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Matand Software
Matthew Holmes
1986
Adventure: Text
£2.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Gary Rook
Chris Bourne

This is the second title I've seen from Matland, and, like the first it's pretty impressive for an independent label.

The action takes place on the distant planet of Alfa-Ren, mankind's last refuge after the Third Word War has turned old mother earth into a radioactive cinder.

Unfortunately, the omnipresent mad professor, here called Deemus, has determined that if he can't rule the planet nobody will. So he's already destroyed half your world with a super bomb. You have only one hope - a time machine built by your boss.

Professor Ferric. The snag is he's already used it so you have to travel into the past yourself, stop the evil scientist's plans from taking shape, and incidentally rescue your boss.

It's a text and graphics adventure, which looks very much like it was written using the Quill and the illustrator.

Graphics are good - quite a lot of care has been taken with them, and there are some pretty good details included in the screens. The text descriptions are adequate: short, but giving you all the information you need to know. There are some grammatical problems, and some clumsy phrasings, but you find those in just about any independent adventure these days.

One nice touch is to allow you to choose between two different character sets: unfortunately, both character sets are equally difficult to read.

There are quite a few locations, including a spaceship, a city in the desert, adventure, which looks very much like it was written using the Quill and the illustrator.

Graphics are good - quite a lot of care has been taken with them, and there are some pretty good details included in the screens. The text descriptions are adequate: short, but giving you all the information you need to know. There are some grammatical problems, and some clumsy phrasings, but you find those in just about any independent adventure these days.

One nice touch is to allow you to choose between two different character sets: unfortunately, both character sets are equally difficult to read.

There are quite a few locations, including a spaceship, a city in the desert.

Label: Matland, 29 Moorland Road, Michelover, Derby
Author: M Holmes
Price: £2.95
Memory: 48K/128K
Reviewer: Gary Rook

****

Good graphics, interesting plot-line. Should keep you amused for a while. Definitely one of the strong 'indi' adventures.

4/5