Never before was a true cartoon adventure game fully realised in all it's glory until 1987 with The Oliver Twins' Dizzy:The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure. I originally got this as a demo on a magazine cover tape, and immediately wanted the full game. You control Dizzy, a lovable hero egg as you guide him to defeat the evil wizard Zaks. High challenge, loads of pitfalls, excellent music and a wonderful environment, Dizzy was the closest mascot figure that represented the 8-bit home computer generation, and one to be remembered very fondly. A classic game for the Spectrum and CPC.
Honorable Mentions - Double Dragon, Driller, Daley Thompsons Decathlon.
Amstrad CPC coverart tape version.