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1987
Arcade: Adventure
£14.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

72
Jon Pillar
Chris Bourne

Who needs the chunky headsets and funny gloves of Virtual Reality? Strap a pair of binoculars to your eyes, slip on a mitten and for the sell-your-grandmother price of £2.99 you can experience Freescape and explore a whole world. The game that received more praise than most Roman gods, Driller drops you onto a small, gas-bloated moon that is doomed to be hit by a meteor in mere hours, and which will destroy your home planet in the ensuing explosion. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (as if you had any choice), is to seek out and relieve the gas build-ups with your trusty drilling rig (and not a giant packet of liver salts as you might expect).

As with the other Freescape releases, it's not a question of the game becoming dated - when you get frustrated by those tricky puzzles (and those damn laser beacons) you can just wander around the planet and be amazed. (Although after a 5-hour session you do get the urge to see what your furniture looks like upside down and from the back.) What else can I say? Driller has been a Megagame, is a Megagame and will always be a Megagame. So stump up those 3 shiny coins and grab yourself a piece of Speccy history (and get a penny change to boot).

97%

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And once Incentive's brand-new 3D Construction Kit hits the streets then you'll be able to create games like this too! (Sort of.)