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Games - ZX Spectrum - Reviewed by: Vagabond (16 result(s))

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Avalon

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Hewson Consultants 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

The Dark Ages are closing in. You are a wandering lore-seeker in 5th century Britain. Oh look, you've been given a magical staff and a map, and for some wild reason you must now travel to Isle of Glass (Avalon?). There at the foot of the Glass Hill you shall dispatch your soul undeground into dismal dungeons to remotely locate and banish Avelach the Lord of Chaos, who according to this old witch's prophecy shall soon bring down terrible calamities and the end of the world as we know it. Firstly, though, you must overcome his perplexing maze and its ghastly denizens to prove yourself a skilled sorcerer and a worthy opponent...


Casanova

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Iber Soft 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

If I had to describe this game with just one word it would be simply "AAARGH!". But later to that. Ahem. Thou art Casanova, the infamous venetian dandy and the legendary playboy of XVIII century. Who knows him not? Alas, in this adventure thou art not to seduce and conquer more and more damsels despite thy highest expectations, but rather tend to the consequences of thy many practical jokes, knavery, heresy and fornication. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Tonight is the night that thou flee from Venice and avoid contact with some of thy old "friends", vexed customers and besotted wives.


Fairlight: A Prelude

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The Edge 1985
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

Dark forces came upon once happy and prosperous Land of Fairlight! You, a brave and daring adventurer named Isvar have been summoned into the castle, which was once controlled by benevolent King Avars, but is now empty of its former household and filled with foul entities. Turns out the king has been long banished (and probably dead). But the rumors have it there's still one member of the royal family left in the castle, Segar the Sorcerer, whose days are countless, for his knowledge and skills have granted him immortal life, but he is now imprisoned deep within the compound. Your task is to find and set him free, for only he can bring the light and felicity back to the land and restore its former order.


Fighting Warrior

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Melbourne House 1985
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

Princess Thaya has been kidnapped (doh, give me a break!) by the evil Pharaoh and it's your job to save her. Seriously now, how about you save a puppy or a grandma for a change?! Anyway, your champ is a master stick fighter (kendo?!) and as per hackneyed tradition you must walk a few meters to arrive at Pharaoh's temple where he is planning to sacrifice the princess to gods by burying her alive and en route fight various humanoid creatures summoned by the Pharaoh to hamper you.


Flunky

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Piranha 1987
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

In this game you assume the role of a servant who was bold enough to apply for a job in Buckingham Palace, to serve each member of the royal family, and is willing to please them in every way, just to get their… autographs?! Well ain't that crafty. They don't call you Mad Flunky for nothing! But beware, they do not tolerate indolence and miscarriage. They expect you to be clever and resourceful, otherwise what the hell are you doing in the palace?! Remember, this isn't your grandma's house, and perhaps your own life is at stake! But if you play your cards right and show the best of your wits and dexterity, you may get to receive orders from The Queen herself!


Gunfright

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Ultimate Play The Game 1985
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

Howdy doody, pardner! Feel like serving the law and shootin' fer good reason? Well then, you came to the right place! Welcome to Black Rock and let's get the business started today! Congratulations, you're now the sheriff Quickdraw, and your task is to clean this old western town of armed villains compromising peace and safety of its citizens. Yep, that's right, it's Gunfright from Ultimate Play The Game, one of the most noted and commonly played games on ZX-Spectrum, where in capacity as town's sheriff you must alone fight the criminal world and put an end to it once and for all.


Heavy on the Magick

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Gargoyle Games, Ltd 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

You are a young apprentice of magical arts named Axil, who was foolish enough to insult a greater mage - Master Therion, who in a fit of rage has teleported you in a sinister dungeon full of all kinds of creatures, both living and undead. Sort of. Your primary task is to... GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! Oh well, now you're encouraged to stay calm and patient, 'cause there's a lot of weird stuff waiting ahead, including a great many puzzles and traps. Your only means to survive and escape this place is your mind and magical skills. A fabulous and mind-busting adventure!


Lazy Jones

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Terminal Software 1984
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

Ever played a computer game inside a computer game? How about a computer game inside a computer game inside... oh, what the hell. You are now Lazy Jones, a negligent hotel janitor who only wants to play video games, no more no less. But it's not always easy, as you can probably tell from your own childhood experience (if only childhood) and there is always someone or something in the way. Your mission as of now is to visit every room in this hotel and play all the games you can find in there without getting caught slacking.


Movie

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Imagine 1986
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

New York. Late afternoon. You were relaxing in your office muffled in clouds of tranquilizing smoke issuing from your cigar, your feet resting on that tiny spot of your desk luckily unoccupied by exorbitant piles of inconclusive evidence and other 3rd rate material you would never tend to, and enjoying in quiet solitary bliss what little was left of your coffee break... suddenly the blower went insane disrupting your sweet oblivion. "Detective X speaking", "X, we have received information regarding an audio tape finally proving the local mobster guilty of smuggling, blackmail and 1st degree murder. Hit the road on the double and locate the girl calling us - she knows where the tape is stashed and will take you to the mob's headquarters. Be careful though, the place is heavily guarded!", "Roger". Ok, bub, time to slip into your trenchcoat and show us some good MOVIE. Lights, Camera, Action!


Myth: History in the Making

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System 3 Software Ltd 1989
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

A magical journey through time would be the theme of this yet another great game, and particularly its ZX-Spectrum version. You, a brave lad with adventurous spirit embark on a mission to fly back in time and change the course of history which was maliciously altered by an entity called Dameron, solve all the puzzles, defeat the dark gods, who prevailed with help of Dameron in the alternative past, and finally face the demon himself in a vicious battle, which must ultimately determine the fate of mankind and the entire Universe!



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