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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: Shadowfire – Shark
Page 8: Sharkey's Moll – Short's Fuse
Page 9: Shovel Adventure – Silkworm
Page 10: Sim City – Skateboard Joust
Page 11: Skateboard Kidz – Skyfox
Page 12: Sky Hunter – Smaily
Page 13: Small Games for Smart Minds – Snowball
Page 14: Snowstrike – Solar Coaster
Page 15: Solar Empire – Sorcerer
Page 16: Sorcerers – Space Crusade
Page 17: Spaced Out – Space Moves (#CPCRetroDev)
Page 18: Space Pest Control – Spellbound
Page 19: Spellbound Dizzy – Spitfire
Page 20: Spitfire 40 – Spy Hunter
Page 21: Spy vs Spy – Star Bowls
Page 22: Starboy – Starion
Page 23: Starquake – Star Wars
Page 24: Star Wars Droids – Storm
Page 25: Stormbringer – Street Gang
Page 26: Street Gang Football – Strike Force Cobra
Page 27: Strike Force Harrier – Stunt Car Racer
Page 28: Stuntman Seymour – Sudoku Master
Page 29: Sultan's Maze – Super Hang-On
Page 30: Super Hero – Super Sam
Page 31: Super Scramble Simulator – Super Tank
Page 32: SuperTed: The Search for Spot – Survivors
Page 33: Survivre – Sword Slayer
Page 34: Syntax
Screenshot of Spellbound Dizzy

Spellbound Dizzy

(Code Masters, 1991)

The fifth Dizzy adventure is also by far the largest – in fact, it’s too large! Dizzy has been looking at Theo the wizard’s spell book and has managed to send the Yolkfolk somewhere else, so now he has to send them all back again. There are a large amount of extra features in this game which make it better than the other Dizzy adventures – for instance, Dizzy can hurt himself if he falls too far – but that is outweighed by the sheer size of the game. It’s far too much to sit through in one go, and the bit where you have to collect rocks each time you want to go down the wind shaft is extremely wearisome. The tune quickly becomes annoying, too.

See also: Bubble Dizzy, Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, Dizzy, Dizzy Down the Rapids, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, Fantasy World Dizzy, Fast Food, Kwik Snax, Magicland Dizzy, Panic Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy.

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Spellbreaker

(Infocom, 1986)

The final instalment of Infocom’s Enchanter trilogy sees you as the master of the Circle of Enchanters, but now magic itself is failing, and spells just aren’t working properly any more. The journey involves collecting white cubes that are central to the use of magic, and you’ll soon find that they have some very special properties indeed... The author, Dave Lebling, said that it “was intended to be a nasty, vicious and cruel, hard game and it succeeded in that.” You rely on spells a lot more than the previous two adventures, and many of the puzzles are extremely difficult. Infocom meant this to be their toughest ever adventure, and I can agree with that. However, it’s probably too tough for most people, and I didn’t like it as much as some of their other adventures.

See also: Enchanter, Sorcerer.

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Sphaira

(French)

(Ubi Soft, 1989)

You are an archaeologist who is looking for a lost civilisation which lies underneath the Atlantic Ocean. After entering some magic caves in a remote part of Peru, you emerge somewhere else, and your quest begins... This is an adventure which uses icons to select actions, instead of requiring you to enter them. A lot of puzzles rely on you knowing a magic word; you will need to use them either as passwords or when casting spells (and if you want to know one, ask for help at the cottage and the big tree). The graphics are fairly good, but the game relies too much on magic words, and there are very few objects to pick up and make use of. The procedure used for casting spells is also annoying and unnecessarily complicated.

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Spherical

(Rainbow Arts, 1989)

Wuron the dwarf magician must guide the Starball – a sphere with magical powers – through the rooms of the castle of the evil dragon Mirgal. In each room, Wuron must construct a path to allow the sphere to reach the block marked ‘IN’, before the sphere starts rolling. Wuron is able to create blocks out of thin air, but watch out for the ghosts and sorcerers who will drain your energy! There are plenty of objects and power-ups to collect, although you’ll have to work out what they all do, and use them wisely! The graphics are breathtaking, although there aren’t many sound effects, but with dozens of levels to play and four opportunities in the game to restart a level, the thinkers among you will love this.

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Spike in Transylvania

(Code Masters, 1991)

Spike has been shipwrecked in Transylvania, along with several of his Viking mates, who are now locked up in the dungeons of the King’s castle. Fortunately, Spike hasn’t been captured, but he now has to rescue all of his comrades. This is an arcade adventure in which you must find the right objects to solve puzzles and progress further in the game, as well as dodging the guards, rats and bats who will drain your energy. It’s all rather easy, though, and it shouldn’t take you too long to complete the game. However, I still think the game is a good one while it lasts, despite the monochrome graphics. The music is fairly good as well, and so is the animated sequence when you lose all your lives!

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Spiky Harold

(Firebird, 1986)

Winter is closing in, and Harold the hedgehog has to find food for him to last through his hibernation. Starting above the ground, you have to venture underground into a network of tunnels full of other wildlife, and you will lose a life if you touch any of them. Believe it or not, you get twenty lives, but you’re going to need every one of them! Squeezing past many of the monsters requires the utmost precision, and it is very frustrating to lose several lives in this way. I don’t mind the game too much – Harold is really cute – but most people will find it too difficult.

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Spindizzy

(Appeared on an Amstrad Action covertape)

(Electric Dreams, 1986)

GERALD is on Hangworld, and he has to explore all 386 locations and collect more than 200 jewels in his mission. There are all sorts of puzzles to solve – you’ll need to hunt for the right switches to open doors and cross chasms, for instance – and tricky terrain to negotiate, and you’re battling against the clock, too! What makes this game so truly irresistible is that urge to explore a little more of Hangworld with each go. It’s one of the all-time classics, and yes, I think it is one of the best games ever to be released for the CPC.

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Spindrone

(Atlantis, 1988)

The planet Fungii 7 contains lots of barrels of plutonium, and it’s your job to guard them. However, the green alien Kermatoids are intent on getting their hands on it and have launched an invasion. You must shoot them and prevent them from stealing the barrels – once they’ve got them, it’s too late! If all 27 barrels are stolen, then the game is over. There are three screens, and while you’re guarding one screen, the Kermatoids are taking advantage on the other two, so it’s quite difficult, although you have a radar to show you where the aliens are. Basically, it’s a mediocre space shoot-’em-up which won’t interest you for long, although the graphics are brilliant and the Kermatoids are quite cute!

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Spirits

(Topo Soft, 1987)

Reviewed by Robert Small

There’s a really nice touch at the beginning of Spirits where the credits fade in just like you’re about to start watching a film. There’s some nice music as well. Then the game begins and you notice colour clash and slowdown – never mind. The game at least has a unique concept of splitting the screen in two, which allows you to see the location of the items you need to obtain in this arcade adventure. The graphics are nicely drawn but the gameplay is only accompanied by the slightest of sound effects. There are quite a few arcade adventures on the CPC, to say the least, and this is a solid example.

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Spitfire

(Encore, 1989)

Take to the skies in a Spitfire fighter plane and shoot down as many German Me 109 and Ju 88 planes and destroy as many of their bases as you can. A display at the bottom of the screen warns you of incoming enemy planes, and then you can engage in a dogfight with them, manoeuvring your Spitfire and weaving around the screen in order to take it down. Your plane isn’t armed with bombs, so enemy bases and ships need to be destroyed by swooping downwards and firing your guns continuously while trying not to crash. First impressions are good; the graphics are average but your Spitfire is well animated, and the sound of gunfire is fairly realistic. However, there isn’t much variety and there are no real goals to achieve, and it soon becomes repetitive.

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