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Code Masters Ltd
Arcade: Adventure
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Chris Bourne

Spectrum, Amstrad: £2.99

Conspicuous by the lack of any "Simulator" tag, Codemasters' Death Stalker is an arcade adventure with a heavy scent of fantasy. The main character - a sorcerer with violent tendencies - is guided around the earthy rural landscape, on a mission to discover the lost key of darkness and in so doing, he descends into the "Deeper Dungeons".

En route, potions and items are collected as the solution to later puzzles, prisoners are rescued from their bondage and attacking members of the undead are despatched by nifty sword play.

Sections of the landscape appear only in proximity to the main character, and so the route gradually unfolds as progress is made. Gameplay is a little slower that it might have been, and the combat is pretty pallid stuff, but there's still a definite urge to explore.

Both Amstrad and Spectrum versions are reasonably colourful and should help while away an hour or two.