Elite Systems Ltd
Richard Wilcox
1984
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£6.95
£1.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: How d'you fancy being in the role of Stringfellow Hawke in Elite's officially licenced version of Airwolf? The plot for those who don't know, is that five important US scientists are being held hostage in an underground base and Hawke alone will rescue them.

The game is only Kempston compatible and, although the keyboard controls are very responsive, they're not laid out as well as I'd have liked. But the helicopter graphic is drawn very well indeed and certainly behaves realistically; it tilts as you fly forward and falls under the force of gravity. In fact, all the graphics arc very good, and there's clever use of shading to produce depth to the backdrops and a variety of colours.

The first obstacles to stand in your way are bands of anonymous blocks and these must be destroyed quickly, allowing no time for their replacement. The trick is to rapidly move the 'copter up and down while blasting away furiously. This is the best game yet from Elite and it's pretty difficult to play. Definitely one for the masochists. 4/5 HIT

Dave: Pretty graphics, but not a very interesting game. It seems to be written in compiled Basic, and my combination of RAM Turbo interface and Quickshot 2 rapid fire crashed it wonderfully! 2/5 MISS

Roger: This must be one of the most frustrating affairs I've ever had with the Speccy! Good, but too difficult to hold my attention. 3/5 HIT

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