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Hercules

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
2.2
Commodore 64
59
2.5
Atari ST
...
5.0
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Description

The 16-bit box calls this ‘The Ultimate Challenge’ and they’re not kidding; this flick-screen platform game is one of the toughest you’ll come across. In the 8-bit versions Hercules has some titanic tasks to complete, whilst in the 16-bit versions his daughter Yolanda has been cursed and can only free herself by completing the same tasks.

Unusually, the game’s dozens of screens are given in a random order, with a different one after you lose each life. You have no weapon with which to harm the various creatures that lurk within. The pace of the enemies is quite hectic, but the real unique feature is that you must keep moving – each platform is set on fire a few seconds after you first touch it.

Screenshots

Hercules ZX Spectrum Title screen
Hercules Atari ST Some Boaring action?
Hercules Commodore 16, Plus/4 Left or right jump?
Hercules Commodore 64 Start; prepare to die in 1.57 seconds

Alternate Titles

  • "Yolanda: The Ultimate Challenge" -- 16-bit Title

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The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 92 out of 100 92
The One for ST Games Atari ST Nov, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1984 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 6.75 out of 10 68
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 4 out of 10 40
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 4 out of 10 40
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1990 30 out of 100 30
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 18 out of 100 18
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 18 out of 100 18
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 10 out of 100 10

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  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #27 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

Contributed to by Kabushi (126175) and Martin Smith (63136)