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Elite Systems Ltd
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ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Phil South
Chris Bourne

(Spec, C64 and Ams; £12.99cs and £17.99dk, C64 disk £14.99)

Take Frank Bruno's Big Box for example. The names sound familiar, and why not? They've been on Elite compos before, especially Batty and Battleships, and Scooby Doo and 1942 were already on one of its Hit Pak collections. (Who us? The same as Hit Pak? Nahhhh!!!!) Featured games on Frankie's Box are Frank Bruno's Boxing, Commando, Scooby Doo, Ghosts 'N' Goblins, Batty, 1942, Airwolf, Bomb Jack, Saboteur and Battleships. That's 10 originally full-priced games at 13 quid! The games haven't worn much with age. Look at Batty, for instance. Even on the Spectrum it's one of the best Arkanoid clones ever, and in a lot of ways more addictive. Battleships you may have seen reviewed in a couple of magazines at the time it was supposed to come out, but it never did. Elite's excuse was that it wasn't up to scratch, but how it levels that with the fact that the mags all gave it full marks I don't know. It's a reworking of the battleships game you play with pen and paper. You fire at the squares of a grid trying to guess where your opponent has placed his ships, you know the one! (Incidentally, if you see an Amiga version of this game, check it out as it's the best one of the lot!) Of the other games 1942, Bomb Jack, Ghosts 'N' Goblins, and Commando are fine examples of Elite's ability to spot a good coin-op license when it sees one. All four are not bad at all, although I particularly recommend Bomb Jack on the Speccy, and Ghosts 'N' Goblins on the C64. These two get my vote as past favourite games which I'd gladly play now.

Not Rated