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Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Douse flames with Electric Dreams.

Fire fighting is best left to the experts, especially when there are five tower blocks ablaze. Still, all the experts are exhausted so it's up to you to save the day.

You start the game on the bottom comer of the first tower block and have to reach the top of the building within a time limit. Fires break out from the windows constantly and you have to use your water cannon (strapped to your back) to extinguish them. The trapped people (and dogs) need saving as well and this is achieved by reaching whatever window they happen to be hanging out of. They then parachute to safety and you can go rescue the next victim.

But playing saviour for everyone is a secondary consideration, for at the top of the building is a special lady. Rescue her and you can proceed to the next building irrespective of how many others you've saved on the way. As is usual with burning buildings, the rescue operation is hampered by falling televisions, tables, bottles of poison - the usual sort of thing, and contact with any item (including the fires) results in you losing one of your five lives.

FireTrap suffers in the playability stakes in that once you've fired your cannon your man can't move until the shot has disappeared off screen or has hit something. It's not the most compelling of coin-op conversions and all but the hardened addicts will soon tire of this.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

C64/128, £9.99cs, £12.99dk, Imminent
Spec, £9.99cs, Out Now
Ams, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 78/100
1 hour: 72/100
1 day: 72/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 10/100

Graphics and gameplay keep you interested for only a short while.


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The scrolling is jerky and the screen isn't very colourful, though the colours do change for each building. It's tough to play, and you may feel a bit cheated when you get hit by an object coming out of a window. More luck than brainwork is needed and the addiction wears off pretty soon.

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You're facing death every second here, so perhaps you should seek shelter under those flagpoles.