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Page 1: Macadam Bumper – Magicland Dizzy
Page 2: Mag Max – Manic Miner
Page 3: Le Manoir de Mortevielle – La Marque Jaune
Page 4: Marsport – Match Day
Page 5: Matchday II – Megablasters: Escape from Castle in the Clouds
Page 6: Mega-Bucks – Metal Army
Page 7: Metalyx – Miami Vice
Page 8: Mickey Mouse – Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz
Page 9: Mike the Guitar – Mindtrap
Page 10: Miss Input – Mr Heli
Page 11: Mr Pingo – Monte Carlo Casino
Page 12: Monty on the Run – The Moors Challenge
Page 13: More Than a Prison – Motos
Page 14: Mountain Bike Racer – The Munsters
Page 15: Murder Off Miami – Mystical
Page 16: Myth: History in the Making – Mythos
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Mega-Bucks

(Firebird, 1986)

Professor Maxibillion III has passed away, and his American nephew Rock Carrington is set to inherit $1 billion – but he won’t see one cent of it unless he solves a lot of puzzles and finds all the pieces of the professor’s will. This graphic adventure starts with Rock standing outside the professor’s mansion. There are many objects to be found, and a system of windows and icons is used to pick them up, drop them and use them. Although the graphics and sound effects are nothing special, the adventure is very easy to get into once you’ve deactivated the mansion’s alarm system; fortunately, the Professor has left a notebook containing lots of subtle clues. It’s not the most taxing of adventures, but it is a lot of fun to play.

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Meganova

(Dinamic, 1988)

I’m afraid I don’t know what the story behind this one is, but I’m sure there’s an evil alien baddie who’s going to take over the galaxy in there somewhere. It’s a standard horizontally scrolling shoot-’em-up, but despite the pretty good graphics and a sweet tune on the menu screen, the game is very difficult; I cannot get past the first level. The playing area is too small, and there are so many alien formations that it’s easy to forget what’s coming next. There are also a lot of other obstacles which get in your way.

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Megaphoenix

(Dinamic, 1991)

This is a Galaxian clone that really isn’t very good at all. The aliens that you’ll meet include bog-standard spaceships and eggs that mutate into bat-like creatures, and by the fifth wave, you come face to face with the Megaphoenix itself – and it’s rather nasty. The graphics are impressive and the techno music is quite marvellous, but getting past the first two waves seems to be a matter of luck, which isn’t fair. The shield you get is nearly useless, too.

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Megawar

(Genesis Software, 1990)

Get into a spaceship and blast lots of aliens in a quest to save the whole galaxy. This is a standard vertically scrolling space shoot-’em-up – nothing that you haven’t seen before. It’s a matter of learning the formations and how best to deal with them, as well as the much larger aliens at the end of each level. The graphics are marvellous, although the music and sound effects aren’t so impressive. As shoot-’em-ups go, it’s not that bad, although there are only four levels, and power-ups are few and far between.

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Meltdown

(Alligata, 1986)

Reviewed by Piero Serra

In Meltdown, you must make your way through the offices of a lunar reactor building, shooting robot workers and solving puzzles, before heading to the core to prevent a nuclear meltdown using an RMV (remote manipulation vehicle). This is an isometric exploration game, but you must frequently log on to computer terminals scattered throughout the building, to play puzzle games against a rogue computer system. Winning these games gives you letters of passwords to the next floor, a bit like an isometric Impossible Mission. The graphics are blocky but quite stylish, and there’s some excellent music and speech. The gameplay is varied and later levels involve complex tests, including remote vehicle programming, but with only one life the challenge seems overwhelming.

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Mercenary

(Novagen, 1987)

Reviewed by Robert Small

Can you escape the planet Targ, which is in the midst of a civil war? You won’t have to do it alone, at least, as you have a friendly AI called Benson to help you. Explore on foot, pilot craft, take on missions to earn money, and shoot unfriendly forces – all in a day’s work for a mercenary, and all essential if you’re going to get off Targ. Mercenary combines adventure, shoot-’em-up and strategy alongside some nice vector graphics. It’s a smooth experience with good controls. There’s plenty to do and the game even has a sense of humour. It’s a shame the CPC never saw any of the sequels, but a one-off visit to Targ is one offer I’d suggest you take.

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Mercs

(US Gold, 1991)

A former US president has been kidnapped while touring central Africa, but instead of sending in an army, the American government has chosen an elite group of mercenaries headed by yourself to rescue him. You must shoot and blast your way through eight levels of non-stop mayhem as soldiers fire at you from all sides. It’s a fairly standard shoot-’em-up, but a rather good one. There are lots of weapons to be collected, and there’s a good variety of end-of-level opponents to be blown apart as well. The graphics are clear and colourful, the music is OK (but not brilliant), and the difficulty level is just about perfectly set. This is a game that is well worth checking out.

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Merlin

(Bretagne Edit' Presse, 1987)

Reviewed by Pug

In Merlin, you are tasked with collecting all the sacred objects that have been scattered among various screens. Each screen is essentially a small, maze-like layout that contains a few of these items. The solitary guardian found on each screen that chases you can pass through all matter – very frustrating at times. There are no weapons or spells to combat this threat, and frustration will gradually increase. The graphics are colourful, but the two sprites on screen do have a wooden look when moving around. This game is a very poor rip-off of Sorcery that looks and feels like a type-in listing.

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Mermaid Madness

(Electric Dreams, 1986)

Myrtle isn’t a typical gorgeous, sexy mermaid; she’s tubby and overweight, and she has seen Gormless Gordon the diver. Unfortunately for Myrtle, Gordon doesn’t want to marry her and runs into the sea, with Myrtle chasing him. However, Gordon becomes stuck underwater and as Myrtle, you only have a short time to find him and rescue him. This is an arcade adventure where you collect objects and use them to access other areas of the map. While the graphics are great and have a nice cartoon feel, and the music is also atmospheric, the gameplay is frustrating – Myrtle can be difficult to control, and it’s far too easy to get stuck together with one of the many sea creatures and lose a lot of your energy.

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Metal Army

(Players, 1988)

General Ironside and his Metal Army have infiltrated Slough nuclear power station, planted a bomb in it, and threatened to blow it up. As Harry Chainsaw (nice name), you have to deactivate the bomb, but the Metal Army are going to make this rather difficult for you, and because they’ve wrecked some parts of the station, you also have to dodge the leaks of toxic coolant gas. You’ll need to collect the green cards which are lying about in order to open some doors, including the ones to the room where the bomb is stored. It’s standard platform fare, and frustrating as well; although you have nine lives, they are quickly lost, and getting out of the first room takes some practice. The graphics are colourful, but it’s a shame that the game is so difficult.

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