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Hercules (ZX Spectrum)

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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.

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Hercules ZX Spectrum Game over
Hercules ZX Spectrum Main menu
Hercules ZX Spectrum Need to reach the rope
Hercules ZX Spectrum Designed to be converted to the Atari Lynx?

Alternate Titles

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

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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!'

Martin Smith (63061) added Hercules (ZX Spectrum) on Nov 24, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (132109) and Martin Smith (63061)