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Page 1: Table Football - Target Plus
Page 2: Target; Renegade - Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op
Page 3: Teenage Queen - Terra Cognita
Page 4: Terramex - Thing!
Page 5: Thing Bounces Back - 3D Invaders
Page 6: 3D Monster Chase - Throne of Fire
Page 7: Through the Trap Door - Thunder Zone
Page 8: Tiger Road - Titan
Page 9: Titanic - Top Cat
Page 10: Top Gun - Track and Field
Page 11: Tracksuit Manager - The Trap Door
Page 12: Trashman - Trivia: The Ultimate Quest
Page 13: Troglo - Turbo Chopper
Page 14: Turbo Cup - Tusker
Page 15: Tut's Pyramid - Typhoon
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Through the Trap Door

(Piranha, 1987)

Boni the skull has been taken away below the trap door, and as Berk, you have to rescue him. This time, you can take control of both Berk and Drutt, who have to work together to make progress. Unfortunately, the game isn't as good as The Trap Door; for whatever reason, it's not as much fun. Berk may move faster, and there may be more monsters to encounter, but once you get to the second level, you'll find that things become much too difficult.

See also: The Trap Door.

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Thrust

(Firebird, 1986)

The resistance has captured some spaceships in preparation for an attack against the Intergalactic Empire. However, they need to collect some Klystron pods for the spaceships to be useful. You control a spaceship and have to enter an underground passageway to collect a Klystron pod on each level, and then fly to the surface again with the pod in tow. However, each passageway contains guns which will fire at you, and the levels quickly become harder, with narrower passageways, more guns, and even reverse gravity and invisible walls. This simple little game is in fact one of the all-time classics. Despite its very retro graphics, it's unbelievably addictive, and if you haven't played it, you haven't lived.

See also: Thrust II.

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Thrust II

(Firebird, 1987)

After collecting all the Klystron pods, the resistance decides to settle on the planet P2112, but there's something wrong with the weather. There's a maze of underground passageways to explore, and you must once again collect sixteen pods and bring them to the surface in order to fix the planet's atmosphere. In other words, it's very similar to the previous game, but the graphics have improved considerably (although the line-based graphics in Thrust had their own appeal), and your spaceship is a lot harder to manoeuvre, especially when you're towing a pod. For this reason, I don't think this game is as good as its predecessor, but it's still a fun and challenging game to play.

See also: Thrust.

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Thunderbirds

(Grandslam, 1989)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

If you didn't already know it, Thunderbirds is a hugely popular puppet-based TV show with a cult following. The whole premise of the Thunderbirds is being good people helping rescue others in perilous situations and saving the world from bad guys, namely the Hood who wants to destroy the world. In this game you take on the role of the famous International Rescue team in four different daring rescue adventures, but you can only choose two different objects at the beginning of each mission to help you complete these very dangerous time-limited rescue missions. The graphics and colours chosen are very Spectrum-looking and not worthy of the International Rescue team, as the TV show does feature some very colourful and spiffy-looking outfits. If you love Thunderbirds you will most likely enjoy this graphic arcade adventure.

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Thunder Blade

(US Gold, 1988)

You're on a mission to destroy an enemy fortress, but the enemy aren't going to take to that. The mission consists of four sections divided into three sub-sections, which see you flying over cities, deserts and the sea. As well as the enemy's fire, you've also got to dodge skyscrapers when you're in the cities. The game is let down a bit by its silly controls; to accelerate and slow down, you have to hold down the fire button as you press up or down, and you often find yourself slowing down when you want to change height, leaving you exposed to enemy fire. Despite this, it's still possible to progress, but it's not exactly enthralling.

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Thunder Burner

(Loriciel, 1991)

This is a poor 3D shoot-'em-up in which you control a robot that can metamorphose into a fighter plane at will. Enemies fly towards you, and you can shoot them or avoid them. If you're flying, you'll also need to avoid the scenery on the ground. You'll also need to collect spheres to maintain your fuel levels. So why is the game poor, then? Your firepower is mediocre and you can only shoot enemies at very close range, and collecting spheres is almost impossible; by the time you realise that there is a sphere nearby, it's too late to collect it, and your fuel runs out very quickly. The graphics are actually very good, although the colour scheme makes the game look dull – and it is a dull game to play.

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Thundercats

(Elite, 1987)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Thunder, thunder, you know the rest. A blatant cash-in on the cheesy kids' cartoon. As Lion-O, your task is to recover the lost eye of Thundera – the power behind the Sword of Omens from the clutches of Thundercat nemesis the vile Mumm-Ra, "the ever living". A simple hack-'n'-slash platformer; you have to reach the end of every level as fast as possible within the given time limit and in your way are an infinite number of Mumm-Ra's mutants to stop you. As well as picking points to rack up your score, you must rescue your fellow felines along the way. A dull repetitive affair, it looks as bad as it plays. One for fans of the show only.

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Thunder Fighter

(Cosmic, 1988)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

This is a French game that is an adaptation of Space Invaders. An original, catchy tune plays throughout, while a cloud at the top of the screen releases alien fighters into holding bays. When a column is filled, the first fighter in that column will fall towards you. Your cute and colourful spaceship can shoot them down as they fall or while they are stacked in each column. The challenging part comes with shooting down three other objects – a blue alien ship, a green pod and a red pod. Failing to shoot them down results in losing a life if they hit the bottom of the screen. When you shoot a red pod it acts like a smart bomb, killing all the alien fighters in the columns. The sideways control mechanism can be jerky, so prioritising what to shoot first is essential. Thunder Fighter is simplistic and enjoyable.

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Thunder Jaws

(Domark, 1991)

The evil scientist Madame Q is threatening to take over the world by creating armies of mutants. You must infiltrate her underwater fortress and kill her. The game consists of four levels which are divided into two parts. In the first part, you must swim underwater, avoiding any hazardous objects, to reach one of Madame Q's bases. The second part is a platform-cum-shoot-'em-up affair. Most parts have a very large enemy to defeat at the end, but none of them are particularly challenging. The same can be said for the rest of the game, which is so easy that I completed it on my first attempt! The graphics are very good and well drawn, but the underwater sections are fairly dull and you are given far too many credits. You'll complete the game quickly and then forget about it.

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Thunder Zone

(Firebird, 1987)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

Flying a spacecraft from a first-person perspective, your mission is to repel the invasion of your colony, Flavius V, from enemy spacecraft of the evil emperor Zircon. Enemy ships are detected and measured by the amount of energy they make, which is probably the only game I have seen this in. The controls are awkward, as if you select down, you will find you that you are selecting different icons to use for choosing a weapon, hyperspacing to another zone or repairing your ship, so only up, left and right can be used for flying your spacecraft which means shooting enemy ships down is very frustrating. Some nice-looking sprites and colours but not very exciting gameplay.

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