Saboteur 95: The 8-bit Retro Remake


Saboteur was really big during the 8-bit gaming era, and, at least to my mind, it reached almost mythical proportions. It was, you see, a game I first played only a few years ago, but one I kept reading about for over a decade. Surprisingly, it now seems as if the Greek gaming press was -for once- right. Saboteur, still a great game and a very balanced platform, adventure, beat-’em-up hybrid that can be as addictive as any contemporary time-sink, must have been quite a shock of grandeur for ZX Spectrumgamers.

To experience said shock (play an original version of the game, that is) you could grab a free copy from the brilliant World of Spectrum mega-site, but, should you be one of them delicate souls that can’t stand true retro colour-clash graphics, you could do worse than download the brilliant freeware Saboteur 95 retro remake.


Saboteur 95 is fully Windows compatible, sports shiny 16-bit 320×200 graphics, 400 rooms, secret areas and a lovely 2D variety of enemies. Oh, and there are CD-covers, patches, maps and a variety of ..uh.. stuff available for it too.

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Konstantinos Dimopoulos

Hi, my name is Gnome, a.k.a Konstantinos and I own the blog Gnome's Lair which is all about gaming in all of its many and varied guises. It is thus about computer & video games, old games, new games, indie games, adventure games, free games, board games, ludology, game creation, RPGs, books on games, games on books, and well the theory of and in games.

15 thoughts on “Saboteur 95: The 8-bit Retro Remake

  • July 24, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Wow! That’s excellent! Easy to download and very playable!
    Thanks Gnome!

  • July 25, 2007 at 5:57 AM

    And let’s not forget… easy to install too 🙂 Glad you liked it Father. Hope your fith in homebrew/freeware is restored…

  • July 25, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    If it was all as simple as that it would be! I fully understand that my main problem with homebrew is my technical limitaions…

  • July 25, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Wow. I remember a copy I got for my old 386.

    It had horrible graphics and I could not turn off the internal speaker sound until after the intro. *SQUEAL* *squeal8 *SQUEAL* *Swark* *SQUEAL* *squeal* *squeal*

    But the game play was actually pretty cool.

    I liked picking up rocks and sai and throwing them at the guards. And flying in on a hang-glider was uber cool.

    I was never able to get near finishing the game though.

    Good Post.

  • July 25, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    But, the PC, huh dear Father? Best gaming platform for a reason… everything bloody works..

    Ah, you must be referring to Saboteur II, right dear Caleb? Haven’t played it to be honest. Only the premier one and not on a PC… Thanks.

  • July 25, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    (wearing a balaclava and a black jumpsuit, the mysterious man sneaks up behind Gnomes posts and superglues the link to Gnomes page….
    Jumps out open window…..)


  • July 25, 2007 at 3:50 PM


    Oh dear, dear… What are we gonna do now? Hold on. Think I heard something!

  • July 26, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    (the elderly sabouteur lies motionless in the middle of Gnomes Hydrangea bush…..paralysed from the neck down…..)

    erm…. hello?… can anyone hear me?

  • July 27, 2007 at 7:17 AM

    What? A talking plant? Where am I? Fangorn? Blimey!

  • July 27, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    A talking plant?

    Gnome, there is only one cure when plants start talking.

    *takes out petrol can and a butane lighter*

    Now we shall begin the ritual to rid ourselfs of this cursed foliage!

    -And by ritual I mean burning it of course-

  • August 6, 2007 at 7:03 AM

    Surely Treebeard will be upset… Doesn’t enjoy fires an quite frankly I think he is Fangorn…

    Better give it some more thought oh Caleb the pyromaniac…

  • August 25, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Hmm… can’t remember if I’ve played this remake or not. Downloading now to aid my memory! 😀


  • August 25, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    A wise move indeed…

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Thanks for covering this game of mine 🙂 I'm happy people still enjoy it. And if you're interested in the cheats password, email me.

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:50 AM

    You're most welcome dear Alex. Thanks of an excellent retro-remake! Oh, and there's really no need to bother with them passwords. I'm sure our readers will have managed just fine, what with their superhuman gaming abilities.

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