Arcade Software
Not Known
1983
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£5.50
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

40
Chris Passey, Lloyd Mangram
Chris Bourne

Memory Required: 48K
RRP: £5.50
'Chuck, they know what yer doing and they're out to get ya!' She means the Mob, and they're after the secrets of the safe - so are you. From the cover you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a 1940s Chicago adventure, but actually it's an arcade game, where you run back and forth shooting at various things such as 'lips', things on legs firing lasers, little men, arrows, bomb-dropping helicopters, aricraft etc. Eventually you enter 'dagger alley' where men throw daggers at you. At level 25 you get a chance to open the safe. Additional hazards include indestructible falling tyres and a canine point-thief. Keyboard layout is quite good but I thought the man moves slowly. Also I think I spotted a bug in the scoring which sometimes gave me F lives and SSS points.
CP

Despite its name and scenario, this is definitely a galaxian variant, and a rich one too. Dodging the tyres which gather in rows and fall on you gets to be difficult when at the same time you're avoiding the other objects and the little dog that pops up now and again and steals points from you. Fortunately its a wrap around screen, otherwise it would all be impossible! Arcade seem to design games that look easy at first, but being so long tend to wear you down until you start making mistakes. I liked the way that towards the end of each screen the aliens get less and so it all speeds up enormously. Good spread of joystick options. Perhaps its only fair to point out that with 48K in play it has an obvious advantage over the other games in this bunch.
LM

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