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Topo Soft
1988
Arcade: Action
£8.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Steve Jarratt
Chris Bourne

US Gold bit the bullet.

Detective Eliot has picked up the scent of illegal alcohol, and the trail leads him from the port, through the city centre to the city outskirts, and to a showdown in the gangsters' warehouse.

The route is fiercely guarded by hordes of hoodlums who appear from behind packing cases, at windows and out of the sewers. They are all intent on stopping the dick dead in his tracks, and so Eliot must run the gauntlet of gunfire and hand-grenade explosions.

To protect himself, Eliot jumps, ducks and fires his Tommy gun, which he can point in five directions, covering himself from attack in front, behind and above.

A brief respite from the assault comes at intervals when Eliot climbs into his customised Chevrolet and powers across town, safe from the hail of bullets. He can still gun down the opposition, though, by sticking his head out of the window Dirty Harry-style.

Not really a bad shoot-em-up, but Chicago 30's is simply lacking in variety. There's little difference in gameplay throughout the four levels, and extended play soon grows tiresome.

Reviewer: Steve Jarratt

RELEASE BOX
Atari ST, £19.99dk, Imminent
Spec, 128 £8.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
No other versions planned

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 70/100
1 hour: 75/100
1 day: 60/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 35/100
1 year: 5/100

Entertaining for the first few goes, but limited variety see interest fall off with progress.

7/10
2/10
2/10
5/10
598/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Clean, two-colour graphics with smooth parallax scrolling. However, enemy fire is frequently difficult to see against the detailed backdrops. Control of Eliot is fairly painless, and the speed of play makes the game easily accessible. Sound is kept to a minimum: simple gunshot effects only.

AMSTRAD VERSION

More colourful than the Spectrum, but blocky, slow and much less entertaining. Enemy shots are even more difficult to see than on its Z80 brother, adding a good dose of frustration to the proceedings, and sound is equally poor.

Graphics: 6/10

Audio: 2/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 4/10

Ace Rating: 464/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 68/100

1 hour: 65/100

1 day: 55/100

1 week: 35/100

1 month: 0/100

1 year: 0/100

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Spectrum - Detective Eliot's efforts are viewed as if on stage. As lives are lost, his proximity to death is signalled by the bored audience leaving the show!