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CP Software
Chris Whittington
1984
Arcade: Maze
£5.95
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Chris Bourne

'No comment on the political points in this game! Politics get into everything - I don't want them associated with games! But on the game front this is a lighthearted - until you get to the ominous warning after failing to stop Raygun, which says, 'Remember - if this was real - there wouldn't be a next time.' The graphics are smooth, nicely done and the game is very playable. The Iron Lady looks like something out of SPITTING IMAGE.'

'A maze-type complex filled with enemies out to get you is hardly original, but the idea behind this one certainly is. It relies a lot on well drawn, large graphics and some neat semi-political ideas. Blowing kisses to kill off enemies is a good example of its originality in idea, and the concept is well implemented in as much as the Iron Lady is invulnerable to your loving charms! Good fun, and one where a clever idea hasn't swamped good playability.'

'First off I didn't think this was going to be a very active game - wrong again! Characters are drawn exceptionally well, and you can recognise each one. The idea of the game is certainly novel if not realistic. One grumble though is that there's no indication that you've shot the "right" President Raygun, as he keeps cloning - and I've never found a red button! The idea of "eating" various objects throughout the game like cups of tea, Hovis, etc, to give you extra lives is a good one, as you often get killed off by the nasty geezers who run about the rooms. Graphics are smooth, large and well presented; the keys are not the best positioned I found, as they are all low down (leaves you nothing to lean on) but they are very responsive. Colour and sound have been used quite well throughout the game. The game is playable, but I think its addictive qualities will wear off - it depends on whether you like saving your country from a nuclear holocaust.'

CRITICISM

Politics seem to be creeping more and more into computer games - so does sexism. The two are firmly combined in this novel idea from CP Software. You play a CND supporter - a female one - and your task is to prevent President Raygun clones, which have been loosed amongst the bunkers beneath USAF airbase Greenham Common, from finding the red nuclear button and blowing the world to kingdom come. The inlay says that hero Annie (is heroine an illegally sexist word now?) has worked her way through the wire and into the complex.

The complex itself takes the form of numerous rooms (with between two and four doors) on several levels. Stairs up are located at the top of a room, and stairs down at the bottom. Annie, armed with her CND banner, must fight her way through to get rid of Raygun clones. Other characters beset her: Harry Hardnose, gutterpress photographer. Old Bill, the plodding policeman, Squaddies - all Tommies with guns, and worst of all, The Iron Lady herself, neatly depicted as a Tory-blue hairdo.

Annie's politics are all peaceful, however, so she doesn't blast these numerous nasties to bits with anything as vulgar as a laser, instead Annie raises her hand and blows a kiss - it's as lethal as any laser though.. Kisses can only be blown horizontally in the direction faced. In addition, the bunkers are littered with useful objects like maps, secret documents, Hovis loaves and plates, knives and forks.

The screen displays the level on which a President Raygun clone may be found and warns if one is about to press the button. Can you find it in time...?

COMMENTS Control keys: CAPS/Z left/fight, X/C up/down, V to blow kisses Joystick: Kempston, Protek, AGF Keyboard play: very responsive but poorly positioned Use of colour: average Graphics: smooth, large generally good Sound: useful rather than imaginative Skill levels: 1 Lives: starting with 3 Originality: a novel concept based on a standard type of game

General Rating: Above average to good, playable and reasonably addictive.

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A sweet-hearted heroine blows kisses at all and sundry in an attempt to charm President Raygun away from the red button.