Games not Reviewed in ZZAP!

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Other good CRL games

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Sorry, off-topic I know, but just wanted to get some CRL memories off my chest. You'll forgive the ramblings of an old man.

- Derby Day (on the Spectrum - I bought it! £5.50 from John Menzies. Quite a good fake betting game.)

- Tau Ceti (The Twiddy Classic - I bought that too) (Didn't CRL publish the sequel, whatever it was called? Alpha Centauri?)

- Bored of the Rings (or am I getting mixed up now? I remember they used to run half-page comic strip ads done by Mel Croucher and his illustrator mate Robin Evans. Delta 4 was the developer weren't they? Fergus McNeill, et al)

There must be more. Surely.

Less-good CRL games

- ID (a weird Mel Croucher non-classic, rather like a slightly boring Eliza program. I won this in a Crash competition)

- Cyborg (I won this in a ZZAP! competition, in which you had to draw a robot at the beach. My drawing was even printed in the mag! Semi-interesting, but maybe apocryphal factoid: The head of the figure in the cover artwork looked just like CRL's sales manager at the time)
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No Mayhem, upon checking lemon's website... it appears that Street Sports Football might have been the U.S release title/version of S.S. Soccer. You might be confusing Cinemaware's TV Sports Football with the Street Sports series.
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farhan wrote:No Mayhem, upon checking lemon's website... it appears that Street Sports Football might have been the U.S release title/version of S.S. Soccer. You might be confusing Cinemaware's TV Sports Football with the Street Sports series.
Hello! I'm afraid you got it all wrong my friend. :)
I have a copy of EPYX Street Sports Football over here, and it's the 4th in the series, American Football, and totally different from the SS Soccer variant. It's on a compilation with the whole SS series, and contains all four games. I had 3 copies of the package, I kept one myself, I sold one to Mayhem, and the third went on eBay.
It's indeed a US release btw.
And...Mayhem is seldom confusing anything, C64 related. 8) :wink:
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Hi Pg,
Tau Ceti`s follow up was Academy and sadly only available on the z80 speccy and Amstrad. One Crl Game I did enjoy other than the the forementioned was the Boggit :wink:
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PGTips wrote:Computer Rentals Limited, if I remember correctly. Strange name but I guess that's how they started out back in, what, 1983 or something.

I wonder what Clement Chambers is doing now... Online air combat games, last time I saw him.

CRL had some good games to its name but it all seemed to go a bit wrong somewhere. Gordon, what was the name of that game that you reviewed, with the intergalactic vacuum cleaner?

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I think it was Thundercross?
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[quote]I have a copy of EPYX Street Sports Football over here, and it's the 4th in the series, American Football, and totally different from the SS Soccer variant. It's on a compilation with the whole SS series, and contains all four games. I had 3 copies of the package, I kept one myself, I sold one to Mayhem, and the third went on eBay.
It's indeed a US release btw. [/quote]

Indeed...thanx for the clarification Mr. Zzapback. I do remember Zzap carrying an Epyx ad showing only the three games, but as you said, it was a U.S. release.

So, there are two S.S. games not reviewed then :)
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farhan wrote:
I have a copy of EPYX Street Sports Football over here, and it's the 4th in the series, American Football, and totally different from the SS Soccer variant. It's on a compilation with the whole SS series, and contains all four games. I had 3 copies of the package, I kept one myself, I sold one to Mayhem, and the third went on eBay.
It's indeed a US release btw.
Indeed...thanx for the clarification Mr. Zzapback. I do remember Zzap carrying an Epyx ad showing only the three games, but as you said, it was a U.S. release.

So, there are two S.S. games not reviewed then :)
Indeed. :D
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Re: Other good CRL games

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PGTips wrote:Sorry, off-topic I know, but just wanted to get some CRL memories off my chest. You'll forgive the ramblings of an old man.

- Derby Day (on the Spectrum - I bought it! £5.50 from John Menzies. Quite a good fake betting game.)

- Tau Ceti (The Twiddy Classic - I bought that too) (Didn't CRL publish the sequel, whatever it was called? Alpha Centauri?)

- Bored of the Rings (or am I getting mixed up now? I remember they used to run half-page comic strip ads done by Mel Croucher and his illustrator mate Robin Evans. Delta 4 was the developer weren't they? Fergus McNeill, et al)

There must be more. Surely.

Less-good CRL games

- ID (a weird Mel Croucher non-classic, rather like a slightly boring Eliza program. I won this in a Crash competition)

- Cyborg (I won this in a ZZAP! competition, in which you had to draw a robot at the beach. My drawing was even printed in the mag! Semi-interesting, but maybe apocryphal factoid: The head of the figure in the cover artwork looked just like CRL's sales manager at the time)

wasnt lords of midnight a CRL game (and its sequels)?
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If you mean Mike Singleton's Lords Of Midnight (for I know of no other), then that and its sequal was published by Beyond Software, a pretty great software house in my opinion, until they were bought by BT..

Going back to Cyborg and CRL though, I really think that was a very wasted opportunity, I really thought there was major potential with that game.
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Zzap RetroReviews

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Your Sinclair reviewed old games that had not previously appeared in the magazine in the last few issues. This would be a great subject for another Zzap tribute magazine.
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_Another_ tribute magazine? Argh!

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My god, "The Young Ones" was rubbish. I wish you had reviewed it, I'd have saved a couple of quid, and an hour of my life.
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Was "Gauntlet - Deeper Dungeons" ever reviewed?
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Shame on all of you!!

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I say shame on all of you..........NONE OF YOU? I mean NONE of you.....? Gosh. Gosh. Gosh.......Not even remembering it in this thread either...?! I am lost for words.


Only the greatest RPG of all time folks.....How you missed it, I will never know....But miss it you did........even in this thread!





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Bow your heads in shame and penalise yourself with only ONE pint in the pub tonight!
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