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Insane genius Austen van Flyswatter has stolen a huge collection of diamonds, and retrieving them involves navigating a succession of fiendishly-designed arrangements of platforms and traps. Does that sound like a job for a retired superhero? Captain Dynamo thinks so, and aims to recapture them for their rightful owner.

Gameplay is platform-based, with 12 (6 in Amiga version) vertically-scrolling levels, each containing around 50 diamonds - the more of these you can collect, the higher your score. Some will require advance planning to reach, while you will often be dependent on booster pads to reach the higher sections of a level.


Captain Dynamo Atari ST Starting level one
Captain Dynamo ZX Spectrum Secret room
Captain Dynamo ZX Spectrum Secret room
Captain Dynamo DOS Arriving at another level.

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Action Amiga Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Atari ST User Atari ST Nov, 1992 80 out of 100 80
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Computing Amiga Dec, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Nov, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Play Time Amiga Dec, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1992 57 out of 100 57
CU Amiga Amiga Nov, 1992 42 out of 100 42
Retro Spirit Games Amiga Feb 22, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40


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Cancelled successor

A sequel was completed for the C64, by Finlay Munro and Wayne Billingham. Although Finlay was paid for the game, it was never released - Codemasters reputedly had around 20 completed games left unreleased when they abandoned the machine.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Platformers (It's a Croaker!)

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