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Virgin Games Ltd
1988
Arcade: Adventure
£7.95
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Andy Milton
Chris Bourne

Can Virgin do it again?

Great Scott, Digby! The Mekon's up to his old tricks again. He's poised to unleash his dreaded Supertreens on Earth in this new Gang of Five epic, with only the Pilot of the Future to stop his fiendish schemes. Can you don Dan's spacesuit and save the day?

On each of the game's four side-on view levels, your mission as Dan is to kill the Supertreens by wrecking their life-support capsules. It's a tall order, quite aside from the amount of jetbike-assisted exploration each level calls for. The main enemy is time: as soon as you start blasting Supertreen's you trigger a destruct sequence which will blow the entire level apart. Blast all the remaining capsules and reach the airlock to the next level before the countdown reaches zero, and you'll survive for another round of tougher exploration and wrecking: take too long and it's game over.

But there's plenty to stop you: forcefields block your path, airborne Treens blast away at you and tunnels suck you off course (possibly to your doom). Gun turrets, giant garbage compactors and conveyors also cause problems. Most hazards sap your stamina level - when this reaches zero your dead - but things like compactors lose you one of your six lives straight off.

Sick of being Mr Nice Guy? Want a tougher challenge? Then play the Mekon instead! Dan's already triggered the destruct sequence, the idea goes, so you've got no time for exploration or mistakes Dash round, switch all the Supertreen capsules on and then get in that airlock before the level blows. Manage that and the next level's timer starts immediately, so you really have to know your way round.

Reviewer: Andy Milton

RELEASE BOX
C64/128, £9.95cs, £12.95dk, Imminent
Spec, £7.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 80/100
1 hour: 80/100
1 day: 75/100
1 week: 70/100
1 month: 60/100
1 year: 10/100

The game probably won't last you a month as Dan, but there's still the Mekon mission to tackle.

8/10
5/10
5/10
9/10
814/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Bnght bold clash-free colours make this a great-looking game, but tough controls will cause you some problems at first.

AMSTRAD VERSION

Terrific Gang of Five colours make this a real treat to look at, and carefully drawn graphics capture the original comic-strip's feel precisely.

Graphics: 9/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 5/10

Fun Factor: 9/10

Ace Rating: 838/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 90/100

1 hour: 85/100

1 day: 75/100

1 week: 70/100

1 month: 60/100

1 year: 10/100

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Spectrum: Get too close to that tunnel mouth and you'll be sucked down into the garbage compactor below. Nasty!