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… for about five minutes, now we just get this or a black screen - but, this does suggest that the Ted is probably ok

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Obviously I’ll be checking voltages before I try to use it, but I should be able to test the Plus/4 now

Jess has a bit of a poorly stomach at the moment, but she kept her dinner down so hopefully it’s just the food we have disagreeing with her

And finally, Fighter Pilot. A flight sim- I’ve never had the greatest success with them - but this one uses joysticks which is great because the Cheetah Bollistick is obviously the greatest flight controller known to man

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The penultimate game is Deadman, a hangman game. They’ve extended it by adding some other corporal punishment options, the face especially is haunting

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Mayday is a text adventure, in the first room it told me there was a computer box, I typed get computer box and it said it wasn’t there - that’s all I need to see

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Snapman, no points for getting what this is a clone of. Did these developers have access to an early much slower Amstrad or something? Because this also runs at a ridiculous speed. Fortunately the AI appears to be based on line of sight

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Alien Intruders, finally we get our Space Invaders clone, albeit one written by developers mainlining speed. It’s almost impossibly fast at the beginning … and then speeds up

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Classic games first, it’s another one by Computing with the Amstrad. Annoyingly it doesn’t seem to stop the tape when the menu appears

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I managed to load Swamp, which is a weird Pacman clone where you’re collecting frogspawn and the frogs are after you, but then the tape starts to fail

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Starfleet loaded, I assumed it was going to be a Space Invaders clone, instead it’s more like tailgunner with some very ‘inspired’ enemy ships

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This has the same thing as Steve Davis Snooker where you have to hit a key for each block of data

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Now it’s Think! I’m wasn’t holding many hopes out on this one and, indeed, it turned out to be an odd version of connect4 where you could slide other pieces and put them anywhere on the board

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Into Oblivion loaded, haven’t got a clue what to do though - probably should have read the instructions

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