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Lunar Jetman, BBC Micro

The BBC Micro conversion of Ultimate‘s classic Lunar Jetman is a very good one, using a high res display mode for the graphics, which are mostly monochrome (just like the Spectrum original).

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Sabre Wulf, Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 version of Ultimate‘s classic Sabre Wulf was made by Greg Duddle of Mr. Micro for Firebird Software, who published the game in 1985.

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Sabre Wulf, Amstrad CPC

The Amstrad conversion of Sabre Wulf features the same chunky graphics as the BBC version, except with some extra colouring. It does make make a difference though. The Amstrad version doesn’t look quite as harsh as the BBC version.

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Sabre Wulf, BBC Micro

The BBC Micro version of Ultimate Play The Game‘s classic Sabre Wulf is so chunky and garish that it hurts the eyes! That said: it plays well enough.

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Alien 8, ZX Spectrum

The original ZX Spectrum version of Alien 8 was first released in 1985, not long after Knight Lore had already blown the world away with its incredible isometric graphics and characteristic gameplay.

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Jet Pac, VIC-20

Jet Pac on the Commodore VIC-20 is pretty much the same as the classic ZX Spectrum version. It even has ‘colour clash’ like the original…

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Gunfright, ZX Spectrum

Another isometric action adventure from Ultimate Play The Game, this one with a Wild West theme.

Gunfright was first released in 1985 and uses the Filmation II Engine as first seen in Nightshade.

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Nightshade, ZX Spectrum

Nightshade is an isometric action adventure, released by Ultimate Play The Game for the ZX Spectrum in 1985.

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Tranz Am, ZX Spectrum

Set in a post-apocalypse USA (in the year 3472, no less), Tranz Am is an overhead racing game where the aim is to collect eight cups (The Great Cups of Ultimate), which have been randomly dispersed around the continent.

Fuel is scarce, and finding petrol pumps is essential in the battle to keep going. Obstacles will lose you a car if you crash into them, and other cars pull kamikaze style attacks on you.

Tranz Am – alongside Jet Pac, Pssst, and Cookie – comprise the early Ultimate 16K collection from 1983, all of which are considered classics for good reason.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tranz_Am

Pssst, ZX Spectrum

Featuring a cute robot (called Robbie) whose job it is to keep the insects away from the plants.

Pssst is another cute – and excellent – arcade-style action game from Ultimate Play The Game – part of their 16K ZX Spectrum “marvels” collection from 1983.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pssst