to continue his journey to Jerusalem and retrieve his sword. Although this is a remake of The Mojon Twins’ 2010 release, there are enough changes for it to be considered a different game. The graphics use the CPC’s more colourful Mode 0, which is a major improvement on the original game, which looks rather drab in comparison. Enemies can now be killed by jumping on their heads (they were invulnerable in the original game), and instead of energy, you have three lives. Controlling Sir Ababol is much easier now and he moves much faster and more smoothly, and the music is better as well. In fact, everything about the game has been improved, and the game benefits greatly from these enhancements and it’s fun to play.

See also: Sir Ababol.

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Screenshot of Sir Fred

Sir Fred

(Made in Spain, 1986)

Reviewed by Robert Small

There are a lot of things to like about this arcade adventure/platform game. The graphics are colourful and our hero Fred has some nice animations like skidding to a halt, lowering himself from ledges and landing on his backside! The enemies are cute, the puzzles aren’t difficult and it makes a change that water doesn’t kill you. However, this is the game that almost put me off rope swinging for life. It’s so bad that it left me in fear every time I came across a rope in subsequent games. There is a familiar tune on the title screen and the sound effects are functional. If it wasn’t for the controls it would score higher.

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Sir Lancelot

(Melbourne House, 1985)

Take on the role of Sir Lancelot and explore a castle consisting of 24 rooms. In each of these rooms, you must collect several objects before you can visit another one – but there are also lots of monsters which you must dodge. This simple but delightful platform game was released in the early stages of the CPC’s life, so the graphics are rather crude, but don’t be fooled. There is some wonderful platforming action on offer, and while experienced players will find that most of the rooms pose little difficulty to them, completing all of the rooms will still be a challenge.

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Sirwood

(Opera Soft, 1989)

The village of Nargoot was fairly prosperous, thanks to the Golden Shield – a shield with magical properties. However, the dark magician Amargol has stolen it. Enter Arn, a farmer from the village who has set out on a quest to find the shield and return it. This is a wonderful game with three levels which each load separately. Each level contains lots of monsters which must be shot, and several larger enemies which can only be destroyed with a particular weapon. You must also collect six objects in order to complete each level – if you reach the end. The most remarkable aspect of this game is the graphics; they are absolutely luscious, with really big sprites. As a result, the game moves a bit slowly, but it’s nothing to worry about.

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Sito Pons 500cc Grand Prix

(Zigurat, 1990)

Reviewed by Robert Small

The best thing about this motorbike racing game is the graphics. They are very nicely drawn and feature some great touches like pulling a wheelie and spectacularly sliding off into the gravel when you crash. The game scrolls well and has a good sense of speed even with other riders on the track. The handling takes some getting used to and frustration will appear after accidents as you do not go straight back into the action. Mistakes are punished and caution is required. The sound of your bike is also annoying. As far as racing games on the CPC go this picks up points but misses the podium.

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Skaal

(French)

(SoftHawk, 1987)

Reviewed by Robert Small

CPC games with Mode 2 graphics are something of a rarity. Enter this arcade adventure where you take control of a bunny. It’s as if the developers watched Watership Down and thought, “Hey, this would make a great adventure game!” On a technical level it’s successful – high resolution graphics with just two colours, but with smooth, quick scrolling, detailed backgrounds and nice animation. A lovely sound effect has been chosen for the bunny’s hop. The playing window is rather small, the controls should be better, and finding out where to go and what item is needed to eventually free your fiancée isn’t well signposted, though. If you’ve tried any of Gargoyle Games’ work like Tír na Nòg you just might enjoy Skaal.

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Skateboard Joust

(Silverbird, 1988)

A mediocre and very simple single-screen arcade game in which you move around the screen on your flying skateboard, using it to kill the monsters which float around the screen in a particular formation. There are four monsters to kill on each level – two waves, with two monsters in each wave. Bonus icons can also be collected when they appear. The graphics and sound effects are rather primitive and there’s no appeal to the gameplay at all; it’s the sort of game that you’ll play a few times and then forget about.

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Skateboard Kidz

(Silverbird, 1988)

Skate around a city landscape, performing jumps and collecting all five letters of the word SKATE in order to obtain pieces of bronze, silver and gold skateboards. If you want to acquire bonus points, you can collect litter and either give it to the elderly ladies standing about, or put it in the nearest litter bin. You also have to dodge various moving obstacles such as remote-controlled planes and cars. The graphics are awful and the scenery is very drab with little colour used, which is strange considering that they’re drawn in low-resolution Mode 0. There is also practically no sound, and the skateboarder moves at a very slow pace. Because of this, the game has no atmosphere or appeal.

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