The Acorn may have been a cut down version of the BBC Micro, but that didn’t mean it had no decent games available for it.
While many of our readers will no doubt have had dealings with the Speccy port, this version plays quite a bit differently.
While it’s a tad sluggish in comparison, the payoff is a game that feels slightly more solid, controls that feel less erratic, and, we think, on the whole just a fractionally better game. Released: 1984 At the other end of Chuckie Egg’s limber-hero-spectrum sits Frak!
, a platformer starring a caveman called Trogg who’s suffering from acute osteogenesis imperfecta.
While insanely maddening there’s something endearing about Frak! The premise is simple: steer a fragile caveman through a level full of deathly statues and clean the screen of keys to advance.
The game’s level arrangements meant that clearing each level required lots of skill and patience. And the neat bonus round that bookends its stages – which sees your character trying to blast a barrage of alien enemies while bouncing off a small and moving baking tray – offered a quirky break to the gameplay.
Incidentally, ‘Frak’ is said to be a bowdlerised version of the word ‘F*ck’, which is why Trogg spouts the word each time he dies – fracking potty mouth. Released: 1987 Written by Peter Scott – one of the most talented Electron coders ever – Ransack! Your ship, Al, must fend off wave after wave of enemy droids, flying saucers and odd phallic Flesh Gordon-style spaceships, while ensuring he didn’t fall through gaps, or get impaled on spikes, that appeared intermittently on the planet surface. Cybertron Mission Released: 1986 Cybertron Mission is a neat Berzerk clone but with an emphasis on searching as well as destroying.Plonked inside one of the most dangerous environments we’ve seen in a game – a claustrophobic electrified maze, teeming with regenerating psychotic robots – it was your job to venture into the maze, gather a bunch of objects and then return them to a safe.Okay, so the plot could have done with some work but the action came fast and ferocious.Armed with a gun, and eight-directional aiming, the action could get pretty manic – especially at Level 3 when you had to face those annoying Cyberdroid enemies that bounced off walls.Cybertron Mission won’t be to everyone’s taste but there’s nothing else quite like it on the Electron.Repton Released: 1985 Despite the similarities between Boulder Dash, Tim Tyler – Repton’s creator – has always remained resolute that he’d never played Rising Stars’ game.