DEFENDA, for the Spectrum, is hardly earth-shaking and it would barely register on the Richter scale of software, as it is yet another version of the well-worn arcade favourite Defender.
InterstelLa, the company which manufactures the game, may be new to the software scene and the Spectrum but that is no excuse for producing a game which appears outdated and uninventive.
You will experience a sudden attack of deja vu as your ship appears above an alien landscape. It can move in all directions on the screen. As it moves horizontally the landscape below it scrolls across the screen and the aliens materialise, ready to kill or be killed.
As in the arcade version, the alien ships have a habit of picking up refugees who are on the ground. If you shoot an alien which is carrying a refugee the little figure will fall to the ground and die. It is also your job to rescue refugees who look as though they may meet with a sticky end.
The game is joystick-compatible but it is scarcely worth using such an aid as the keyboard is ample for earning points. Neither it it worth moving through to the depths of skill in the game as the graphics do not become any more than ordinary. It can be obtained from iIterstella Software, 82 New Forest Drive, Brockenhurst.
Joystick: Interface Two, Kempston