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US Gold Ltd
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ZX Spectrum 48K

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Phil South
Chris Bourne

(Spec, C64 and Ams; £12.99cs and £19.99dk, C64 disk £14.99)

(Let's face it, if anybody's got a fair amount of good product to offer in a compilation, it's US Gold. A number of Christmas No. 1's under its belt, for sure, and Giants has most of them. This again is choc-a-bloc with coin-ops, like Gauntlet, Rolling Thunder, 720 and OutRun, the only fly in the ointment being California Games. This was hailed as the worst game of all time on certain formats, and just plain vanilla on most others. But the other crucial blockbusters in the package more than make up for CG's complete lack of lustre.

Gauntlet must be one of the best-loved games of all time, in the arcades AND on the small screen. The computer version broke all sales records, and a hail of clones ensued, surely the highest honour for any computer game (imitation being the sincerest, if unwelcome, form of flattery!). 720 and Rolling Thunder had their moments, and to some the Spectrum versions were the best players, oddly enough, but by far the hottest property of all time in the software biz is OutRun. Although US Gold is attempting the same degree of hype and build up with this year's Sega licence, Thunder Blade (they might succeed, and why not?), nothing can really match the excitement of last year's OutRun fever. EVERYONE wanted the game, and most of them bought it. I have a sneaking suspicion that this isn't the last we'll see of it either. US Gold spent too much money on it to let it just die away. I feel a budget release coming on before it finally croaks.

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