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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
SpeedLock 1

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Yep, you guessed - it's a Star Wars rip-off with solid colour graphics. It's even got the Star Wars theme tune. I won't tire you with the tale that accompanies the game - it's the usual old tosh about the Death Star approaching Earth in order to destroy it. You must launch your Starfighter with the aim of confronting the enemy.

The game's split into three stages, the first launching sequence requires little skill and less strategy and soon becomes very boring. The snippet of software speech saying 'prepare to launch' sounds like the speaker had a nasty dose of flu when it was recorded. The second stage, out in space, shows your fighter desperately trying to avoid destruction from the barrage of enemy fighters constantly bearing down on you. Rather than battle it out with them it's best to avoid the bulk of them and shoot only those you can't avoid. Quite a doddle as there's a 'dead zone' where you can sit it out in safety.

The final stage in the trench is not pulse-quickening either, and the final explosion's just a flash in the border. So much for saving civilization. I'd heard good reports of this game but it's arrived with a whimper, not a bang. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Three stages of Star-Yawns didn't keep me awake long enough, despite tolerable speed and shootiebang quotient. 1/5 MISS

Dave: Zap Ping Whoosh Yawn! another fast, almost 3D shoot 'em up with reasonable graphics, the usual storyline and a boredom factor of 10! 1/5 MISS