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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
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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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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1000 Bornes

(French)

(Free Game Blot, 1985)

Mille Bornes is a card game that originated in France and was originally released in 1954. The aim is to be the first player to cover exactly 700km, and in this officially licensed computer adaptation, you play five rounds against the computer. Before you can cover any distance, you must play a Roll card (a green traffic light), then you can play distance cards. You can stop your opponent in his tracks by playing one of four types of hazard card, but this can be counteracted by the use of the corresponding remedy or safety card. However you’ll then need to play another Roll card before you can restart your journey. The full rules are too long to explain here, and unfortunately the program assumes you know how to play the game, but if you do, you’ll find that it’s a fairly decent version of the card game.

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Le Millionnaire

(French)

(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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Minder

(DK'Tronics, 1985)

Reviewed by Robert Small

The easiest thing do to with a licensed game is to turn it into a platform game or some other recognisable genre, but DK’Tronics haven’t done that. To their credit, they have taken a TV show about wheeling and dealing and created a trading game. Is this an Arthur Daley con on the CPC or a good deal? Graphically we are in Spectrum territory, but having said that, the graphics have some nice little touches, such as the animated mouths on the characters. The theme tune from the TV series is there as well. If you’re not familiar with it, you will be by the time you’re finished, as it’s ever-present. You can visit multiple locations, meeting many characters who you can try to sell to or purchase from while avoiding the law. Waiting for said characters to show up is a pain but it’s part and parcel of simulating the world of Minder. No con then, but not the deal of the century either.

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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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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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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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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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