Crash Reviews


Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Jackal Konami Ltd 47% (Issue 48, p164) A boring and bad looking arcade conversion.
Jack and the Beanstalk Thor Computer Software 68% (Issue 7, p92) Perhaps too frustrating to be completely playable and addictive.
Jack Charlton's Match Fishing Alligata Software Ltd 74% (Issue 18, p48) An interesting game with probably limited appeal for those who prefer making a lot of noise on the river bank. Ratings from a fisher-persons viewpoint.
Jack in Crazyland Turtle Software (Issue 20, p82) Highly recommended. An interesting and amusing storyline which will keep children engrossed for hours. Suitable for use both in the home and in school.
Jack in Magicland Turtle Software (Issue 17, p86) Excellent.
Jack the Nipper Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd  93% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 30, p16) A great game for all you naughty types...
Jack the Nipper Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd 90% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 67, p44) A fantastic game, and even on release deserves a Smash rating.
Jack the Nipper 2: In Coconut Capers Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd 87% (Issue 46, p124) A superb continuation of Jack the Nipper's exploits.
Jack the Ripper CRL Group PLC 72% (Issue 48, p55) An unsophisticated adventure with lots of witty writing and a much-discussed bloodliness.
Jack the Ripper CRL Group PLC 80% (Issue 97, p42) A good adventure which would've been even better if the authors had stuck to the original historical horror theme.
Jade Stone, The Marlin Games 79% (Issue 53, p48) Its unusual and light-hearted tone should appeal to beginners and veteran adventurers alike.
Jahangir Khan World Championship Squash  Krisalis Software Ltd 71% (Issue 88, p47) A playable sports sim that improves with practice.
Jail Break Konami Ltd 47% (Issue 38, p25) An alarming disappointment, coming as it does from the arcade masters.
Jasper Micromega 91% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 10, p98) Addictive, highly playable and highly recommended.
Jaws Screen 7 Ltd 80% (Issue 66, p42) Not so much Jaws the movie, more a playable underwater blast.
Jester Quest Nebula Designs Software 66% (Issue 56, p58) I'll venture to say that it's more likely to appeal to younger adventurers and anyone else who can stand the awful, grisly jokes.
Jet Bike Simulator Code Masters Plus 75% (Issue 50, p101) This is a good treatment of the jet-bike theme smothered with presentation, but the basic game is too much like BMX Simulator and Grand Prix Simulator.
Jet Set Willy Software Projects Ltd 95% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 4, p8) To date, one of the most addictive and finest Spectrum games.
Jet Set Willy 2: The Final Frontier Software Projects Ltd 61% (Issue 19, p45) Very good... but not much progress.
Jetsons, The Hi-Tec Software Ltd 85% (Issue 97, p12) The crazy antics of the futuristic cartoon family come to life on your Spectrum.
Jewels of Babylon, The Interceptor Micros Software 60% (Issue 13, p96) Could prove a challenge.
Jewels of Darkness (Compilation) Rainbird Software Ltd 94% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 36, p148)  Super entertainment.
Jimmy's Soccer Manager Beyond Belief 30% (Issue 96, p61) The truth is there are much better soccer management games around if you look for them.
Jimmy's Super League Beyond Belief 32% (Issue 98, p74) Dodgy graphics, dull gameplay and hellishly slow running speed make it a real stinker.
Jinxter Rainbird Software Ltd 92% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 51, p43) A well-crafted scenario, immediately accessible puzzles, and a flexible parser make this a must for the compulsive adventurer.
Jock and the Time Rings Atlantis Software Ltd 32% (Issue 29, p25) A very boring and slow collect-'em-up.
Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts Zeppelin Games Ltd 76% (Issue 89, p45) Six games make a refreshing change from the usual boring darts games.
Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge Zeppelin Games Ltd 54% (Issue 62, p69) All you get is the screen where you throw the dart and an aerial view of some beer belly throwing a dart at the board.
Joe Blade Players Software 84% (Issue 44, p30) Extremely playable and addictive.
Joe Blade 2 Players Software 90% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 57, p30) A worthy successor to Joe Blade with superb presentation and addictive gameplay.
Joe Blade 3 Players Premier Software 88% (Issue 73, p47) Neat touches are what makes this so successful, coupled with an excellent quality of graphics and sound.
Johnny Reb 2 MC Lothlorien Ltd 82% (Issue 33, p53) Very reasonable in most respects, admirable in some.
Jokers Wild Phoenix Software Ltd 69% (Issue 3, p28) Good value if you can crack the code!
Jonah Barrington's Squash New Generation Software 87% (Issue 17, p118) A difficult but absorbing simulation that should appeal heavily to sports game enthusiasts, but probably has a wider appeal as well.
Jonny Quest in Dr. Zin's Underworld Hi-Tec Software Ltd 73% (Issue 97, p63) A nice little platform game with more depth than many.
Journey, The Temptation Software Ltd 80% (Issue 13, p104) Different and worth a look at.
Journey's End Games Workshop 60% (Issue 23, p126) Part One - very poor. The rest is quite interesting.
Judge Dredd Melbourne House 42% (Issue 38, p24) A valuable licence shot to pieces in Mega City 1 - an awful pity.
Judge Dredd Virgin Games Ltd 78% (Issue 81, p48) A fine blasting romp marred by repetitive gameplay.
Juggernaut CRL Group PLC 73% (Issue 19, p118) Different but not exceptional.
Jump Ventamatic 70% (Issue 9, p18) A difficult arcade game which may frustrate some, but should prove addictive to those who persevere.
Jumpy Snake Blues and Honky Tonk Software Cottage (Issue 16, p63) The four games assume no musical knowledge at all and are quite fun to play as well as being instructional.
Jungle Adventure CCS 60% (Issue 6, p74) It is a simple game but has that easy charm of a game well thought out and colourfully implemented.
Jungle Jumble Computer Tutor (Issue 19, p103) Recommended. Children will enjoy it, and as the questions can be changed, the game represents good value for money. You can also load in science questions from a data tape.
Junior Wordsplits Sulis Software Ltd (Issue 33, p49) Useful in a limited way, but rather unimaginative.
Just Imagine Central Solutions 59% (Issue 25, p109) Lacking in satisfaction and entertainment because of the abortive nature of play.


Transcriptions by Chris Bourne 
Sinclair ZX Spectrum