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R&R Software Ltd
1983
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£5.50
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
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Chris Bourne

Helicopter games seem to have been popular recently. In this new game you are commander of a chopper gunship, and your task is to destroy invading aliens. These come in the form of SPINAD, best described as flapping Y shaped things, SPORE and FUSA. The Spinad have a zig-zag formation, moving slowly across the screen from right to left.

Your chopper is stationed on the left and only moves up and down. The Fusa burrow into the earth and then fire out Spores. The other hazard is the weather - it's raining that old arcade favourite, meteors which travel diagonally down the screen. Being hit by anything, of course, means a loss of life.

CRITICISM

'The effect of your travelling over a landscape is done by very slowly scrolling the ground beneath the helicopter, but it doesn't really create the sense of flying. Your rocket fire is reasonably potent and there are two smart bombs when all else fails, but in the end there just isn't very much to this game apart from shooting or dodging the aliens on their predictable path. They get through to you not because you may lack the skill, but because like any good Casino, the odds are stacked slightly in favour of the aliens. '

'The graphics and sound are both good and the game is rather challenging as you can only move up and down. But other than shooting aliens, there doesn't seem to be a lot to it. The game is above average; it's an 'okay' game to play but didn't have much in the way of addictive qualities.'

'The first thing that struck me on playing Chopper X-1 was a sense of disappointment. The cover of the inlay promises a lot, but the game doesn't deliver. All you do is go up and down, dodge meteors and aliens and try to shoot them. Whilst the graphics are reasonably neat and smooth, they aren't all that exciting either. I think I've come to expect more from a Spectrum game, even a 16K one than this offers.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: 6/7 = down/up 0 = fire, 9 = smart bomb
Joystick: Kempston, Mikrogen, AGF, Protek, cursor clip on
Keyboard play: responsive
Colour: average
Graphics: average, nice and big though
Sound: very good
Skill levels: 1
Lives: 3
General Rating: A good idea, but not very exciting to play.

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Dancing bow-ties threaten your Chopper X-1.