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1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£7.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Hewson fight piracy.

Cargo collecting, alien shooting, obstacle avoiding - it's all in this latest offering from Raffaele Cecco (he of Exolon and Equinox fame). The plot's simple enough; it would appear that pirates have raided a number of Federation storage depots and plan to make off with the precious cargo.

You're given a Cybernoid ship in which to retrieve and return the cargo to a depot within the specified time, and just to make life difficult the pirates have also activated all the planetary defence systems, and there are still loads of pirates in the vicinity. The pirates are not so tough to deal with as you're armed with a front-firing gun and a small supply of bombs to start with, and you can find extra weapons scattered around the planet, making the task of destroying aliens a mite easier. The planetary defences are another matter though. Timing is the key to getting past most of the obstacles (if you can't destroy them with a well-aimed bomb) and some very careful positioning.

All this makes for a very good-looking, very playable and very frustrating game that is also very unoriginal. Cybernoid adds a new twist to the Exolon genre of games but it doesn't add anything that hasn't been seen and done a hundred times before. If you're a fan of this type of game then you'll probably love it to bits, but if you're looking for something new and innovative, then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £8.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 75/100
1 hour: 80/100
1 day: 75/100
1 week: 60/100
1 month: 50/100
1 year: 20/100

Very addictive, very frustrating, but also very unoriginal.

7/10
8/10
2/10
8/10
766/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

The graphics are good and the music is jaunty. Gameplay is fine and generally the game lives up to all expectations. Highly playable and very frustrating.

C64 VERSION

Arguably the best of the bunch. The graphics are very smooth and colourful and the music's very listenable. Gameplay is terrific and if you enjoy games that have you tearing out your hair in a short space of time, you won't be disappointed with Cybernoid.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: 8/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 8/10

Ace Rating: 772/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 80/100

1 hour: 80/100

1 day: 75/100

1 week: 60/100

1 month: 50/100

1 year: 20/100

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C64 - You've got a swirling drone and plenty of cargo to pick up.