Page 1: Table Football – Tapper
Page 2: Target Plus – Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
Page 3: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op – Terminus
Page 4: Terra Cognita – Theatre Europe
Page 5: They Stole a Million – 3D Fight
Page 6: 3D Grand Prix – 3D Time Trek
Page 7: Three Weeks in Paradise – Thundercats
Page 8: Thunder Fighter – Times of Lore
Page 9: TimeTrax – Toadrunner
Page 10: Toi Acid Game – Total Eclipse
Page 11: Total Eclipse II: The Sphinx Jinx – Traffic
Page 12: Trailblazer – Trashman
Page 13: Treasure Island Dizzy – Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition
Page 14: Trivia: The Ultimate Quest – Turbo Boat Simulator
Page 15: Turbo Chopper – Turrican II
Page 16: Tusker – Typhoon
Screenshot of 3D Grand Prix

3D Grand Prix

(Amsoft, 1985)

This early Formula 1 game sees you racing around eight tracks. In order to qualify for the next track, you must finish third or higher. After playing for a while, it’s clear that this is much more of an arcade game than a proper motor racing simulation. Although you start on pole position on a grid of 23 cars, other cars will appear randomly in front of you even if you’re in the lead and on the first lap! Despite this, it remains a fairly enjoyable game after all these years, and you get a sense of speed while driving around the tracks.

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3D Invaders

(Amsoft, 1984)

It’s Space Invaders in 3D, would you believe? The Quarks are invading and you have to shoot as many of them as you can. You move your laser cannon about a grid of squares and try to dodge the aliens’ fire as they move slowly – very slowly – left and right. It’s really difficult to aim your laser at the aliens and your laser bolts nearly always seem to go right through them. The game is mostly written in BASIC and so it is excruciatingly slow, and the graphics, sound effects, and of course the game itself, are all abysmal.

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3D Monster Chase

(Romik, 1985)

Hunt through three floors of a maze to find a key, then use it to disarm a stink bomb (!), and return to your home base. There are seven keys in total, and you must also beware of the bat that flies round each floor, although there is a supply of grenades you can use to kill it. This game ranks as one of the worst I have ever had the misfortune to play. It is horrifically sluggish, and pressing keys often does nothing. The graphics are equally terrible, and the game is extremely boring, anyway; playing it for more than two minutes will seriously test your sanity!

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3D Pool

(Firebird, 1989)

The problem with most snooker and pool games is that you can’t move around the table, but you can in this game. You can take part in a tournament against several other players, all battling to face the champion, Maltese Joe. Alternatively, you can practice, or even try out fifteen trick shots – you can design your own as well. The 3D nature of the game makes it a little difficult to aim your shots, and it isn’t helped by the other players being pretty good. The graphics are blocky and a bit slow, despite the four-colour, medium-resolution Mode 1 being used, and there are hardly any sound effects and music, but it’s still not a bad game.

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3D Quasars

(Solar Software, 1985)

After the fighting of the Proxima war, the enemy has blasted tunnels in the Quasar defence system. You have been sent to fly along these tunnels in your Tarantula C1 spaceship and have to shoot all the enemy craft. It’s tough going right from the start – even with only one enemy coming towards you at a time, you’ll need to be alert. You’ll soon find that it’s really tough, and soon you’re overwhelmed; if you can survive for more than a minute, you’re doing well! It might be worth a few goes if you’re looking for a very short game to play, but there isn’t any variety in it at all, and the tunnel is too narrow.

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Screenshot of 3D Snooker

3D Snooker

(Players, 1990)

Most snooker games view the board from above. This one dares to be different by viewing it from one end and adding some perspective. However, it just doesn’t work. Aiming your ball is like most other snooker games – you move crosshairs about the table and fire. The perspective makes aiming the ball accurately impossible, especially when you’re aiming for a ball at the far end of the table. It also uses only four colours, so working out the other coloured balls can be tricky. The 3D graphics are a reasonable attempt, but I’ll say again that it doesn’t work in a snooker game.

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Screenshot of 3D Starfighter

3D Starfighter

(Code Masters, 1987)

Reviewed by John Beckett

Prepare for a biased review – this is in my top three favourite CPC games ever! There is so much to this game, I can’t do it justice in such a small space. You play a special agent whose mission is to deliver the CHAOS weapon (Complete Hostile Alien Obliteration System) to the scientists of a distant planet overrun by hostile aliens. But things aren’t that simple and you’ll find yourself making many trips to other planets before you eventually deliver the weapon. The game itself is a 3D shoot-’em-up where you must shoot the rapidly approaching alien ships using a set of crosshairs, before they crash into you and drain your shields. The graphics are fairly simple but still good, the sound is excellent (cue the Code Masters trademark sampled speech!) and this game is just brilliant fun!

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Screenshot of 3D Starstrike

3D Starstrike

(Realtime Games Software, 1985)

Take on the enemy Outsider spaceships in your advanced Starstrike spaceship, and penetrate and destroy their reactors hidden deep beneath the surface of the Outsiders’ moons. This 3D space shoot-’em-up features fast and colourful wireframe graphics and non-stop action – whether it’s shooting the Outsider spaceships and their plasma bolts, dodging towers as you fly towards the enemy base, or avoiding the catwalks as you zoom along the equatorial ducts leading to the reactors, you’ll need to have quick reflexes and a good aim! While the gameplay may ultimately be a little repetitive, it’s still great fun to play and an excellent choice if you’re looking for a quick session of blasting aliens.

See also: Starstrike II.

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Screenshot of 3D Stunt Rider

3D Stunt Rider

(Amsoft, 1985)

Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

With hindsight, it’s amazing that people could sell full-price games that were as bad as this. The only thing to do here is trying to jump with your bike over double-decker buses (which proudly bear the inscription ‘AMSTRAD’). The problem is that you must start your jump exactly at the right speed, if you don’t want to crash either on the buses or on the landing track. And when I say exactly at the right speed, that’s exactly! 25mph instead of 23mph won’t do. Add to that the impossibility of controlling accurately the speed of your bike, and you obtain an extremely irritating game, even if the graphics are rather good!

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Screenshot of 3D Time Trek

3D Time Trek

(Anirog, 1985)

Aliens have destroyed your home planet, and you must rid your galaxy of them. The galaxy consists of 64 sectors laid out in an 8×8 grid, and you must explore the sectors and search for the aliens using your long range sensors. Once you find a sector containing a wave of aliens, you have to shoot a few of them by moving a cursor around the screen, and then you can teleport to another sector to continue your mission. There are also planets where you can restore some energy, but only if you land your spacecraft successfully. This is a very simple game with basic graphics. The gameplay requires very little skill and offers little variety, and it won’t be long before you’ll become bored of it.

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