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Page 1: Sabian Island – Sailing
Page 2: Saint and Greavsie – SAS Assault Course
Page 3: SAS Combat Simulator – Scooby and Scrappy Doo
Page 4: Scooby Doo – SDAW
Page 5: SDI – Sepulcri
Page 6: Sgt. Helmet Training Day 2020 – Shadow of the Beast
Page 7: Shadow Skimmer – Sharpe's Deeds
Page 8: Sherman M4 – Shufflepuck Café
Page 9: Side Arms – The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
Page 10: Sir Ababol – Skate or Die
Page 11: Skate Rock – Slap Fight
Page 12: Slapshot – The Smirking Horror
Page 13: Smugglers Cove – Soccer 86
Page 14: Soccer Pinball – Sol Negro
Page 15: Solo – Soul of a Robot
Page 16: Souls of Darkon – Space Harrier
Page 17: Space Harrier II – Spaghetti Western Simulator
Page 18: Spannerman – Spike in Transylvania
Page 19: Spiky Harold – Spooked
Page 20: Spooky Castle – Sram
Page 21: Sram 2 – Star Driver
Page 22: Stardust – Star Sabre
Page 23: Starstrike II – Steve Davis Snooker
Page 24: Steve McQueen Westphaser – Streaker
Page 25: Street Cred' Boxing – Stress
Page 26: Strider – Stryfe
Page 27: STUN Runner – Subterranean Stryker
Page 28: Subway Vigilante – Super Cycle
Page 29: Super Flippard – Supernudge 2000
Page 30: Super Pac – Super Sprint
Page 31: Super Stock Car – Surprise Surprise
Page 32: The Survivor – The Sword of Ianna
Page 33: Sword of the Samurai – Syntax
Screenshot of Super Stock Car

Super Stock Car

(Mastertronic, 1989)

Four high performance cars – a Lamborghini Countach, a Ferrari Testarossa, a Lotus Esprit and a Porsche 959 – race each other around several small tracks. It’s not really a stock car race, eh? Your aim isn’t to win the race; instead, you need to complete a certain number of laps within the time limit. This is easy on the first few tracks, but later on, you’ll have to complete more laps in the same amount of time. The graphics and animation are both excellent, with really chunky, colourful cars and lots of fire and smoke when they crash into each other. The high-energy music is marvellous and really suits the game as well. However, the cars can only point in eight directions, and the controls are a bit unresponsive. Without these problems, I would have enjoyed the game a lot more.

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Super Stunt Man

(Code Masters, 1988)

As a professional stuntman, a film company has hired you to take part in a film. You must shoot seven action scenes covering both land and water. There’s even a scene where you must jump the Grand Canyon! In most of these scenes, other cars or boats will fire at you, and if you are hit by a missile or skid on a puddle, or damage your car too much, another take has to be made – although you receive an ‘amazing action’ bonus for your efforts. You have three takes per scene, which isn’t very generous. The graphics and sound effects are poor and the time limit is quite tight. Memorising the layout of the course on each scene is vital if you’re to succeed, but other cars get in the way too much. It’s not a very enjoyable game to play.

See also: Italian Super Car.

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Screenshot of Super Tank Simulator

Super Tank Simulator

(Code Masters, 1989)

NATO has just rolled out its latest tank, and you’ve been given the job of testing it and taking it into battle. Four levels await you in this mediocre shoot-’em-up. Each level has two parts. The first part involves driving around in your tank and aiming at enemy targets, and the action is viewed from above. This part is not bad, but although your tank is highly manoeuvrable, it can be destroyed with one hit – it’s not a very good tank then, is it, NATO? What really lets the game down is the second part, in which you move a set of crosshairs around the screen and shoot targets as they scroll by. This part is excruciatingly difficult, and you’ll probably never see the second level without cheating. Other than that, the graphics and sound are quite good, so it’s a shame that it’s outweighed by some aspects of the gameplay.

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Screenshot of SuperTed: The Search for Spot

SuperTed: The Search for Spot

(Alternative Software, 1990)

SuperTed’s friend Spot has been kidnapped by Texas Pete. Spot is bundled into Pete’s car, and Pete drives off with him in the back. The bear with the red suit and super strength must chase the car and avoid the many hazards left by Pete. At the end of the first level, he faces Skeleton, and then he flies into outer space where there are more hazards, as well as Texas Pete himself. There are quite a lot of hazards to avoid, even on the easy level, and children (who are the intended audience for this game) will find it too difficult. The graphics are nice and colourful, but the sound effects are poor, and there are only two levels – and I don’t mean the difficulty levels.

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Screenshot of Super Tripper

Super Tripper

(Amsoft, 1985)

Reviewed by Robert Small

An early game involving platforming, exploration, avoiding energy sapping enemies and collecting items. The graphics are colourful with some nice details like cobwebs, plants, and giant skulls plus some cool-looking enemies to avoid. Your character looks a bit odd, though. What sets this game apart is the use of a balloon to traverse the large environments. Balloons are finite but can be replaced by collecting more, and they are needed to reach the discs you will need to collect. The sound effects are basic but the music should be recognisable to everyone. Worth a look.

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Screenshot of Super Trolley

Super Trolley

(Mastertronic, 1988)

I used to have a part-time job in a grocery store, but it was nowhere near as boring as this excuse for a game. Starting off as a dogsbody in a supermarket, you have to stock up the shelves, and also rescue the occasional stray dog or baby. Keep at it often enough, and you’ll be promoted to porter and then manager. The game was developed as a result of a letter to the now disgraced Jimmy Savile’s Jim’ll Fix It TV show, but sadly, it’s extremely boring. There’s nothing worse than stocking up the potatoes or whatever, only to be told that you have to stock something else up, ad nauseam. The graphics are OK, but there are hardly any sound effects (although your trolley squeaks) and everything moves so slowly.

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Screenshot of Supertrux

Supertrux

(Elite, 1988)

Race across Europe in a bid to win the Supertrux trophy. Can you reach the finishing line before your time runs out? Starting in London, you steer your truck along the roads, avoiding the other trucks (which all look the same, incidentally) and obstacles which appear, such as roadworks, tyre barriers and puddles which cause your truck to skid. A nice aspect of this game is that at the end of each stage, you can choose one of two routes, so for instance, you can visit France and Spain, or alternatively, travel across Belgium and Germany. The graphics are reasonable and the scrolling is quite fast, but crashing is often unavoidable, which obviously hinders your progress and can be rather frustrating.

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Screenshot of Super Wonder Boy in Monster Land

A dragon called Meka is bringing fear to Wonder Land, so Wonder Boy sets off to Monster Land on a new mission to defeat him. This is a platform game, and Wonder Boy has to kill all sorts of monsters with his sword. Each monster you kill will produce some gold which is used to buy better weapons and armour, spells, or food in the many shops which you can enter during your mission. Unlike its predecessor, the graphics are rather ugly, and the most noticeable thing about them is the almost total lack of colour. There’s hardly any sound during the game, although there is a tune on the menu. The gameplay doesn’t make up for these deficiencies, though.

See also: Wonder Boy.

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Screenshot of Super Wrestle

Super Wrestle

(Lachlan Keown, 2015)

Reviewed by Missas

I always enjoyed wrestling games because I was a huge fan of the WWF wrestling series (nowadays known as WWE) back in the 1980s, so I was really eager to play this game. To begin with, the graphics are a little blocky but they are smartly designed and they surprisingly resemble the atmosphere of the Wrestlemania matches, with the same wrestlers (yes, Hulk Hogan couldn’t be absent from this!) and the crowd shouting and taking photos. The sound is good with some effects besides the crowd noise, while the sprites, although recognisable, definitely lack detail. The animation is very smooth with a high frame rate but the controls are a little awkward, and although there are several moves, it is not very easy to perform them. Also, you can select your wrestler from a choice of four. However, the gameplay has the potential to be far better.

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Screenshot of Surprise Surprise

Surprise Surprise

(Central Solutions, 1986)

You have been invited to a party within a large house, but first of all, you must search the house and find five letters which make up a code. The house has one hundred rooms, and there are dangers lurking in most of them. This is an absolutely terrible game – that much is obvious from the moment you load it. From the loading screen consisting of random lines and flashing colours, to the extremely crude graphics, to the extremely irritating random beeps which play throughout the game, to the snail-like movement of your character, this game has ‘awful’ written all over it. Even then, I might have felt generous enough to give it at least one mark out of ten, but alas, no – you only have one life! And did I mention that it only works properly on a CPC464 and not on the other models?

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