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Melbourne House
1987
Strategy: Management
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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50,51
Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

This one's reasonably reasonable, as budget games go. That makes two from Mastertronic in one month. Blimey. It's a sort of cheapo Elite - lots of flying around, trading, the usual stuff. There's a fair amount missing of course (stuff to shoot, weapons etc) but a couple of interesting additions. First of all, you can land on planets (after tackling a flight sim-style landing sequence) and then chat to the natives and maybe do a bit of trading. This involves typing in stuff and watching the alien's replies, which don't tend to be convincing most of the time. There are 5,000,000,000,000 (yes 5,000,000,000,000) of these plaents, and they're all meant to be different, so please don't start sending in maps!

Graphically it's, um, well it does the job. Just the usual stars coming towards you, some quite nice revolving planets and then the flying-over-the-surface part, where the only detail is the landing strip. What there is is nice enough, but don't expect to be overwhelmed or anything.

Although Enterprise is a fairly simple affair, it gives the impression of being really massive, which you don't normally get in a barg. And it's quite fun too. As a full-pricer it would get howled down within seconds, but it makes quite and acceptable cheapo.

58%

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Over 5,000,000,000,000 (count 'em! 5,000,000,000,000!) planets to visit!!