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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 ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Total Recall ZX Spectrum Option screen
Total Recall ZX Spectrum Too many hits.......
Total Recall ZX Spectrum Quaid begins his mission

Promo Images

Total Recall Concept Art The original 4 page games design, Page 3.
Total Recall Screenshot A mock up screen made of the very first day of the project. Printed in a magazine using the WRONG colours. I had, childishly, put a graphic of a used tampon (6th graphic block along the bottom) in the screen. The magazine had obviously spotted this, changed the colours, thus making the red end green. Ahem!
Total Recall Concept Art Spectrum graphic windows by Mark R. Jones made for the scrapped Spectrum version of 'Total Recall'. Based on Steve Cain's drawings.
Total Recall Concept Art A mocked up 'game complete' screen for the scrapped Spectrum version.

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


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Split? 6 Pseudo_Intellectual (60344)
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.
Kabushi (209431) added Total Recall (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 30, 2004
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