Page 1: Macadam Bumper - Mambo
Page 2: Manchester United - Marble Madness Construction Set
Page 3: Mariano the Dragon in Capers in Cityland - Masters of the Universe
Page 4: Mata Hari - Mega Apocalypse
Page 5: Megablasters - Metal Army
Page 6: Metalyx - Miami Vice
Page 7: Mickey Mouse - Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz
Page 8: Mike the Guitar - Mission
Page 9: Mission Elevator - Mr. Weems and the She Vampires
Page 10: Mr. Wong's Loopy Laundry - Monument
Page 11: Moon Blaster - Moto Cross Simulator
Page 12: Moto Driver - Multi-Player Soccer Manager
Page 13: Munch-It - Le Mystère de Kikekankoi
Page 14: Mystery of the Indus Valleys - Mythos
Screenshot of Mike the Guitar

Mike the Guitar

(Sebastian Braunert/Uwe Geiken, 2018)

Reviewed by Missas

Mike the Guitar is an old-fashioned platform game where you control Mike, a guitar that has to collect eight plectrums. The whole scenery takes place on a musical sheet. It is a rather basic but nevertheless amusing little game that will transport you into the pre-1985 gaming era. There are no levels and everything is basic, from the graphics to the gameplay. It is not the easiest game, though, but it definitely offers the player some enjoyable time. I found it quite amusing and I also liked the concept. Overall, it is an original idea that deserves some attention.

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Screenshot of Mikie


(Imagine, 1986)

Mikie is infatuated with a gorgeous girl in another class, but to woo her, he has to collect hearts. This means bunking off classes, so first of all, he's got to collect the hearts which his classmates are sitting on by farting next to them (yuk!) and forcing them to move to another desk, while avoiding the teacher. Subsequent levels see you in other rooms in the school collecting more hearts, before fighting off her admirers and kissing her on the cheek – awww! This was apparently the first game ever to feature semi-naked women, although the graphics aren't up to much, and neither is the game itself – getting out of the classroom is far too difficult.

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Milk Race

(Mastertronic, 1987)

The Milk Race was a 1,000-mile cycle race across England, and the last one was held in 1993. In the game, you're competing against 83 other cyclists in the 1987 event, starting in Newcastle upon Tyne and finishing in the streets of London. The competitors are spread out into groups at the start of each stage, and to qualify for the next stage, you must finish ahead of the other members of your group. It sounds like a joystick-waggling game, but thankfully it isn't; you just have to select the right speed and gears for the terrain, and there's a box at the top right of the screen which shows the gradient. You can collect milk bottles to boost your energy as well. The graphics aren't spectacular, but the music is really good. It's good while it lasts, because ultimately the game is rather easy.

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Le Millionnaire


(ERE Informatique, 1985)

Reviewed by Guillaume Chalard

You're a businessman who tries to become a millionaire. I guess that wasn't the case of the creator of this game... You first have to decide which products you want to sell, and the skill level of your opponent (you may as well play against a human player). Then, you adjust a few parameters (price, quality, etc.) and the computer will tell you how much money you've earned... and that's all! There are no pictures, except a few diagrams. It's written in BASIC and it shows. Forget this one!

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Screenshot of Mindfighter


(Abstract Concepts, 1988)

Southampton, 1988; nuclear bombs have been dropped on the UK, and China has taken control with a totalitarian régime known as The System. A boy called Robin has transported himself to this scenario while his body remains in the present, in 1987. Can he prevent this nuclear holocaust from occurring? This is an intriguing text adventure which is based on a book which also comes with the game; it's necessary to read it to understand the background to events, and what you need to do. The locations are laid out in an extremely confusing and illogical manner which will frustrate many people, and random events can occur which prevent you from making progress. Despite this, I found the game to be quite gripping, although you will need a lot of patience to play it.

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Screenshot of Mindshadow


(Activision, 1985)

Reviewed by Pug

In Mindshadow, you find yourself stranded upon a desert island with no memory of how you arrived there. Your first task is therefore to find a means of escape making use of the objects scattered around the island. Each location is accompanied by a (quickly rendered) image relative to your positon on the game map, adding an extra sense of realism to the game. Some of the scenery will change once you've solved a puzzle – a nice touch. The game also includes an interactive tutorial to help get you started. Mindshadow quickly becomes an addictive challenge, especially after you escape the island and learn more about your past.

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Screenshot of Mindstone


(The Edge, 1986)

One of the King's sons, Nemesar, has slain his mother, stolen the Mindstone and escaped with it. The King's other son, Prince Kyle, has been given the task of finding Nemesar and the Mindstone, otherwise a terrible fate will fall upon the realm. In this role-playing game, you control a team of four characters, including Prince Kyle. The graphics are very Spectrum-like and lack colour, there is no sound at all, it has all the usual generic fantasy elements – battles with a range of monsters, objects to be collected and bought, spells to be cast – and yet I found it to be quite enjoyable, although it is strongly recommended that you use direct control mode and take the time to memorise a lot of keys, as the icon-driven control mode is cumbersome to use.

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Screenshot of Mindtrap


(Mastertronic, 1989)

A brain-teasing puzzle game where you must rotate all the dice so that each of the six columns contains the corresponding dice – so the dice showing 1 go into the leftmost column, and the dice showing 6 go into the rightmost column. It's easy for the first 30 or so levels, but after that, the levels have two or more 'floors', and you'll also need to swap groups of dice between the floors. The game is mostly written in BASIC and is well known for having a million levels! Needless to say, no one is ever going to get anywhere close to that target. There's not much to say about the graphics – they don't need to be impressive for this type of game, and they certainly aren't – and the sound is awful as well.

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Miss Input

(Chupi Games, 2019)

Jonny is trapped inside a mountain, and now he must escape. This game consists of a series of single-screen levels, and as Jonny, you must work out how to reach the exit of each level, while avoiding spikes and various enemies. You have the ability to jump off walls and slide down them slowly, and power-ups can also be collected to increase your jumping distance and reverse gravity. The game was the winner of the 2019 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest. The graphics are basic and the music, if you can call it that, is terrible, although it plays very quietly so it's not a big distraction, and it can be turned off. What matters is that the game is very playable. The first few levels are easy to complete, but they quickly become a lot more challenging. Thankfully the game supplies you with infinite lives, and you'll certainly need them!

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Screenshot of Mission


(Loriciels, 1987)

The agent MALOX has stolen the secret formula for the Megatron bomb and plans to sell it to an enemy power. MALOX is located within a labyrinth of eighty rooms, and you must explore all of the rooms one by one to reach him and kill him. Each room contains a mixture of enemies and obstacles. Most of the enemies will home in on you, and the majority of them can be stunned temporarily with your laser, but some of them are invulnerable. Along the way, you can also collect helmets and body armour to improve your resistance to enemies. The rooms are viewed in an isometric perspective with beautifully detailed graphics (there are even some advertisements for Loriciels and a couple of its other games!). The sound effects are also quite good. The combination of shoot-'em-up action and puzzle elements makes this an interesting and entertaining game to play.

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