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Killer Ring

(Reaktör, 1987)

I'm sure I've seen this one before... oh, I know! It's a Galaxian clone, isn't it? The only new thing that has been added are that if you play on the difficult mode, there's a force field that scrolls vertically and prevents you from shooting through it. There are only six waves of aliens before you face the Supreme Starfighter, who you must kill by first blasting through his spaceship, and then aiming at his heart. After that, the game restarts. The graphics do their job and the music is pretty good, but it's too easy.

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Kinetik

(Firebird, 1987)

Here's a most unusual game in which you explore a landscape of more than 40 screens in your spherical ship, trying to find three different objects. The reason why it's unusual is that there are all sorts of strange gravitational effects which make your ship very tricky to control; each screen has a different effect and you'll need to work out how to battle against the effect. When you have collected the three objects in the right order, normal gravity will be restored. The graphics are rather Spectrum-like, although some clever tricks allow more than the usual number of colours on the screen at the same time. However, I found that controlling the ship was just too frustrating to make the game enjoyable.

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Kingdom of Speldome

(Tynesoft/Artic Computing)

You are Prince Falstaff, and you have been tasked with retrieving the Sword of Battles. However, that is only the beginning of your mission, and you will need to travel through the Kingdom of Speldome (also spelt Spelldome), search for other objects, and give them to the beings who are looking for them. That's really all there is to this text adventure, which was created using GAC. If you encounter someone and you have the correct item, it is taken from you and you can continue; if you don't have it, you will be killed and the game ends. There are pictures to accompany the majority of locations, which are fairly good by the standards of GAC, but there isn't much variety in the locations, and the lack of any puzzles worthy of the name means that it's really only suitable for people who have little experience of playing text adventures.

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Kitsune's Curse

(Juan José Martínez, 2020)

The talisman known as the Golden Tail has been stolen by the Yiga clan and taken to Akasaka Castle. Kitsune, who had previously managed to restore the Golden Tail, must travel to the castle and use his magical powers to explore forests and caves and evade various animals, spirits and Yiga clan members. Kitsune can become both invisible and invulnerable for very short periods of time, and run and jump much faster during these periods. The graphics are colourful and of the high standard of the author's previous games, and the music is pleasant to listen to as well. However it can sometimes be frustratingly difficult to jump across lakes, spikes and wide gaps using Kitsune's magical powers, and the gameplay relies too much on this, even in the early stages. It would have been fairer if the game offered more than three lives.

See also: Golden Tail.

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Screenshot taken from cartridge version of game

Klax

(Domark, 1990)

Here's a great puzzle game which is a cross between Tetris and Connect 4. Coloured tiles come down a conveyor belt into a hole where you must create rows or columns of the same colour, which are called Klaxes. On each level, you'll be given a certain number of Klaxes or diagonals to make in order to complete the level. This is a stunning and original game with excellent graphics and two nice (but short) tunes, although it's pretty difficult. By the way, the cartridge version is exactly the same as the normal one, and makes hardly any use of the Plus' extra facilities.

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Knight Force

(Titus, 1989)

If there was ever a game that demonstrated the phrase "gameplay is more important than graphics", this would be it. The sorceror Red Sabbath has cloned himself over four time zones, and as the knight Fair Storm, you have to destroy all of the clones. Each of these zones only has four screens, which isn't very much at all. Correspondingly, the game is made very difficult indeed – you have to kill the enemies in each zone in exactly the right way before they die, and there are other traps which can kill you instantly. It is worth looking at just for the loading screens and the graphics (which are some of the best ever seen on a CPC), but there's not much of an actual game in there.

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Knight Games

(English Software, 1986)

Billed as "a glorious feast of mediaeval combat", this game consists of eight combat events, in which you try to defeat your armoured opponent with various types of weapon, and two shooting events, in which you fire either arrows or crossbow bolts at moving targets. However, this is a disappointing game overall. While the graphics, animation and music are all of a high standard, and the shooting events are quite enjoyable, the combat events are not. Your opponent can be defeated easily by using one move repeatedly, and it takes ages, and literally hundreds of blows, to defeat him – even when you select the 'short' time limit. As a result, the game soon becomes boring and there's no incentive to want to play it again.

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Knight Ghost

(Juliet Software, 1987)

Reviewed by John Beckett

In this strange little Spanish game, you take the role of a podgy little man with a permanent grin, and must explore a spooky old castle, gathering the tools needed to free your friend – a ghost – who has been trussed up in a cage (why doesn't he just float through the bars?) Of course, like virtually all Spanish games, the difficulty is cranked sky-high. The castle is a maze of epic proportions, with all the rooms very similar in appearance, and although enemies are fairly few and far between, and you can collect talismans to destroy them, you'll soon run out and have to resort to jumping over them – an action requiring supreme precision. And on top of all that, the graphics and sound are very bad as well.

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Knight Lore

(Ultimate Play the Game, 1985)

Reviewed by Chris Lennard

Infected by the jungle wolf from his adventures in Sabre Wulf, Sabreman makes his way to castle Knightlore in order to find the great wizard Melkhior to cure him of the curse of the werewolf. However, the mage does not grant an audience easily and has surrounded himself with numerous guardians for protection, and a labyrinth of traps and tests all around to prevent all but the most persistent of unwanted guests from reaching him. Your goal is to find the potion within the timespan of 40 days and nights or you will remain a werewolf forever. Superb puzzle game with your character's midnight-changing shenanigans being particularly amusing!

See also: Sabre Wulf.

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Knightmare

(Activision, 1987)

The TV series this game was based on was brilliant – a young adventurer has to go through three levels of a dungeon, solving puzzles and avoiding traps along the way, aided by three of his friends. The aim of this game is slightly similar and retains some features of the TV series; you have to defeat the dragon lurking somewhere in the dungeons, and must enlist the help of the oracles and Treguard the dungeon master. The graphics are fairly basic but aren't bad, but there are very few sound effects and even these aren't good. It's not a bad game, actually, although the hardest part is getting out of the first two rooms!

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