Page 1: Sabian Island - Saint and Greavsie
Page 2: St. Dragon - SAS Combat Simulator
Page 3: SAS Strike Force - Scooby Doo
Page 4: Scoop - SDI
Page 5: Seabase Delta - Sgt. Helmet Training Day 2020
Page 6: Sergeant Seymour Robotcop - Shadow Skimmer
Page 7: The Shadows of Sergoth - Sherman M4
Page 8: Shinobi - Sideral War
Page 9: Sidewalk - Sir Fred
Page 10: Sir Lancelot - Skatin' USA
Page 11: Skool Daze - Slightly Magic
Page 12: Slug - Snooker Management
Page 13: Snoopy - Software House
Page 14: Software Star - Sootland
Page 15: Sooty and Sweep - Space Ace
Page 16: Space Cowboy in Lost Planet - Space Moves (Retrobytes Productions)
Page 17: Space Moves (#CPCRetroDev) - Speedzone
Page 18: Spellbound - Spirits
Page 19: Spitfire - Sputnik
Page 20: Spy Hunter - Star Avenger
Page 21: Star Bowls - Starglider
Page 22: Starion - Star Trooper
Page 23: Star Wars - Stop-Ball
Page 24: Storm - Street Gang
Page 25: Street Gang Football - Strike Force Cobra
Page 26: Striker - Stuntman Seymour
Page 27: Sub - Sultan's Maze
Page 28: Summer Games - Super Hero
Page 29: Superkid - Super Scramble Simulator
Page 30: Super Seymour Saves the Planet - SuperTed: The Search for Spot
Page 31: Super Tripper - Survivre
Page 32: Suspended - Syntax
Screenshot of Skool Daze

Skool Daze

(Amsware Systems, 2015)

Reviewed by Missas

The legendary Skool Daze arrives on the CPC with a slight delay of only 31 years! In this original game, you take control of Eric, who must steal his report card by accomplishing various tasks. Four teachers and three pupils play a major role, while there are many other unnamed pupils wandering around. Eric must try not to be punished because of his or other students' actions. If he receives 10,000 lines, he is expelled and the game is over. This is a direct Spectrum port, so everything is faithful to the original release. What I mostly enjoyed about this game is its atmosphere and the tricks that Eric must do to achieve his objective. The sound is negligible but the grab factor is strong and the overall game is very entertaining although it clearly shows its age.

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Skull and Crossbones

(Domark, 1991)

The Evil Sorcerer has captured several beautiful women, and your mission is to rescue them and defeat the Sorcerer, who adopts various disguises throughout the eight levels of this platform game. One Eye (and Red Dog if two people are playing) must board pirate ships, explore a variety of lands, kill a lot of the Sorcerer's henchmen, and collect lots of treasure in the process. Sword fighting techniques will not take long to master, although finding the right methods for dealing with some of the tougher henchmen will be a bit more tricky. The graphics are colourful, although the music doesn't fit in well with the pirate theme – and if you only have 64K of memory, you will only hear silence! Overall, this is a fairly satisfactory game, although the scrolling is very jerky, and the controls are slightly awkward.

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(US Gold/Loriciels, 1989)

Many years ago, Skweek's planet was contaminated with a blue skweekicide by aliens. Now you're going to change all 99 continents back to their original colour – pink! Each level consists of a board of tiles, and there are all sorts of hazards – monsters, arrow tiles, ice, and crumbling tiles are just some of them, but there are also a large range of bonuses. The graphics are extremely cute, and Skweek is so small and furry! There are two tunes to select, but they're rather too cute for my liking. You can switch them off, though. All in all, this game is so amazingly excellent that there's no way you can't like it.

See also: Super Skweek, The Tiny Skweeks.

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Sky Hunter

(Ere Informatique, 1988)

The Emperor's son has been kidnapped by the ruler of a faraway planet and you have been sent to rescue him. However, the sword that symbolises his power has been broken up into six pieces. Firstly, you will need to locate and break into the ruler's lair and meet him face to face. Then you must find six rebels who hold the pieces of the sword and give them an object in exchange. In this icon-driven adventure, you explore the planet in a tank, and during your hunt you'll frequently encounter other aliens that you must shoot before you can continue. Your ammunition, shield and fuel are all limited, so it's important to conserve your resources. The game is beautifully presented, with excellent graphics accompanying each location. However there isn't a lot of depth to the gameplay, but despite this it's still a decent game overall.

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Screenshot of Skyx


(Legend Software, 1988)

A legend tells that four people will one day bring peace to the kingdom of Belda. That day has come, and you control this group of people. The game is based on Qix (hence its name), where you must draw lines in order to fill in parts of the screen; when you fill at least 75% of the screen, you can go to the next level. To make this more difficult, there are a few monsters; a green mask which moves unpredictably and very quickly around the screen, and one or more other enemies which move along the lines that you have drawn. There are also apples which give you more time, and potions which make you behave in strange ways. The graphics are very good and the game is well presented, but the presence of the green mask makes it frustratingly difficult.

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Screenshot of Sláine


(Martech, 1987)

After a mighty battle in the village of Tautega, its inhabitants have slain one of the evil Drune Lords and buried him beneath the stones of Cromm-Lin – but just before he died, he placed a curse upon the village. This is where the warrior Sláine and his dwarf sidekick Ukko enter the story. This is the second game from Martech to be based on a comic strip from 2000 AD magazine. The developers were keen to emphasise the unique 'Reflex' interface, in which the commands you can select constantly appear and disappear from the screen, supposedly reflecting Sláine's current thoughts. In practice, it's very awkward to use, and carrying out even simple commands like moving from location to location takes much longer than it would if you could just type commands using a keyboard. It's a shame, because the presentation is rather attractive.

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Slap Fight

(Imagine, 1987)

This is a bog-standard shoot-'em-up in which you are flying above the surface of the planet Orac and shooting aliens. Some of them leave gold stars behind which you can pick up, and collecting them allows you to select from a list of power-ups, which you can decide to make use of at any time. The graphics are pretty good when you consider that this is just another space shoot-'em-up, and the music is good as well. It's just that the enemy bullets are often too small to see, and if you lose a life, it's really difficult to recover from losing all your power-ups too.

See also: Alcon 2020.

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Screenshot of Slapshot


(Anirog, 1985)

Reviewed by CPC4eva

The only ice hockey game I have seen on the CPC. It's three versus three, with you against the computer or a human opponent, over three periods to score more goals than your opponent. The graphics and sounds aren't fantastic and the selection of your players can be annoying at times. The computer opponent moves faster and is better at stealing the ball from you, and you have no control over your goaltender; he just moves across the goal by himself. If you strike your opponent, it's a foul and you are penalised by being taken to the penalty circle closer to your opponent's goal. When the puck gets behind the goal area it becomes quite quirky and tricky to move.

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Screenshot of Sliders


(Microïds, 1991)

This is a simple game set in the future, where two balls – one blue and one red – try to fire another ball over their opponent's goal, which is represented by a square. The game can be played with a friend or against the computer, and you can change the computer's expertise, as well as a number of other settings. The ball is magnetic, and if you're nearby, you can attract it towards you. Once you have the ball, you then aim and release it. While the concept is very simple, it will take time to master, as controlling your ball is tricky due to a lack of friction. Not everyone will like it, but I thought it was reasonably good, although the graphics during the game are rather blocky and the scrolling is slow.

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Screenshot of Slightly Magic

Slightly Magic

(Code Masters, 1991)

Reviewed by John Beckett

In this brilliant Dizzy clone from Code Masters, you play the part of a trainee wizard named Slightly, and must rescue the lovely princess who has been snatched away by an angry, sunburnt dragon. Unfortunately, poor Slightly is stuck in his master's castle, and must first find his way out. Code Masters add a nice little variation to the gameplay here, as to progress Slightly must learn spells by finding both the spell and a related object (for example, a hearing spell and a megaphone). These are pretty fun, especially later spells which turn the poor guy into a bird and a fish. The graphics are good and little Slightly is cute and well animated, the music is unbelievably catchy, and the game's difficulty is perfect. This game is great in all ways, except for one thing; I found it a bit too short.

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