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Based on the movie of the same name, Total Recall puts you in charge of Douglas Quaid, who must find a way to Mars in order to find the answers to his two questions: why is he being hunted, and who is hunting him. In order to do this, Quaid must go through level after level of beating up bad guys that get in his way.

Some of the levels differ in gameplay, and range between action and driving scenes. The action scenes mainly require you to collect some items before leaving the level. You have only one chance to complete the current level, which means that if your energy is lost, the game ends. Energy is lost if you are attacked by an obstacle, or if you are shot at by an enemy. You can gain more energy by either collecting some pills or a heart, depending on the platform.


Total Recall Amstrad CPC Did you know that I helped Warren with the graphics?
Total Recall Amstrad CPC Driving on the surface of Mars
Total Recall Amstrad CPC Got the briefcase
Total Recall ZX Spectrum Too many hits.......

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Total Recall Concept Art Graphic animation frames by Mark R. Jones for the scrapped Spectrum version of 'Total Recall'. The graphics for the main character of Quaid and a 'Total Recall' logo. The first 6 frames at the bottom are how he would appear to die on the screen. The black, negative outline graphics are called 'masks' and were required by the programmer to enable each graphic to pass over background graphics without making it disappear.
Total Recall Concept Art A drawing by <a href=",12550/">Steve Cain</a> drawn in preparation of a major revamp of the design by <a href=",1710/">Simon Butler</a> after a disastrous initial design.
Total Recall Concept Art
Total Recall Concept Art Graphic animation frames by Mark R. Jones for the scrapped Spectrum version of 'Total Recall'. A 6 frame explosion followed by various pick ups for a top down driving section (which was an obvious nod to Ultimate's 'Tranz Am', judging by the 2 graphics on the right from that game).

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Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84


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Split? 6 Pseudo_Intellectual (47942)
Feb 04, 2010


This was one of the more fraught development cycles of the day. A team including Mark Jones started work on a game which was never finished, then the team who were hired to write the final version left the project halfway through, although Ocean's in-house guys eventually completed the project themselves.
Contributed to by Kabushi (174439) and *Katakis* (38317)