Showing posts with label Ricochet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ricochet. Show all posts

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Game Covers - Crazy Comets (Commodore 64)

The Universe is out of control, contracting into chaos.  Matter becomes energy in a cataclysmic chain reaction of the disorder.  Comets of fire cascade through the heavens - messengers of imminent doom.

Your mission: to restore order to the Universe by destroying chaos wherever it appears.

Your chances of survival: NIL.

...  and you thought the Apocalypse was gonna be bad!!!!

Crazy Comets - The Cover

Crazy Comets - The Inlay

Crazy Comets - The Tape

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Friday, August 09, 2019

Game Covers - Dan Dare Pilot of the Future (Commodore 64)

One of the most famous comic strip heroes ever comes vividly to life in this superb arcade adventure.

With your faithful companions, you must defeat the Mekon and save the Earth.

"Dan Dare is a super cool game which deserves all the credit it gets!"  COMPUTER & VIDEO GAMES

"Dan Dare deserves an immediate Number One Spot".  PCW

Dan Dare - The Cover

Dan Dare - The Inlay
Dan Dare - The Tape

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Game Covers - Trailblazer (Commodore 64)

Thunder into the unknown at breakneck speed, pushing your reflexes to the limit in this exhilarating journey that is not for the faint-hearted.

Roll left, roll right avoiding the endless chasms that lay in and around the squares of mystery.  Go as fast as you dare, but beware the hazards as squares can speed you up and move you around seemingly at random, the quicker you can complete the course, the higher your bonus but the greater the risk.

Trailblazer - The Cover

Trailblazer - The Inlay

Trailblazer - The Tape

3D View (hold and move to rotate)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Games that remind me of my childhood Number 26 : Skate Rock (Commodore 64)

Lately I've been going through several boxes of my old games in storage and have selected a few to keep me going for quite a few future "GTRMOMC" posts, but for this one I'm going to talk about a nice little game I purchased as a re-release for £1.99 - Skate Rock. 

Originally released at full price by Bubble Bus software, it was later re-released by Mastertronic on their "Ricochet" label and this is the version I have.  The game featured the player riding their skateboard across 10 courses, avoiding the numerous obstacles that appeared on the way.  There were 8 flags that needed to be collected along each course - if you missed one, you would need to go back and get it because you couldn't complete the course without them all.  You also had a limited amount of time to compete the courses.

Doing a little spin at the end of course 1

Don't forget to collect all the flags, or you won't be able to finish the course

The courses were made up from several areas including a rural street, a town and a bridge/construction area.  Obstacles to avoid usually consisted of walking pedestrians, dogs, cars/lorries, workmen, cones and other skateboarders.  Occasionally you would need to use a ramp to jump over an obstacle to get further along the course.

"Get outta way!"

Sometimes you need to use ramps to progress further.

Don't fall of the bridge!

The game played horizontally and you used the joystick to control your skateboard.  Up made you accelerate, down to slow down, and left and right rotated your board.  If you held the fire button and pushed left and right you could also do kick turns that rotated your board quickly for sharp turns.

Those patches slow you down, and makes it harder to move.

Each course got progressively harder to the point where I think it became impossible to complete without cheating but I had great fun trying to get further.  The only thing that really got me about this game were the naff, blocky sprites (especially the cars).  Come on, the Commodore 64 was capable of so much better.  Other than that, it was a great game that came out in the late 80s during a skateboarding craze and when other skateboard games such as 720° and Skate or Die were populating the games charts.  Skate Rock also had a nice soundtrack by C64 music legend Ben Daglish. 
And this is what you get when you finish all 10 courses. "You've completed all then courses....."

"...  You're now a member of the Slime Rat Skaters".  Aren't you glad you finished the game for that monumental ending?

The cover.  Spot the cock up in the instructions!

The back of the cover.  A great space for writing some POKES for cheating perhaps?

The tape!

A nice addition to any C64 gamers collection.