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Page 1: Sabian Island – Sailing
Page 2: Saint and Greavsie – Sardina Forever
Page 3: SAS Assault Course – Scooby-Doo
Page 4: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo – SDI
Page 5: Seabase Delta – Sepulcri
Page 6: Sgt. Helmet Training Day 2020 – Shadow Dancer
Page 7: Shadowfire – Shark
Page 8: Sharkey's Moll – Short's Fuse
Page 9: Shovel Adventure – Silkworm
Page 10: Sim City – Skaal
Page 11: Skateboard Joust – Skweek
Page 12: Skyfox – Sly Spy: Secret Agent
Page 13: Smaily – Snoopy
Page 14: Snowball – Software Star
Page 15: Solar Coaster – Sooty and Sweep
Page 16: Sorcerer – Space Cowboy in Lost Planet
Page 17: Space Crusade – Space Moves (#CPCRetroDev)
Page 18: Space Moves (Retrobytes Productions) – Speed Zone
Page 19: Spellbound – Spirits
Page 20: Spitfire – Sputnik
Page 21: Spy Hunter – Star Avenger
Page 22: Star Bowls – Starglider
Page 23: Starion – Star Trooper
Page 24: Star Wars – Stomp
Page 25: Stop Ball – Street Cred' Football
Page 26: Street Fighter – Strider II
Page 27: Strike – Stryfe
Page 28: STUN Runner – Subway Vigilante
Page 29: Sudoku – Super Flippard
Page 30: Super Gran – Super Pac
Page 31: Super Pipeline II – Super Sprint
Page 32: Super Stock Car – Surprise Surprise
Page 33: The Survivor – The Sword of Ianna
Page 34: The Sword of the Samurai – Syntax
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Skyfox

(Ariolasoft, 1985)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Skyfox has all the makings of a good game. A cool, state of the art plane to fly against a variety of air- and ground-based alien foes who are intent on destroying your home base. It features a variety of mission types and the difficulty can be altered. There are different weapons to try out and a helpful status map. The idea behind the game is a good one as well. What appears at first to be a flight simulation is in fact more of an arcade shoot-’em-up/flight simulation hybrid, so it’s not overly complicated. So all good then? Unfortunately not. This game is held in reasonably high regard on other formats, but on the CPC it’s a bit of a technical disaster – good-looking graphics one minute and glitches the next. It has an unfinished feel. The engine noise will set your teeth on edge after a while as well, while the gameplay can start to feel shallow. It could and should have been better.

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Sky Hunter

(Ere Informatique, 1988)

The Emperor’s son has been kidnapped by the ruler of a faraway planet and you have been sent to rescue him. However, the sword that symbolises his power has been broken up into six pieces. Firstly, you will need to locate and break into the ruler’s lair and meet him face to face. Then you must find six rebels who hold the pieces of the sword and give them an object in exchange. In this icon-driven adventure, you explore the planet in a tank, and during your hunt you’ll frequently encounter other aliens that you must shoot before you can continue. Your ammunition, shield and fuel are all limited, so it’s important to conserve your resources. The game is beautifully presented, with excellent graphics accompanying each location. However there isn’t a lot of depth to the gameplay, but despite this it’s still a decent game overall.

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Skyx

(Legend Software, 1988)

A legend tells that four people will one day bring peace to the kingdom of Belda. That day has come, and you control this group of people. The game is based on Qix (hence its name), where you must draw lines in order to fill in parts of the screen; when you fill at least 75% of the screen, you can go to the next level. To make this more difficult, there are a few monsters; a green mask which moves unpredictably and very quickly around the screen, and one or more other enemies which move along the lines that you have drawn. There are also apples which give you more time, and potions which make you behave in strange ways. The graphics are very good and the game is well presented, but the presence of the green mask makes it frustratingly difficult.

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Sláine

(Martech, 1987)

After a mighty battle in the village of Tautega, its inhabitants have slain one of the evil Drune Lords and buried him beneath the stones of Cromm-Lin – but just before he died, he placed a curse upon the village. This is where the warrior Sláine and his dwarf sidekick Ukko enter the story. This is the second game from Martech to be based on a comic strip from 2000 AD magazine. The developers were keen to emphasise the unique ‘Reflex’ interface, in which the commands you can select constantly appear and disappear from the screen, supposedly reflecting Sláine’s current thoughts. In practice, it’s very awkward to use, and carrying out even simple commands like moving from location to location takes much longer than it would if you could just type commands using a keyboard. It’s a shame, because the presentation is rather attractive.

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Slap Fight

(Imagine, 1987)

This is a bog-standard shoot-’em-up in which you are flying above the surface of the planet Orac and shooting aliens. Some of them leave gold stars behind which you can pick up, and collecting them allows you to select from a list of power-ups, which you can decide to make use of at any time. The graphics are pretty good when you consider that this is just another space shoot-’em-up, and the music is good as well. It’s just that the enemy bullets are often too small to see, and if you lose a life, it’s really difficult to recover from losing all your power-ups too.

See also: Alcon 2020.

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Slapshot

(Anirog, 1985)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

The only ice hockey game I have seen on the CPC. It’s three versus three, with you against the computer or a human opponent, over three periods to score more goals than your opponent. The graphics and sounds aren’t fantastic and the selection of your players can be annoying at times. The computer opponent moves faster and is better at stealing the ball from you, and you have no control over your goaltender; he just moves across the goal by himself. If you strike your opponent, it’s a foul and you are penalised by being taken to the penalty circle closer to your opponent’s goal. When the puck gets behind the goal area it becomes quite quirky and tricky to move.

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Sliders

(Microïds, 1991)

This is a simple game set in the future, where two balls – one blue and one red – try to fire another ball over their opponent’s goal, which is represented by a square. The game can be played with a friend or against the computer, and you can change the computer’s expertise, as well as a number of other settings. The ball is magnetic, and if you’re nearby, you can attract it towards you. Once you have the ball, you then aim and release it. While the concept is very simple, it will take time to master, as controlling your ball is tricky due to a lack of friction. Not everyone will like it, but I thought it was reasonably good, although the graphics during the game are rather blocky and the scrolling is slow.

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Slightly Magic

(Code Masters, 1991)

Reviewed by John Beckett

In this brilliant Dizzy clone from Code Masters, you play the part of a trainee wizard named Slightly, and must rescue the lovely princess who has been snatched away by an angry, sunburnt dragon. Unfortunately, poor Slightly is stuck in his master’s castle, and must first find his way out. Code Masters add a nice little variation to the gameplay here, as to progress Slightly must learn spells by finding both the spell and a related object (for example, a hearing spell and a megaphone). These are pretty fun, especially later spells which turn the poor guy into a bird and a fish. The graphics are good and little Slightly is cute and well animated, the music is unbelievably catchy, and the game’s difficulty is perfect. This game is great in all ways, except for one thing; I found it a bit too short.

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Slug

(Alternative Software, 1988)

It’s late on Friday night, and Slug is sitting with his girlfriend, watching the horror film Emperor Hades Meets the Yak-Faced Melboids from East London Part 37 (Revisited) (sounds like an interesting film to me!), when his girlfriend is suddenly taken away by a mechanical arm, to another world. As Slug, you have to collect five hearts on each of the levels, which consist of four moving platforms with holes allowing you to fall down to and jump up to higher and lower platforms. There is the usual array of monsters to shoot with your TNT slime as well. Beneath the silly plot lies an extremely basic arcade game. The graphics are quite good, and there are some nice animated cartoons every three levels, but it’s dull and repetitive and won’t hold your attention for long.

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Sly Spy: Secret Agent

(Ocean, 1990)

Reviewed by Pug

Playing the role of a James Bond-inspired secret agent, your mission is to stop a terrorist organisation called the Council for World Domination at all costs. After receiving the briefing, you are taken by air to the location where the action begins. Jumping out of the plane, you freefall to the landing zone. Several bad guys join your position and try to take you out. A successful landing leads to eight scolling levels which include such scenes as construction sites, factories, underwater action and a motorbike chase. Visually, the game is very detailed and colourful with almost smooth scrolling. There’s no in-game sound, but a tune plays on the options screen. Overall, Sly Spy: Secret Agent is a fun shoot-’em-up, if a little repetitive.

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