Page 1: Table Football – Target Plus
Page 2: Target; Renegade – Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
Page 3: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Page 4: Terminus – Tetris (Mirrorsoft)
Page 5: Thanatos – 3D Boxing
Page 6: 3DC – 3D Starfighter
Page 7: 3D Starstrike – Thrust II
Page 8: Thunderbirds – Timelord
Page 9: Time Machine – Titanic
Page 10: Titanic Blinky – Tomcat
Page 11: Toobin' – Totems
Page 12: Tour de Force – Trakers
Page 13: Trance – Le Trésor d'Ali Gator
Page 14: Le Trésor de l'Amazone – Troll
Page 15: Trollie Wallie – Turbo Esprit
Page 16: Turbo-Girl – TVBALL
Page 17: Twin Turbo V8 – Typhoon
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(Hit Pak, 1987)

Stranded at the bottom of the sea, you must find or construct a submarine that will rescue you and take you back to the surface. The sea bed is littered with objects that you can collect. Some of them are hidden from view by larger objects that can be pushed out of the way. You will also find Eric the Eel, who can squeeze into gaps that you cannot fit into – but watch out for the octopuses, who will steal your oxygen tanks if you’re not careful! This isometric arcade adventure with some lovely graphics and a pleasant rendition of a tune that will be familiar to British ears. However, the controls are awkward, and it’s quite difficult to work out what you’re supposed to do with the objects you can collect.

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3D Fight

(Loriciels, 1985)

Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

Once again, you must save the Earth from evil aliens. Flying over a blue chequered surface, you’ll have to destroy waves of hostile spaceships. Well, as with many games containing “3D” in their title, we shouldn’t expect much of this game. First, it is very difficult to aim accurately at the incoming aliens because the perspective is rather deceptive. Then, you have to collect fuel (by firing at it!) very often, which makes your task even harder. You’ll soon be lost in a cloud of enemy bullets (or whatever it is), trying to find an oil tank – and you’ll press the CONTROL, SHIFT and ESCAPE keys!

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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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3-D Pinball

(Mastertronic, 1989)

Nearly all pinball games on the CPC show a top-down view of the pinball table. However, this one (also known as Pinball Power) dares to be different, by showing you a perspective view of the table, the way you would see it if you were playing a real pinball machine. This level of realism is maintained when you start playing the game; the ball moves really fast, and you’ll need to be alert! Unfortunately, there is only one table and you can’t tilt the machine, but the graphics are excellent, and the sound effects are pretty good as well.

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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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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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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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