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Too Hot To Handle
By Ocean
Amstrad CPC464

Published in Amstrad Computer User #89

Too Hot To Handle

Action, adventure and a whole lot more in one package. Who's complaining?

Get ready for some red hot action in this excellent collection of all-time classics from Ocean.

Golden Axe

Kicking off is the superb outing of Golden Axe, taking in the once peaceful land of Yuria, now defiled and lorded over by the evil minions of Death Adder. Only the bravest of the brave can save the kidnapped king and his beautiful daughter and, who can that be? Yes, you and maybe a friend as well.

There are four characters to choose from in this original blast, ranging from the barbarian Ax-Batter, to the Amazon Warrior Tvris-Flare, each of whom has grudge enough against Death Adder to last a lifetime.

The slow battle through the woods, Turtle Village, Eagle Island and finally, Death Adder's Castle, is plagued by a host of vicious assailants. The going is certainly tough, but the gameplay is superb, good enough to keep you coming back for more until your quest is finally achieved.

Shadow Warriors

If Ninja action is more your style, then take on the role of Joe Musashi and go get the evil Sauros and his henchmen, as revenge for the needless killing of one of your students.

Taking your trusted hound Yamoto with you, you must not only take out the bad guys, but you must defuse all of the bombs Sauros' men have laid around the metropolis. Fail, and the US shuttle could be in big danger. You have been warned, go out and get chopping now in this excellent example of oriental artistry.

Total Recall

Moving on to the slightly more obvious and, shall we say, less subtle, forms of physical violence, Arnie's back in town in the superb Total Recall offering.

Closely following the plot of the film, it's up to you to find out who you really are, and why you keep getting recurring nightmares about suffocation and Mars. Take up the battle a gainst the evil syndicate, moving from Earth to Mars and, ultimately, free the Mars dwellers from enslavement to succeed at this well conceived blast. Plenty of action and great graphics to boot.

Super Off-Road Racer

For our final outing, why not put your pedal to the metal and go for the championship in Super Off-Road Racer. You'll find all of the spills and thrills of the real thing here, careering around in your turbocharged speed machine.

Superb graphics make a real atmosphere here and, basically, if you like race simulations, then you won't go far wrong with this one.


There you are, yet another collection of classic blasts which, whilst being great fun and good value for money, can't help but leave you thinking: "What about a few new games?"