Phipps Associates
Not Known
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 16K

Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Rick: Rabbit Software takes a few Pepys into the past (Groan! Ed) with a re-enactment of the Great Fire of London.

1666 style, that is, not the summer of '81 or the autumn of '86. Forget all that stuff about it starting in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane because Alfred burnt his cakes while watching a spider. This fire can start anywhere and if you choose the variable wind option this bright spark of a burn-up will need some fast thought and action if it's to be extinguished.

Don't be diverted by the flashing graphic depicting the fire - even if it does look more like a stroboscope.

Essentially this is a strategy game with a degree of maze built in. A pretty accurate scrolling map unfurls as you. the mayor, frantically beetle around mobilizing water pumps, demolition gangs and gunpowder men to deploy in a complete frenzy to contain the conflagration.

All in all a thorough quick-fire strategy game, which, if not exactly hot stuff has no obvious defects and might give you something to do other than fiddle while London burns around you. 6/10

Ross: Not quite state of the art programming but it's addictive and a pyromaniac's dream. 8/10

Dougie: Being a Scot, I didn't half enjoy burning London down! And I'm sure everyone would enjoy seeing parliament go up in smoke! 8/10