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Topo Soft
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
Multiple languages
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Go! Get 'em Floyd.

Wyatt Earp you ain't, but some over-worked and underpaid sheriff you is. You've got five stages (four on some versions) to complete, and some mean gun-toting critters to avoid.

The first stage is a continually vertically scrolling shoot-em-up set in a western town. Baddies come from the top and bottom of the screen and the idea is simply to shoot them before they shoot you. Extra benefits are available in the game by shooting stars found lying on the floor - you don't get a helpful benefit every time though so you have to be careful when approaching the shot stars. At the end of each level there's a particularly vicious baddie to dispose of before you proceed to the next level. On Level Two you're trying to cause as much damage as possible to the railway station.

Survive this and next you're on your way down a canyon full of blood-thirsty injuns! The next stage has you shooting the rapids avoiding alligators, Indians and a host of other hazards, before you finally come face to face with a young scamp lobbing boomerangs at you in a very determined fashion. Complete all the levels and you can rest assured that the remainder of the citizens can sleep soundly in their beds.

Gunsmoke offers nothing more than the average shoot-em-up, except some poor animation and annoying gameplay. The inability to turn round and shoot baddies that are coming up behind you is particularly annoying. There's nothing here to get the adrenalin pumping for very long.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

Spec, £8.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
C64/128, Under development

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 50/100
1 hour: 58/100
1 day: 50/100
1 week: 35/100
1 month: 12/100
1 year: 0/100

Nothing much in here to shout about.


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The sprites are all black and rollerskate unconvincingly around the place. Sound effects are poor and don't do anything to add excitement. As shoot-em-ups go, this is not one of the best.

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Beware that chap on horseback - he'll start lobbing bombs at you.