CHRISTMAS BIGGIES!

Featuring all the smash hits coming to your Speccy soon!

✭ E.S.W.A.T! ✭ Line Of Fire! ✭ Strider 2! ✭ S.C.I. Chase HQ 2! ✭ Turtles! ✭ Total Recall! ✭ Golden Axe! ✭ Narc! ✭ Dick Tracy! ✭ Back to the Future 3! ✭ S.T.U.N. Runner! ✭RoboCop 2! ✭ Lotus Turbo Esprit! ✭ Days Of Thunder! ✭ Gazza’s New Soccer!

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?

Hi there! Welcome to your free CRASH Christmas Biggies Guide — and what a sizzler it is! This book is packed with all the info on the top Speccy games coming out between now and Christmas, and it’s one hell of a lot!! The Speccy’s never had it so good, so get reading and have fun!

SMASHAWHATABILITY?!

Every game mentioned in this book has a SMASHABILITY factor between one and ten. This isn’t a review rating but a pointer to how big a hit each game is likely to be. Any game that get’s a ten star Smashability rating is a must. Keep your eyes peeled!

wotta lotta!

COIN-OP CORKERS

MOVIE MANIA

SPORTY STUFF

ORIGINAL ACTION

MIND BLENDERS

ACE LEARNING

SIMULATION SIZZLERS

BLASTER BUDGETS

CRIPES! COMPILATIONS

E-S.W.A.T.

US Gold

Dare you wear the E-S.W.A.T. badge? Criminals are running amok in Cyber City and law and order has broken down. Only the elite E-S.W.A T cyberpolice are capable of restoring peace! You wanna help? You first have to prove your worth by facing danger on the streets as a regular cop. Impress your superiors, earn your stripes and then, if you’re still alive, you can get your E-S.W.A.T. armour and deal out some real retribution! It’s a mega-blasting horizontally scrolling shoot-’em-up set in a dangerous futuristic world! Elite Special Weapons And Tactics... a force to be reckoned with!

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LINE OF FIRE

US Gold

A massive and incredibly corky Sega coin-op like a cross between Afterburner and Op Thunderbolt! Middle East terrorists have developed the most powerful weapon ever, and in the wrong hands it could wreak havoc on any urban battlefield! Now you’ve been assigned the task to recover the Rapier Field Gun from the high security fortress camp. Getting in is hell — getting out with the gun is impossible! Leap on the back of your war jeep, into your speedboat, onto your fighter or into your chopper and blast your way through the line of fire!!

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STRIDER 2

US Gold

The warrior returns with a vengeance in his ultimate fight for freedom! US Gold created Strider 2 in-house and coin-oppers Capcom, producers of the original, liked it so much a spanky new arcade game is in the making too!!! A flash of steel, a blast from his devastating Gyro Lazer GunStrider’s back in action in five levels of manic arcade action! Through the forest, over the towers, into the underground caverns, through the generating station and onto the Earth spacecraft. This time there are no limits, no mercy, no surrender!

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NIGHT SHIFT

Lucasfilm Games

Get a job operating the Beast, an unconventional machine which recycles rubbish into mini Lucasfilm-based toys! Sounds mad? It’s downright potty! All your favourite characters are here: Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, Zak McKraken, Luke Skywalker and R2D2! Packed with puzzles as you figure out how to keep the gears, pistons, conveyor belts and levers all operating properly!

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GOLD’S GRABBERS

US Gold

Other US Gold contenders for the higher perches of the Christmas chart are UN Squadron (power preview CRASH 81), an action packed flight of the future game as you launch an all out attack over land and sea!
SMASHABILITY 8

Snow Strike: (preview CRASH 80) Send in the pilots of the stealth fighter planes to defeat the evil drugs barons!
SMASHABILITY 7

The Godfather: gangster action all the way in the game of the film! Erm... but that’s next Christmas!

HELTER SKELTER

Audiogenic

Brilliantly crazy puzzle game packed with arcade action. Set over many levels of platform screens, the objective is to keep control of a bouncing killer ball and destroy the odd-looking aliens which patrol the platforms. It’s silly, it’s mad, it’s one hell of a lot o’fun!!

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GOLDEN AXE

Virgin Games

Offering all the thralls and excitement of the coin-op, Golden Axe is set to become the best beat-’em-up this year! Choose to control one of three mighty adventurers and fight through a strange mystical land to defeat the evil Death Adder. His warriors are waiting for you and so are their mutant monster side-kicks! Defeat a dragonrider and you can leap on the dragon’s back and control the monster’s fire power! It’s manic action all the way and incredibly addictive to boot!

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SCI: CHASE HQ 2

Ocean

It’s back! Last Christmas’ number one smash hit drives back into town in a super-turbo form! Now you don’t just chase crims but blast ’em off the road! The action’s hotter, faster and tougher as the weather conditions continually change and there are bodyguard squads, grenade lobbing bikers, armoured choppers and a whole host of new vehicles to create havoc. This is the chase that’ll take you from Paris right through into the Sahara desert — red hot!

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N.A.R.C.

Ocean

This one’s mad! Chaotic blasting action on the streets as you battle to defeat evil drug dealers! The Williams coin-op, N.A.R.C. is immensely colourful — what’s gonna happen on the Speccy? This is! 11 levels of horizontally scrolling action! One or two simultaneous players! Groovy graphics with vivid explosions! A missile firing rocket and a machine gun to defend yourself! Huge sprites and animated backdrops! Blimey!

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TOKI

Ocean

Toki is a monkey. Except he’s really a reasonably hunky ’n’ chunky warrior. But he’s a monkey now, thanks to wicked wizard Bashtar. Gameplay is a platform based quest through six levels to regain Toki’s humanity. It’s quite a laugh this game, with its brilliant cartoon like graphics. There are 300 screens of detailed and hectic action as Toki’s adventures takes him into the Caverns of Fire, through the Golden Palace, the Dark Jungle and plenty of other weird places! Attacking creatures include dragon-hatching eggs, ghosts, zombies, flying devils and more. Crazy stuff, eh?

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PUZZNIC

Ocean

Addictive puzzle game based on blocks and quick thinking! Time is of the essence as you’re playing beat the clock! There are a total of 144 levels to crack and gameplay’s simple, but the further you get the quicker you have to clear the screen of all the blocks! You throw blocks at other blocks to make them disappear and it’s most unlike any Ocean game as its non-violent!!

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OCEAN’S OTHERS

Ocean

RoboCop 2: seven levels of action played as a shoot-’em-up with puzzle and platform action thrown in too! See the powerpreview in CRASH 80
SMASHABILITY 9

Total Recall: the meanest movie comes to the Speccy with five levels played over 200 screens that’ll take you to Mars in a non-stop arcade action game! Previewed CRASH 81
SMASHABILITY 8

Nightbreed: get involved in the biggest monster movie ever! A colourful beat-’em-up played in the mutant city of Midian! Reviewed CRASH 81
SMASHABILITY 7

Plotting: Clear a screen of blocks and win a round — played by a potato it’s a fast and furious puzzle game! Reviewed CRASH 81
SMASHABILITY 7

Pang: burst the balloons with mega lasers — it’s fun, silly and addictive! Reviewed CRASH 82
SMASHABILITY 7

DICK TRACY

Disney

Grab the yellow hat and coat and hit the streets in search of Big Boy Caprice and his gang. Discovering that the gang are planning another assault on the City, Tracy arrives at the Ritz only to find the gangsters have done a runner. In the game you have to track down the mob — Flattop, Pruneface, The Brow and Big Boy — individually and arrest them. Plenty of gangster action over 60 screens as you blast hoodlums in this flip-screen arcade adventure.

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S.T.U.N. RUNNER

Tengen

Grasp the controls and enter the futuristic world of the S.T.U.N. Runner (Spread Tunnel Underground Network). It’s a race down a 3D tunnel at excessive speeds, a bit like a bob sled race but with enemy vehicles! Hit catapaults and you’ll be accelerated to hyperspatial speeds so fast your vehicle appears transparent as you pass straight through opponents!

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SUBBUTEO

Electronic Zoo

Play the game with the wobbly figures! Pit your soccer skills against the computer or another player! A flicky footy game played over three difficulty levels. The pitch is viewed in 3D from several angles and the game features a single game or a league play option!

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ARMALYTE

Thalamus

One of the best shoot-’em-ups ever comes to the Speccy in fine form. Eight levels of deadly alien landscapes and space stations provide the settings in this horizontally scrolling romp of destruction! Collect the best power-up pods to defeat the evil Hsiffian empire!

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GUNBOAT

Accolade

This is a river combat simulation which gives you the chance to take the helm of Patrol Boat Riverine dashing down the waters. You know an ambush is lurking around the next corner! Spread over 20 realistic missions, including rescuing prisoners of war from Vietnam, Gunboat is viewed in first-person perspective so you see the action as if you were actually in the cockpit of a gunboat! Cor!

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STRATEGO

Accolade

From the MB Games board game, Stratego will have your brain doing backfires as you attempt to win a strategic war. You have a 40-piece army made up of officers, spies, flags and bombs. Each player sets up their own side of the battlefield and then prepares to stalk their way to the other side to capture the flag. Lots of variety with five skill levels and battlefield sound fx.

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TEENAGE MUTANT HERO TURTLES

Image Works

Rescuing kidnapped April O’Neil from Shredder is the objective for the four heroes in half shells. You command each turtle in turn and battle your way through six New York territories patrolled by the Ninjitsu Warriors! Turtles is a brilliantly colourful and racey hack-’em-up played as a platform game. Development house Probe are converting it to the Speccy and Image Works reckon it’s the best version so far!! Hurrah!

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FUN SCHOOL 3

Database

Appearing in three different packs, each one will appeal to different age groups. Each pack features six different games, each tied to project work on the National Curriculum. Under Fives offers Counting, Matching, Teddy, Gallery, Alphabet and Farm. For the Five to Sevens is Collect, Electricity, Time, Journey, Toyshop, and Funtext. The Over Sevens get Planetary Maths, Wordsearch, Database, Logo, Treasure Search and Sentences. Learning has never been so much fun!

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DIZZY 4

CodeMasters

He’s back! Back!! BACK!!! The eggy hero returns in another eggcellent eggventure that promises to be bigger and better than ever before this an eggsaggeration?! Set in a castle, Dizzy 4 is intended to be the most complex Dizzy game yet with fiendishly difficult puzzles to solve! As usual there’s plenty of leaping and bounding through the scenery and it’s packed with a whole new collection of yolk folk!

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STORMING STUFF

Storm

Newcomer Storm has two releases for the big Christmas season — you can play a demo of St Dragon on the Powertape this month. The other happening title is SWIV, an original vertical scrolling shoot-em-up. Controlling either a jeep or a helicopter you battle your way through hordes of enemies, including multi-part helicopters and supertanks, to defeat the ultimate opponent at the end of each level!

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SWITCHBLADE

Gremlin

You play Hiro, a high-tech warior, armed with stealth, cunning and a cyber-arm! Enter the undercity and reassemble the 16 fragments of the shattered Fireblade. The game’s full of manic platform action, features 132 screens spread over five levels and it’s all packed with intricately designed graphics! With 20 races of alien opponents to attack you’re going to need all seven weapons available!

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TOYOTA CELICA GT4 RALLY

Gremlin

Over two years in development Gremlin’s latest racing game gives players the opportunity to test their driving skills over a series of different courses and in a variety of climatic conditions! Experience the thrill of controlling your rally car as it skids and jumps through terrifying bends and leaps into the air as you hit the many hills! Your co-driver will call out the approaching track with digitised speech and you can get prepared by switching on the wipers or use the headlights as the light fades for the night sections!

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ULTIMATE GOLF

Gremlin

Featuring as many realistic golf factors as Gremlin could fit in, Greg Norman’s Ultimate Golf offers several levels of play ranging from a simple arcade style game to a complete simulation. The game provides you with a caddy to carry all 17 golf clubs and also includes practice features enabling you to take replay shots, move balls, change holes, and advice and tactics from your caddy!

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SUPER CARS

Gremlin

Lock yourself in motorised combat with Super Cars! The Super Cars races are staged over three levels with nine races each and you can take control of the Taraco Neoroder, the Vaug Interceptor or the Retron Parsec. With up to seven other cars racing against you the on-track hazards include mud, water and oil slicks. Win races and collect your prize money, with which you can buy enhancements for your car, including a turbo charger, high speed, power steering, retro and spin assist. The race is on!!

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GAZZA’S NEW SOCCER GAME

Empire

Paul Gascoigne, the star footballer whom the newspapers reckon is a bigger star than the turtles, comes back to your Speccy screens with an all new soccer game. Empire say it’s a totally new concept in soccer games and contains two different sections. There is, of course, Gazza belting up and down the pitch scoring goals, and another section where you manage the team to get them to the top of the league.

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THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN

Empire

It’s an arcade platform game as Spiderman, attempting to rescue his wife Mary Jane, races through seven levels of spiderish action! The adventure takes you through all the old film sets of Rockwell studios including horror, science fiction, epics, outer space, westerns, urban adventure and backstage. Spin a web, mateys!

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER

Elite

Sega’s best ever soccer game is currently being converted to the Speccy thanks to Elite who, naturally, reckon it’s going to be the bee’s knees in footy games. The action is viewed from overhead but, unlike most other overhead views, in World Championship Soccer your view is close to the pitch (as if you were hovering about 20 feet above). Features include large sprites, fast action (hopefully). 22 players and a football!!

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GREMLINS 2

Elite

They might be funny little monsters on the film screen but when you’re in the midst of their chaos, mayhem and destruction the only objective is to wipe ’em out — again! The task of clearing the Clamp Plaza of the evil Gremlins is up to Billy and Kate with a bit of help from cuddly Gizmo. The game is a scrolling shoot-’em-up as you collect weapons to defend yourself from the Gremlins before they wreak havoc throughout the world!!

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BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 3

Image Works

Set in the wild west of 1885, Part 3 is an action game with three different sections. In the first you control Doc as he chases a runaway coach on horseback, while avoiding the luggage which comes flying off the back! A shooting gallery is the setting for section two and the game ends up with a dramatic train chase sequence as Marty attempts to rescue Doc’s beloved Clara from the future.

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WRATH OF THE DEMON

Readysoft

A mammoth cartoon-like arcade adventure as you try to rid a kingdom of an evil demon and his minions, rescue a beautiful princess and restore honour to the king. The quest takes you through caves, swamps, temples and castles before you come face to face with the demon!

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DAYS OF THUNDER

Mindscape

Packed with racing action, Tom Cruise’s latest movie Days Of Thunder ideally lends itself to a game. Tiertex is handling the Speccy conversion and the game is set to capture the thrills and spills of Daytona 5000 motor racing — a sport that can be won or lost in under five seconds! All seven of the tracks from the film will be included in the game when it thunders into the shops! Preview in CRASH 81

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HENRIETTAS’ SPELLS

Scetlander’s coming release hopes to improve the nation’s spelling and language skills. Henrietta’s Book of Spells features five learning games, three skill levels and a choice of words from five to nine letters. Like Hooray for Henrietta there’s a fun storyline and objective to the game.

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STAR CONTROL

Accolade

Join forces with the Alliance of Free Stars to defend the galaxy against the conquesting armies of the Ur-Quan. Played as an involving shoot-’em-up strategy game, Star Control has you controlling the actions of seven captains of the fantastic star fleets in a game that’s a fight to the finish where the winner gets control of the stars!

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And if all this lot hasn’t whetted your appetite you must be a right jaded old lot! Make your Christmas — get yourself, or better still get a loved one to give you, a clutch of these goodies! If they all make the launchpad before 1991!!

This is a public broadcast brought to you by CRASH Readership Involvement Spokeperson Richard Eddy on behalf of CRASH and Newsfield Publications in the interest of broadening the awareness of the high standards and commitment of the British leisure software industry to creating a wholly crashorilliant winter and Christmas games playing environment for every Sinclair Spectrum owner in the galaxy. It is absolutely imperative that the information given in the pampphlet be disseminated to all and sundry so that the nation (indeed the universe) may play our games.