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Company created in 1986 by Dave Palmer (former founder of Alligata) and Roger Hulley, running from Sheffield and Pontefract, until 1988 when Dave Palmer left to found Hi-Tec Softare.

A budget games company which went into the fray in the late 80's, with a mixture of its own games and re-releases. They were immensely popular on the Electron which was starved of Superior's later releases, they also managed to get a lot of re-release deals with companies such as Domark, Mastertronic and the like.

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Fruit Worm

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This one is a bit like snake, you have to move around the screen eating all the fruit. The graphics are pretty good for an Alternative game, its quite fun for once! The music is very very VERY annoying though, still it is one of their best.


Golf

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Very simple golf game, you just select which direction you want to hit the ball in, and how far you want it to go. Thats it! The ball will go as far as you want it, I bet all golfers wish that they could do the same! The graphics are average mode 2/5 viewed from above, there isn't really much detail to speak of.


Grand Prix

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A racing game, top down in the style of Stock-Car Racing by Micropower. Its quite fun, and pretty tough too. The graphics are a bit lame, but work well enough, and for once the animation is quite good. Its a very basic game, but basic doesnt mean boring.


Grebit

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Pretty average Frogger clone, it isnt really too bad actually apart from a spot of dodgy collision detection! The graphics are pretty good, and it plays quite well. For a triple decker game this is one of the best they did, in fact Triple Decker 8 as a whole seems to have been well worth the 1.99.


Haunted House

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A fairly decent title, this is basically just a shoot-em-up with a ghostly theme. A weird thing is that you can only fire when facing sideways, you can't shoot up or down, obviously a limitation of the game. Also the game purports to be written by a 'Peter Scott' whether this is the famous one or not is dubious as he doesnt claim to have written it!


Howzat

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Very scruffy cricket game, basically all you do is decide whether to run or not, I suppose for the price it wouldnt be too bad, but the graphics are very ropey and reminiscent of a magazine listing game.


Indoor Soccer

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If you don't know what I mean by Sprite flicker, then look no furthur than this game, it is apallingly bad. The sprites are very dull, and extrememly simply made, the whole game is probably the worst football game I have ever played. If you ever bought this game, then you must have either incredibly bad taste or incredibly bad luck!


Invasion Force

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A fairly decent Space Invaders clone, the graphics are pretty neat but the sound is very annoying. I think it must have been a requirement for BBC Games companies to make at least one Space Invaders clone. Again Alternative shows limitations in the fact that only 12 aliens can be on screen at one time, whereas more sophisticated clones had about twice this number.


Jam Butty

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Released by Alternative, but also must have been a Micro User type-in game as this is printed at the start of the game. An below average platformer in which you have to collect all the butties on the level. Its very annoying because the way your character jumps is very slow and unresponsive. Only one for platform addicts.


Karate Warrior

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Two-player Karate game, you fight against each other in order to be the first to achieve black-belt status. It is quite limited, with only four moves available, and no blocking moves. So if somebody gets hit then they are down for good! The graphics are quite good for an Alternative game, with suitable Oriental music. One of the better games.