The Sentinel, ZX Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum version of Geoff Crammond‘s classic puzzle game, The Sentinel, was ported by Software Creations (with assistance from Mr. Crammond himself) and published by Firebird Software in 1987.

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Shadow of the Beast, ZX Spectrum

Shadow of the Beast is a scrolling fighting/action game originating on the Amiga. It was enough of a success for publisher Psygnosis to convert it to various home computers and consoles. The ZX Spectrum version was developed by Gremlin Graphics and published in 1990, and it is not a bad port overall.

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Golden Axe: The Duel, Arcade

Golden Axe: The Duel is the third arcade game in the Golden Axe series (after Golden Axe and The Revenge of Death Adder) and is a two-player versus fighting game based on characters from the popular side-scrolling hack and slash games. It was first released into arcades in February 1995.

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Golden Axe III, Megadrive/Genesis

The third Golden Axe game was initially only ever released in Japan, exclusively on the Megadrive in 1993. It wasn’t until two years later, in 1995, that it received a localised English language release in North America via the online-only Sega Channel.

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Golden Axe II, Megadrive/Genesis

Golden Axe II is a sequel to the classic Sega arcade game, Golden Axe, and was released exclusively on the Megadrive/Genesis* in 1991 in Japan and 1992 in North America and Europe.

*= It was eventually released as an arcade game using ‘Mega Play’ hardware, which is essentially a Megadrive/Genesis in an arcade cabinet, but the game was initially marketed as a ‘killer app’ on Sega‘s famous home console.

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Golden Axe, Megadrive/Genesis

This conversion of the classic Sega arcade game was first released on the Megadrive/Genesis in 1989 and is a reasonably accurate port of the famous hack and slash action game.

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Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Arcade

Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is the 1992 sequel to the classic 1989 arcade game, Golden Axe. It features four new playable characters, more detailed graphics and four-player simultaneous gameplay (although that was dependent on the cabinet – variations were available to arcade operators).

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Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Sega Master System

The Sega Master System version of Capcom‘s classic arcade game, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, was developed and published by Sega in 1989, and it is a cut-down version of the original and is also easier to play.

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Alisia Dragoon, Megadrive/Genesis

Alisia Dragoon is a fantasy, side-scrolling run-and-gun shooter with platforming elements, developed by Game Arts in collaboration with Japanese animation studio Gainax. It was released exclusively for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis in 1992.

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Solaris, Atari 2600

Solaris is a space combat game designed and developed by Doug Neubauer and published by Atari Corporation in 1986. It is supposedly a sequel to Star Raiders, and does contain similar elements, but features a third-person viewpoint this time, rather than first-person. Solaris is one of the most technically-impressive games on the Atari 2600 and is a far cry from the early games released for the system.

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