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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.


Hercules Commodore 64 Some background
Hercules Commodore 64 Title
Hercules Commodore 64 Game over; name entry
Hercules Commodore 64 Start; prepare to die in 1.57 seconds

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Alternate Titles

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

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Zzap! Sep, 1986 92 out of 100 92
Computer Gamer Aug, 1986 15 out of 20 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1984 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1986 6.75 out of 10 68
Commodore User Sep, 1986 4 out of 10 40
Your Commodore Oct, 1987 4 out of 10 40
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1986 3 out of 10 30


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  • 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 (66870) added Hercules (Commodore 64) on Nov 24, 2005
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