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Mike A. Richardson
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ross Holman, Roger Willis, Dave Nicholls
Chris Bourne

Dave: Combat Lynx is a battle simulation program that has you flying your Lynx helicopter around a three-dimensional battlefield (which is randomly created for each game); you have to perform the dual function of destroying enemy forces and supplying your bases.

Controlling your helicopter can be a bit of a nightmare, because there are four command modes and some keys are used in more than one mode to perform different functions. Even allowing for this, there are nearly 30 control keys (most are re-definable) although any keyboard reading joystick can be used for five of them.

The screen shows your flight instruments and a rather peculiar view of your helicopter. It's strange because, although you can fly in any direction, the view of the landscape is always North, South, East or West, with the helicopter graphic turning through up to 45 degrees. When you turn far enough, the screen blacks out and re-draws with the landscape turned through 90 degrees. These factors neatly conspire to turn what is basically a very good game into a mess. 2/5 MISS

Ross: The representation of the hills and valleys is well performed and fast. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Sorry Colonel, but it ain't simulator material for hackers with Falklands Factor aspirations and it ain't simple enough for all us conscientious objectors still hiding in arcades. 2/5 MISS