Parachute (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 46)

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This is classic Cassette 50:

– The Psychedelic rotation of colours that they describe as “Fog”
– The breaking of my legs should I fail to land on a very, very, VERY small part of the screen
– The ERROR 3 AT LINE 2600 message is the best part of the game.

See the Commodore 64 version of Parachute (Known as ‘Parachutist’)
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Parachute
See the ZX81 version of Parachute

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Tanker (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 45)

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Wind is not your friend. Wind is your enemy. Especially when you’re trying to navigate a Tanker down a canal, and said Tanker seems to be made of paper. What cargo are you supposed to be transporting? Your boat hardly seems practical.

See the Commodore 64 version of Tanker(Known as Tanker Rescue)
See the Acorn Electron version of Tanker
See the ZX81 version of Tanker

Universe (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 43)

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“Black hole sun / won’t you come / and rescue the people who are about to die horribly?”

If only they had been the words to the Soundgarden hit.

See the Commodore 64 version of Universe
See the Acorn Electron version of Universe
See the ZX81 version of Universe

Space Search (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 42)

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Job Advert: How do you fancy piloting a sexily advanced space ship in search of your home planet? Pay is £20,000 A DAY!

(Small print: You have to listen to David Hasselhoff’s “Looking For Freedom” on a loop you every waking moment.)

See the Commodore 64 version of Space Search
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Search
See the Vic-20 version of Space Search
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Space Search
See the ZX81 version of Space Search

Derby Dash (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 41)


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What if you could breed horses in the shape of numbers?

(You’d probably get arrested, Dr Frankenstein)

See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50

Do Your Sums (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 40)

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I’ve finally done it. After all this time of playing all these terrible, terrible games on Cassette 50 I’ve found the worst one at last. Please step forward ‘Do Your Sums’ on the Atari 8-bit. There aren’t even any sums involved. Instead, it’s a dice simulator. You press a key, it displays anything between one and six dots. That’s it. I can imagine the niche time where you really want to play Frustration but the popping dice thing in the middle isn’t working so you load up this. This piece of pointless shit.

See the Commodore 64 version of Do Your Sums
See the Vic-20 version of Do Your Sums
See the Acorn Electron Version of Do Your Sums
See the ZX81 version of Do Your Sums