Of the three versions of Kokotoni Wilf released by Elite Systems, the Commodore 64 version is arguably the worst.
Compared to the Spectrum original, Amstrad Kokotoni Wilf is pretty ugly. The developers have chosen a dark blue background with green caves, and the odd splash of colour in the (very flickery) sprites and landscape decorations. The graphics are very poor in my opinion.
A leading contender for the game with the silliest name of all-time, Kokotoni Wilf is an early platform action game with you in the role of the titular Mr. Wilf.
Based on the infamous 1980s TV show of the same name, Airwolf hit the top of the ZX Spectrum sales charts back in 1984, but – in reality – wasn’t a particularly good game.
This 1988 Atari ST release, by Elite Systems, is a solid conversion of the classic Tatsumi arcade machine.
This great little platform game is actually a conversion of a Nintendo Entertainment System game, created by Tecmo in 1986.
Elite Systems developed and published the Atari ST version of Mighty Bomb Jack in 1990. Of course it is a sequel to the classic arcade game Bomb Jack.
What’s so good about Mighty Bomb Jack is the gameplay, which is very good indeed, when you get down to the nitty gritty of it. The way Jack jumps – the timings – and the way he floats (and stops floating) are all part of his silky superhero skills. Once you’ve mastered how to use him, the game becomes a great test of platforming skills.
A difference in this Bomb Jack sequel is in the use of scrolling levels. The idea is still to collect the bombs (in sequence will earn you more points) to beat the levels, but in this follow-up you also have to move left and right to make your way through a horizontally (and sometimes vertically) scrolling series of platforms inside a big room. Every now and then the levels are also punctuated by single screen challenges (which tend to be the toughest). It works well and makes the game a bit more interesting than the original in my humble opinion.
Graphically, this Atari ST version is very nice. Colourful and well defined. It didn’t review too well at the time of release, although personally I think Mighty Bomb Jack is a decent Atari ST game and highly recommend it.
First released in 1985, Roller Coaster – by S. Brocklehurst – is a fun and jaunty platform game in which you play a small, agile character who has to explore a huge theme park looking for bags of gold.
You play the park’s owner, no less – a person called Colonel G. Bogey – and in order to complete the game you have to collect every bag of gold, without losing the ten lives that you begin with. Some bags are easy to get, and some are fiendishly difficult.
Roller Coaster was a very popular game on the ZX Spectrum, made good by the somewhat forgiving nature of the gameplay, a very colourful and jolly disposition, and the fact that it is a lot of fun to play.
Interestingly: Roller Coaster was re-made for the Nintendo Game Boy, but not in its original incarnation – it was re-skinned as Dragon’s Lair: The Legend and turned into a slightly different-looking game. It retained the original’s gameplay mechanics and “feel” though.