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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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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

Pirate pranging with Hewson.

Those pirates are back again and stealing Federation cargo, so naturally you've been delegated to slap a few wrists, pop a few heads and get it all back again.

The mission is not dissimilar from the original game, although additional features have been added to try to jazz it up. It's a flick screen cross between a shoot-em-up and an arcade adventure, with the emphasis firmly on the blasting. Each screen presents a bunch of nasty aliens who have to be turned into ex-aliens or just avoided.

The bad guys come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and behaviour patterns. On most screens they come in great numbers and you'll need all your skill and weapons to survive.

The weapons have been beefed up, which is just as well with all those vicious aliens around. You're now armed with bombs, time bombs, shield, bouncing bombs, seeker, smart bombs and tracer. These can kill virtually all known aliens, dead, but are in short supply at the start. Extra killpower can be picked up along the way as ammunition, or extra weapons in the form of a backward firing gun and a large sphere that circles the ship.

Despite the impressive firepower it's still an extremely difficult game to play. The odds are stacked against you and after dying once, losing weapons in the process, it's even harder to survive. This sort of manic gameplay appeals to many game freaks but there's not much originality and no concession to those wanting a less demanding task.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £7.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
16-bit versions under development

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 68/100
1 hour: 90/100
1 day: 68/100
1 week: 55/100
1 month: 35/100
1 year: 10/100

Same old thing at first, then the addiction bites, but it soon passes, to leave an average game.

8/10
6/10
2/10
7/10
672/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Graphics and sound up to the standard of the first game - and they're slick. Gameplay is just as addictive and frustrating.

AMSTRAD VERSION

The best looking of the three, with the same testing gameplay.

Graphics: 9/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 672/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 68/100

1 hour: 90/100

1 day: 68/100

1 week: 55/100

1 month: 35/100

1 year: 10/100

C64 VERSION

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 68/100

1 hour: 90/100

1 day: 68/100

1 week: 55/100

1 month: 35/100

1 year: 10/100

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Entering at the bottom left you are confronted by a screenful of alien killers.