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The Life of Harry

The life of an explorer/treasure hunter can be a tough one, apparently – I have no first hand experience you understand apart from exploring my own nose caverns, but if The Life of Harry (the bravest explorer the world has ever known) is anything to go by there are a fair few terrors you will face as you traverse around the world’s secret places and they go a little as follows:

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Ian's Night Out

Has all that can be said about this style of game been said or can we dredge something new from their wrecks at the bottom of our memories? Well probably not but I’ll have a crack at a decent, if not profoundly original, review none the less…

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The Archaeologist

Another ZX Speccy platform game in the mould of Jet Set Willy, however this time there is obviously an archaeological adventure theme…

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Demon Slayer (Specimen 3)

Demons Slayer may sound like the territory of a knuckle dragging barbarian warrior and a ton of typical wizards, dragons and other such fantasy archetypes, but no this is another game featuring Blob the Blob and it’s seems to be his last outing…

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Specimen II: The apple Quest

Blob is back, baby, and this time he’s out to collect eight apples at the behest of his master Liggs Kragvarda! Again the controls are simple and not much has changed since Blob the Blobs last outing…

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Specimen

Blob the blob was a character who featured in a few games by Andy Remic, his games where often featured on the front of magazines such as Crash and Sinclair User and as far as I can make out he used to run a mail order company selling his games under name of Psychedelic Hedgehog…

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Fridge Frenzy

One of my favourite games from Bug Byte (along with Manic Miner of course) was Fridge Frenzy, this game is class…

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Pyramania

Pyramania was the game that Harry Price ‘took inspiration from’ to give us one of my favourite platform games of the time: Odd Job Eddie…

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Dusty Droid and the Garbage Gobblers

I’ve been saving this review of Dusty Droid and the Garbage Gobblers for a rainy day, A little known game by one of the demigods of ripped off platform games, Harry Price…

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Rocket Man Mike

Rocket Man Mike: an odd title that plays like a cross between Caves of Doom and Mutant Monty…

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The Caves Of Doom

In Caves of Doom you play a little space chap/astronaut who has been captured by the lord of darkness and thrown into the caves mentioned in the title…

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I Aint Got Nobody

Being a fan of all things spooky and Manic Miner-esque you’d think that a game such as the quirky ‘I Ain’t Got Nobody’ by Harry ‘Odd Job Eddie’ Price would be the complete package for a creepy monkey like me…

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Colin the Cleaner

I sort of like Harry Price simply because he was behind Odd Job Eddie, but for me this is just another one of his massive, ripped off, failures (this time nabbed from Ralph on Alpha 2)…

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Olli and Lissa III: The Candlelight Adventure

Olli and Lisa 3: The Candlelight Adventure is perhaps, at least story wise, the least inventive of the series, not to mention the last! NOOOO! This time round Olli’s car has been disassembled by the horrid little monsters that inhabit Shilmoore Castle…

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Oddjob Eddie

Odd job Eddie is apparent the king of DIY according to the instructional thread that runs across the bottom of the title screen…

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Olli & Lissa: Halloween

Olli and Lissa II: Halloween is another platformer/collect-‘em-up only this time a cooking accident has messed up the castle and you take control of a little witch, a friend of Olli, Lissa and Sir Humphrey’s, who must fly around on her broomstick and put all the items back in their place in time for Olli and Lisa to make it to some Halloween celebrations…

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Technician Ted: The Megamix

Technician Ted was tough enough to cause a lot of whining, so doubling the size of the original game was never going to do anything to silence these cries for help, but in an act of kindness the makers decided to number and, hence, put in order the tasks that poor old Ted must perform, which admittedly only helped slightly, but it did help…

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Bugaboo

Back in 1983 the choice of Spectrum games was pretty limited, but one that stood out for me was this game – Bugaboo! Written by two (probably) Spanish waiters (Paco & Paco) and it shows, with the game premise seeming somehow European…

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Nifty Lifty

Back in medieval times (the mid to late 80s) , my mate and I were the luckiest kids on the whole scheme because we owned ZX Spectrums replete with a copy of Nifty Lifty each…

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Space Harrier

It would've been interesting to be a fly on the wall when coder Keith Burkhill decided to accept the challenge of squeezing a several thousand pound coin-op into a 48K home computer with attribute problems…

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3 Weeks in Paradise

I’ve always loved the Wally Week games (Automania and Pyjamarama in particular) for their sense of humour and fantastic chunky graphics, which are almost miraculous considering the Spectrums well known limitations in that area…

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Equinox

 Mikro Gen were already an established 8-bit software publisher before Equinox was coded…

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Juggernaut

‘I’ve got a great big Convoy… a convoy coming your way!’

Lorries were great in the 80’s…

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Starstrike II

 Starstrike II was the much anticipated sequel to 3D Starstrike, itself heavily based on the Star Wars coin-op…

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Hydrofool

 By the time Hydrofool was released, 8-bit gamers had seen more of their fare share of isometric action…

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Bobby Bearing

 If you were a Marble Madness fan & owned an 8-bit computer then the 1980's were a happy period indeed…

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Battle of the Planets

As a child I loved Battle of the Planets, it had everything… robots that looked like R2D2, a spaceship that could turn into a flaming weapon (Fiery Phoenix), some cool and hip teenagers, who flew spaceships around and wore spandex bird costumes…

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Heavy on the Magick

 If like me, you were weaned on the Fighting Fantasy game book series by Ian Livingston & Steve Jackson, you'll be no stranger to skill/stamina points…

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Lightforce

 If you're a regular visitor to Seadog74's profile on the Retrogamer site, you'll notice a review of a CPC shooter called Lightforce…

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Pyracurse

 If you possess the July 1986 issue of Computer & Videogames magazine, you'll notice three characters staring back through a hole in the wall on it's front cover…

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Fighting Warrior

In my eyes at the time, i thought of Fighting Warrior as a sequel to the incredible Way Of The Exploding Fist

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Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back

 Ever bought one of those games which you really wanted to love but just couldn't?

Back in 1986, Palace Software released a sequel to the popular title called Cauldron, which featured a witch's quest to defeat the evil Pumpkin King…

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