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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Garth Sumpter
Chris Bourne

There is more thjan on way to skin a ferret. And if you've ever had to wait behind 200 old crumblies in a bus queue then you'll realise the need for an alternative type of transport. So, imagine the relief of those ashen faced commuters when Space Rider Jet Pack Co set up - there's only one person who's not too happy and that's you!

As chief test pilot you always get the chance to try out something new. This time you've been sent to the planet P23 to put the pack through its paces with a secondary objective, collecting rare and valuable minerals for use by the boffins back home.

So, where's the game the. Well, as you might have guessed, P23 is the subject of some galactic dispute and the natural under-ground structure of the planet is subject to an alien defense system.

The gameplay is simple enough with a jetpack moving you around the screen and a laser pistol with which to blast anything to bits. You get three lives and your current energy level is displayed by the floating bar chart at the bottom of the screen.

The screens themselves are both colourful and quite pretty with big striking graphics., It's just a pity that the flick screen movement is employed because if you accidentally flip back a screen all the nasty security droids are immediately replaced when you re-enter the screen.

Label: HiTec
Author: Nigel Speight
Price: £2.99
Joystick: Various
Reviewer: Garth Sumpter

A graphically sound game with infuriating use of flick screens.