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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 Commodore 64 Some background
Hercules Atari ST Tasks are chosen at random
Hercules ZX Spectrum Level introduction
Hercules Atari ST Game over

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 92 out of 100 92
The One Atari ST Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 15 out of 20 75
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) Amiga Sep, 1990 27 out of 100 27
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 18 out of 100 18
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17

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Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #27 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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