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Page 5: Beach Buggy Simulator - Beverly Hills Cop
Page 6: Beyond the Ice Palace - Billy the Kid
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Page 8: Black Magic - Blockbusters (TV Games)
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Page 11: Bomb Jack II - Bouldeur
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Page 14: Bubble Ghost - Bully's Sporting Darts
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BAT

(Ubi Soft, 1991)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

You play the role of an agent of BAT on a vital mission to apprehend some dangerous escaped criminals. The city of Terrapolis on the planet of Selenia is known for hosting some of the most dangerous killers in the universe. There you must search for the criminals by exploring and using your bargaining or ruthlessness with the people that live there. Be careful and trust no one – not even the police. An immense game in size and scope, the stunning graphics will have you mesmerised and it is not an exaggeration to say that this is an 8-bit graphical masterpiece. The game is played by using a point-and-click interface, and while it may sound boring, it's rather practical and is extremely easy to use, allowing you to explore and have a real sense of adventure. You will become hooked on this amazing game.

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Batman

(Ocean, 1986)

Robin has been kidnapped, and to rescue him, Batman has to find seven pieces of the Batmobile which have gone missing in his lair, which is very big indeed. First, though, you're going to need to find four other items which improve your agility; when you find them, you can then explore other parts of the lair. Each room is viewed from an isometric perspective, and the graphics are very detailed, although some rooms have awful colour schemes! The sound isn't particularly good, though, but the game is quite a challenge, and you're going to need all of the eight lives you start with. Thankfully, you can collect icons which let you save your current status and location to memory (although unfortunately not to cassette or disc).

See also: Batman the Caped Crusader, Batman: The Movie.

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The Joker and the Penguin have kidnapped poor Robin again, and Batman has to complete two missions, entitled 'A Bird in the Hand' and 'A Fete Worse Than Death' – so you really get two games for your money! The playing area is viewed in the style of a comic strip, showing one frame at a time, and it's quite smart. Some frames have captions as well, giving you strong hints as to which object you need to use. The icon system is wonderful to work with, Batman is very well animated, and the graphics, while a little dull, are still detailed – and one of the tunes is incredibly groovy!

See also: Batman, Batman: The Movie.

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Screenshot taken from cartridge version of game

Batman: The Movie

(Ocean, 1989)

Batman's nemesis, the Joker, is up to his evil tricks again. You must chase the Joker through Gotham City, in five levels of platforming and driving action. The game starts with you chasing Jack Napier through a chemical factory and cornering him so that he falls into a vat and becomes the Joker. You must then escape in the Batmobile to the Batcave and discover which objects contain the Joker's deadly chemical, Smilex. Once that's done, you go back on to the streets, and finally, pursue the Joker to Gotham Cathedral. The graphics and music are both up to Ocean's high standards, although the second level is infuriatingly difficult; I've never been able to pass it without cheating. With regard to the cartridge version, the choice of colours is a lot better, but nothing else is different.

See also: Batman, Batman the Caped Crusader.

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Battle Beyond the Stars

(Solar Software, 1985)

This is another Galaxian clone, but it's really fast. Each level has five waves, and you can choose to start on any of levels 1 to 5. Each wave of aliens moves differently, and you'll need to learn their moves in order to destroy all of them. You'll also need exceptionally quick reflexes to dodge the missiles that the aliens fire at you. Although the graphics and sound effects may be rather basic, and the gameplay is totally unoriginal, it is extremely intense; if you can survive for more than a few minutes, you're doing well.

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Battle of the Planets

(Mikro-Gen, 1986)

Zoltar has declared war on the entire universe, and you have to defend five planets against his fleet of spaceships. Take out a few of them, then head towards the planet's surface where more spaceships can be shot and you can get a chance to refuel and repair your shields. Once that's been accomplished, it's time to take off and hyperspace to another planet, before Zoltar's cohorts kill all life on any of the other planets. It's not the most interesting game – it's just the same old blasting and planet-hopping all the time.

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Battle Ships

(Hit Pak, 1987)

It was such fun playing battleships with your mates at school, using only a pen and paper! So why would you want to play it with a friend on a computer? Granted, you get to watch a nice sequence showing your ship firing at your enemy's ships and watching them burst into flames if you hit them, but can you really trust your friend not to look at the monitor while you position your ships? You can still play against the computer, though, and this is probably your best bet – and keep the salvo fire option on, otherwise you'll only get four shots a turn and games will drag on for ages.

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Battle Valley

(Rack It, 1988)

Terrorists have seized some missiles and threatened to destroy the world. The US government has decided to send tanks and helicopters into Battle Valley, where the terrorists' six bases are located. The tanks are used to destroy cannons, rocket launchers and missile tracking stations, but some of the bridges are damaged and you'll need to use the helicopter to collect pontoons and winch them on to the bridge. The graphics and music are impressive, but the controls are awkward; to turn around, you have to press the fire button twice quickly, and to go faster, you must also press fire twice quickly and the direction you're moving in. Anyway, it's a rather tedious game, because the scenery doesn't change and a lot of time is spent driving back and forth between bases.

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Batty

(Hit Pak, 1987)

It's another Breakout clone, and it's certainly not the best of the bunch. While the graphics are reasonable, there are next to no sound effects. What really annoyed me, however, was the size of the bat; it's too small, and it moves rather slowly so that you can't reach the ball in time. Each level also has an alien that fires large bullets which always seem to get in your way. All of this makes clearing the first wall a tough task – and why are there so many bricks that require more than one hit to clear?

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BB4CPC

(CNGSoft, 2011)

Reviewed by Missas

Bub and Bob return to the CPC after 24 years! CNGSoft delivers this great remake of a rather average coin-op conversion from 1987. To begin with, forget what you remember about the previous conversion. BB4CPC delivers vastly improved graphics (better colours and level design), the arcade music, and most importantly, coin-op perfect gameplay. This means that the gameplay and grab factor are now very high and that the disadvantages of the previous version (bad collision detection, drab colours and very few sound effects) are no longer present. Retro lovers should love BB4CPC and will certainly have a great time with it!

See also: Bubble Bobble.

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