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Amstrad Action #1 (1st October 1985) (Amstrad CPC464, Magazine)

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The Way Of The Exploding Fist (Melbourne House)
The animation on the fighters is excellent although the fight sounds aren't all they could be.
94%
Boulder Dash (Mirrorsoft/First Star)
One of those rare ideas that will trap even the virulent anti-gamester by its mixture of brilliant simplicity and sophisticated execution.
93%
Loco-Motion (Mastertronic)
Frenetic and exciting... Few people can resist its appeal... Next stop - addiction!
76%
Rock Raid (Kuma Computers)
Colourful rocks and aliens, a good range of extra options and demands fast reflexes and great concentration.
65%
Dragons (Amsoft)
Controlling the character is tricky and I found the game ultimately a frustrating experience.
57%
Braxx Bluff (Micromega)
Six testing stages... Reasonable 3D graphics which are certainly distinctive - they can look similar to when other micros crash!
55%
Finders Keepers (Mastertronic)
Graphics and sound are pretty good... Certainly good value.. Look no further for a bargain-basement arcade adventure!
77%
Red Arrows (Database)
It will take an incredibly long time to perfect this game and most people won't be bothered.
55%
Hard Hat Mack (Ariolasoft)
Very attractive to look at... Clever ideas for screens and animation... The screens are very tough.
66%
Fu-Kung In Las Vegas (Amsoft/Romik)
I've racked my brains to find something good to say about this game, but I haven't been able to come up with anything.
24%
Cyrus II Chess (Amsoft)
Chess games don't often get rave reviews but this certainly deserves it... The graphics are excellent and I found it played a good game even on level one.
92%
Beach Head (US Gold/Amsoft)
Very good value... The ship and air-attack sections are very classy, although the tank-attack suffers from the machine's jerky scrolling.
82%
Arnhem (Cases)
A good war game, particularly if you like fighting against the odds.
75%
Lords Of Midnight (Amsoft/Beyond)
Stunning original game-play... A tremendous lasting challenge.
91%
Nonterraqueous (Mastertronic)
At 1,000 screens you're going to find it's not just your robot's psyche that gets drained.
85%
Sorcery Plus (Amsoft/Virgin Plus)
Absolutely wizard! Superb graphics, smooth movement, and a really intriguing game.
91%
Everyone's A Wally (Mikro-Gen)
Tremendous graphics and animation and a puzzling task to really test the mind.
92%
Pyjamarama (Mikro-Gen)
An excellent combination of arcade action and true adventuring. Solving the puzzles is extremely satisfying.
79%
The Rocky Horror Show (CRL)
The wacky originality carries over from the film, with a good rendition of "Let's do the Time Warp" too.
64%
Knight Lore (Ultimate)
Brilliant 3D graphics and animation coupled with unique gameplay should put this in anybody's top three games.
96%
Alien 8 (Ultimate)
Horrendously addictive game-play plus slick packaging and instructions.
96%
Technician Ted (Hewson)
Good graphics and sound, with 21 tough tasks to complete.
82%
Roland In Time (Amsoft)
A very challenging game, will take a long time to solve.
82%
Sorcery (Virgin Games)
Excellent, colourful, well-animated graphics... This is a hard challenge needing plenty of skill.
90%
Roland On The Ropes (Amsoft)
Colourful graphics with different maze layouts and object positions.
58%
Survivor (Anirog)
All-action as you charge around the rooms... Good music to accompany the game.
66%
Death Pit (Durell)
A tough task calling for mapping and fast action of the large playing area.
59%
Fantastic Voyage (Amsoft)
Very original game scenario... A difficult task with plenty of playing area.
67%
Roland In Space (Amsoft)
The scenery can play many tricks with disappearing floors, conveyor belts, lifts, slides and water.
81%
Android One (Vortex)
Lots of tough and varied screens.
65%
Dark Star (Design Design)
Brilliantly smooth, 3D vector graphics... Fast, exciting movement.
84%
The Galactic Plague (Amsoft/Indescomp)
There is little variation... It's got a really dated feel.
29%
Chopper Squad (Interceptor Micros)
Graphics and sound are poor... Slow movement is frustrating.
34%
Ahhh!!! (CRL)
A dated game concept that won't tax the brain. Flickery graphics when aliens overlap too.
44%
Astro Attack (Amsoft)
Simple graphics and sound, with no real variety in screens. Satellites that can be picked up for bonus points and an extra life at 10,000 points.
38%
Air Traffic Control (Hewson)
There are plenty of problems and levels to get you started and to provide a challenge.
68%
The Wild Bunch (Firebird)
An original mixture of trading, adventuring and good fortune.
70%
Fighter Pilot (Digital Integration)
Good instrumentation and a rapid display update.
65%
Roland In The Caves (Amsoft)
Colourful, though jumpy, cave graphics... Some novel gameplay due to the jumping control.
49%
Jet Boot Jack (English)
Challenging gameplay, hard screens, slick graphics and sound.
70%
Football Manager (Addictive Games)
There's real tension during matches... It's incredibly absorbing for all football fans.
69%
Defend Or Die (Alligata)
An accurate conversion of the old classic... Hours of blasting practice guaranteed.
73%
American Football (Argus Press)
Great instructions with background detail. A good simulation needing accurate tactical thinking.
70%
Alex Higgins' World Pool (Amsoft)
Good two-player entertainment, and the one-player version also plays a reasonable game of pool.
51%
Detective (Amsoft)
Virtually no skill involved. No interest as a one-player game, but could be fun for several players.
38%
Steve Davis Snooker (CDS Microsystems)
Smooth, fast-moving balls... High break table.
68%
Amsgolf (Amsoft)
A challenging game so that you need practice, like the real thing.
67%
Frank 'N Stein (PSS)
Cute touches like the animation of Stein... Infuriatingly addictive as you try to crack screens.
65%
Blagger (Alligata)
Twenty screens offer a tough long-term challenge. Platform action is addictive as ever.
61%
Mr. Freeze (Firebird)
The main character movement is slow although it offers taxing action and route-finding.
52%
Hunchback 2 (Ocean)
Better than its forerunner, though tougher than the C64 version.
74%
Ghostbusters (Activision)
Good music plays throughout the game... Skill is needed to catch ghosts and make lots of money.
52%
Roland Goes Digging (Amsoft/Gem)
Frenetic action and fast reflexes required. The increasing difficulty provides a challenge.
54%
Gilligan's Gold (Ocean)
Compulsively frustration action battling against the time limit. Nice touch in being able to ride in trollies.
74%
Super Pipeline II (Taskset/Amsoft)
Slick graphics and addictive gameplay on this novel program... Sadly, the game is mastered too easily.
71%
Kong Strikes Back (Ocean)
Slick graphics and great music, and better than the CBM 64 version.
83%
Bridge-It (Amsoft/Epicsoft)
Good screen layout, but only one layout of bridges... and you have to repeat your options every time you start a game.
20%
Roland Ahoy (Amsoft)
Some nice graphics... Unfortunately, not enough stages to keep you happy.
56%
Er*Bert (Microbyte)
Colourful graphics and clever cube layouts... One wrong leap sends you plummeting to your death off the edge.
70%
Fruit Machine (Amsoft)
No variety and still mostly a game of chance.
42%
Harrier Attack (Durell)
A reasonable scrolling shoot-'em-up, once you've learnt to dodge missiles.
53%
Alien Break-In (Romik)
Colourful, fast-moving graphics... Constant pressure from alien ships.
43%
Atom Smasher (Romik)
Simple graphics and sound... Very difficult to score well and demands efficiency and fast action.
33%
Grand Prix Rally II (Amsoft/Loriciels)
Good perspective and reasonable graphics, but it's hard to tell when you will and won't hit other cars.
65%
Handicap Golf (CRL)
Skilful putting is needed. But there's not enough unpredictability in the length or direction of shots.
41%
Tank Busters (Design Design)
Brilliant vector graphics plus addictive blasting gameplay... There aren't enough games like this.
88%
Test Match (CRL)
If you like cricket, reasonable games of it can be played. However, there's little action - just decisions as to whether to run or not.
50%
World Cup (Artic)
Scrolling is rather jerky, whilst player animation and overlapping is bad.
68%
Centre Court (Amsoft)
The first tennis game for the Amstrad, featuring a good computer opponent who isn't easily beaten. Crude graphics though.
48%
Alex Higgins' World Snooker (Amsoft/Gem)
Two-player games are interesting, but it isn't as good as Steve Davis Snooker.
54%
Classic Racing (Amsoft)
Plenty of thinking and planning needed to find your best horses... The good news is you can get utterly hooked without losing any money!
90%
Admiral Graf Spee (Temptation)
The graphics and sound give you that sinking feeling, and there's little depth to the game. At least it's less painful than drowning.
38%
3D Time Trek (Anirog)
The so-called action equals simple graphics and sound... The gameplay is very simple and repetitive too.
30%
Software Star (Addictive Games)
Gives some idea of the problems and tension in the software industry but no graphics or sound to speak of.
46%
Millionaire (Incentive)
Plenty to keep you busy. Things get frustrating once you've made about £50,000.
53%
Alien (Amsoft)
A good film tie-in which captures the atmosphere of the film. Yet frustration can set in at the lack of rewarding actions.
65%
Sultan's Maze (Amsoft/Gem)
Different mazes and occasionally tricky action but gameplay is slow and uninteresting. Very slow graphics when drawing the maze too.
29%
Mutant Monty (Amsoft/Artic)
Lots of testing screens. The inertia on Monty is a little odd at first but with practice it allows you to nip into some tight corners.
60%
Hunchback (Ocean)
The graphics and sound are simple, although there's a compulsive urge to get just one more screen further.
49%
Minder (DK'Tronics/Thames TV)
Good atmosphere and humour, but there's nothing to it apart from trading and conversations can scroll by too fast!
78%
Spannerman (Amsoft/Gem)
Only a one-screen game and you can't actually "win" it.
43%
Traffic (Amsoft/Andromeda)
An original and interesting game idea. Car movement and sound effects are good.
46%
Haunted Hedges (Micromega)
Pacman has always been addictive. Here, we have increasing difficulty but poor graphics and animation.
43%
Quack A Jack (Amsoft)
Fast thinking and planning needed... Note: You can only move rows and not columns of the floor.
67%
Jammin' (Taskset)
Fantastic music with many different tunes although the colours and gameplay may not appeal to all.
72%
Binky (Software Projects)
Colourful graphics, plus clever screen layouts and enemies. However, it's frustratingly easy to run off the edge of the floor.
60%
Roland On The Run (Amsoft)
An excellent hi-res colour display, immediately offset by boring, repetitive gameplay.
29%
Splat! (Amsoft)
Original idea and gameplay, although graphics and sound are simple. When you lose a life, you always have to start from square one.
63%
Catastrophes (Mirrorsoft)
This is a nice idea for a game but the gameplay is repetitive.
66%
Fruity Frank (Kuma)
Fast and addictive action, plus an excellent variety of tunes. Slick graphics including 'wallpaper' backgrounds.
82%
Electro Freddy (Amsoft/Soft Spot)
There's some nice humour behind the game and Frantic action is demanded - you'll have to act fast!
57%
Punchy (Amsoft)
Colourful graphics... Addictively frustrating gameplay as you try to get one screen further... Better than the original!
55%
Oh Mummy (Amsoft)
Fast reaction gameplay on higher levels of game... Pleasant Egyptian music.
48%
The Key Factor (Amsoft)
Colourful graphics... Fast thinking and fingers needed. Interest won't last long.
28%
Codename Mat (Micromega)
Tactics are required, as well as fast blast action. The 3D graphics however aren't that good.
71%
3D Invaders (Amsoft/Quark Data)
Well, it's slow. it's old, it's unoriginal, the graphics are poor and the sound is terrible. Hmmm, nice cassette cover!
20%
Space Hawks (Amsoft/Durell)
Challenging blasting against hordes of enemies.
49%
Laserwarp (Amsoft/Mikro-Gen)
Smooth colourful graphics, and some really tough waves with interesting patterns.
64%
The Prize (Amsoft)
Colourful and difficult... But blasting robots can get tedious. Original it is not.
56%
3D Starstrike (Realtime Games)
Compulsive shoot-'em-up action, with fast, colourful vector graphics.
86%
Moon Buggy (Anirog)
Smooth scrolling, and fast reactions are needed... Those tough zones are hard to get past.
67%
Bridge (Kuma)
Provides much of the tactical skill of bridge and you actually play against the computer - it's not just a card controller for four players.
67%
Animated Strip Poker (Knightsoft)
It plays reasonable poker but it's appallingly sexist. And once you've seen it once, not much incentive to play again.
52%
Masterchess (Mikro-Gen)
You can load and save games, there's an opening book of 6,000 moves and reaction time can be varied for quick easy games, or long tough ones.
60%
Cubit (Amsoft/Mr. Micro)
3D Noughts and Crosses... An absorbing mental challenge and a formidable computer opponent.
51%
Roland Goes Square Bashing (Amsoft)
The bad 3D makes this a matter of trial and error rather than intelligence.
30%
Xanagrams (Amsoft/Postern)
A fairly simple game that you may tire of. Early guesses of letters are pure luck - a clue would make things more interesting.
33%
Gatecrasher (Amsoft)
A simple game that requires some brainwork. Nice animation on the barrel roller.
45%
Manic Miner (Amsoft)
Addictive platform action with smooth graphics and animation in pleasant four colour mode.
64%
Chuckie Egg (A 'n F)
Some well-designed screens with tough egg positioning, plus addictive gameplay that it easy to get used to but tough to master.
78%
Sir Lancelot (Melbourne House)
Addictive platform action. You can also access any of the 24 screens.
64%
Mr. Wong's Loopy Laundry (Amsoft)
A careful eye and fast action required to avoid getting trapped. It's a simple task that becomes repetitive.
52%
The Scout Steps Out (Amsoft)
An interesting platform variant with distinctive and attractive screens and animation.
77%
Short's Fuse (Firebird)
Good reactions and fast movement needed, but little use of colour and frustrating gameplay.
62%
Ghouls (Micro Power)
Extremely tough screens... Good sound effects... Extremely frustrating.
66%
Johnny Reb (Lothlorien)
A war of attrition rather than tactical skills.
62%
Redcoats (Lothlorien)
One of the easier war games to play... The graphics aren't very good.
45%
Special Operations (Lothlorien)
This game presents a novel idea of skill use and game objectives. But there's too much emphasis on fighting patrols rather than thinking.
65%
Battle For Midway (PSS)
Quick thinking and command needed... The Japanese are slightly too predictable.
59%
War Zone (Cases)
Long tactical battles are possible. The computer's turn can leave you with long periods with nothing to do.
57%
Flight Path 737 (Anirog)
Calls for perfection in your flying. Which is odd in a game where the screen update is slow and the horizon doesn't tilt!
47%
Myrddin Flight Simulator (Myrddin)
Once you've sussed landing and seen the objects it may pall.
58%
Combat Lynx (Durell)
Brilliant 3D graphics plus a terrific range of options and details. But it might be a bit too complicated to start with.
92%
Hunter Killer (Amsoft/Protek)
This is not an easy game, but it is rewarding if you sink something... There's also plenty to do as you control the sub.
47%
Jump Jet (Anirog)
Good instrumentation and graphic displays... Difficult missions calling for precision flying.
59%
Jet Set Willy (Software Projects)
Unlike owners of other machines, we don't have the annoyance of two "versions" of what is a classic game - just one great game!
85%
Killer Gorilla/Gauntlet (Micro Power)
Both games test your reflexes to the utmost and as a package represent great value for money.
85%
Airwolf (Amsoft)
You won't get very far to begin with, but you'll probably be back for more.
78%
Dun Darach (Gargoyle Games)
Brilliant animation of all characters... There is even a little rat that scurries around!
90%
Confuzion (Incentive)
Frantic, brain-teasing action coupled with Refreshingly different gameplay. There are lots of levels and complex problems.
74%

Contents:The Line-Up, -
Articles:Ed-Lines, -
 :Talking Amstrad, -
 :Battle Of The Light Pens, -
 :The Amsoft Power-Sell, -
 :The Pilgrim, -
 :Cheat Mode, -
 :Amsyclopedia, -
Maps:Dun Darach Map, Trevor Gilham