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Virgin Games Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Virgin have another bash at some baddies.

Watch out Cobra, here come the Action Force (again). This Prohibition-type shoot-em-up puts the life of one of Action Force's best men in your hands. You play the part of upstanding Acton Force agent Airtight, and it's your job to protect your buddy Quick Kick from Cobra terrorists.

The evil Cobra fiends are holding a whole bunch of hostages in the slums of the city. Quick Kick starts his rescue mission at the base of a building and will climb his way to the top, regardless of any hidden dangers. It's up to you then to look out for him and ensure he comes to no harm by guiding an on-screen cross-hair sight and picking off the Cobra terrorists who appear in windows, doors and even dustbins.

If Quick Kick makes it to the top of the building some hostages will be freed and picked up by an A.F. helicopter and ferried to safety. The player then gets to choose what weapon he should use for the next building. The weapons include a machine gun, a bazooka and what's called a Bio-gun. Each weapon has its advantages and disadvantages, so choose carefully. Every third level of the game puts the player up against a Cobra tank. To defeat this the player has to waggle the joystick to fire a set number of shots within a time limit - fail to do this and Quick Kick loses one of his initial three lives. Failure to shoot the terrorists before they shoot at Quick Kick also loses him a life, as does allowing him to run out of energy. Shooting Action Force flags pinned to the walls enough times replenishes the energy.

Although the game style is not original and it doesn't take long to learn the whereabouts of the enemy on any particular level, it's playable stuff with plenty of that "just one more go" addictiveness.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

Spec, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
No other versions planned

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 80/100
1 hour: 90/100
1 day: 90/100
1 week: 60/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 15/100

Frustratingly addictive - at least in the short-term.


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The graphics are superb and the game plays very well. It doesn't take long to get hooked but the repetitive nature of the game means you will eventually tire of it.

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Use the on-screen sights to keep Quick Kick out of danger.