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Stephen Renton
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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5 (Supplement)
Chris Bourne

CONTINUING its attraction for graphics adventures, Carnell Software produced The Crypt for the 48K Spectrum. The game is like The Black Crystal, although the scenario is a series of underground crypts which contain various treasures and monsters.

Unfortunately, for an animated game in which the players move around the screen, it is very slow. The slowness creates difficulty during play and after you have been through two crypts, picking up a sword or fighting a monster, you could become disenchanted with the package. Alternatively, a monster could zap you before you get anywhere and you would have to start the game again.

If the threat from the monsters is not sufficient you will also have to contend with the poison which the monsters may exude; if you are really unfortunate you will meet the dark cyclops.

The Crypt should be a fascinating and entertaining game but its slowness and the ease with which you can die detracts from its appeal.

Memory: 48K
Price: £4.95