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Image Works
Denton Designs
1988
Arcade: Action
£8.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Ciaran Brennan
Chris Bourne

This is one fox who's had enough. He's had enough of chubby horsemen chasing him around the country on their worn out nags. He's had enough of flea-bitten bloodhounds disturbing his Sunday Lunch (fried chicken of course!) and he's had enough of killjoy farmers surrounding their stock with barbed wire.

He's finally flipped and like some kind of rural Charles Bronson he's out for revenge. But what can a poor fox do against such odds? Surely he's going to be pretty helpless against hordes of dogs and horses? But maybe not! Maybe there is a way he can turn the tables - because the countryside's littered with weapons and ammunition and old Foxy has been in secret training with the SAS. So watch out you country dwellers, the hunter is about to become the hunted!

I'm sure that by now the more liberal among you are standing up and shouting that revenge is wrong. If you are, stay calm because there's more to Foxy's 'search and destroy' mission than getting his own back. Our hero's Vixen is stuck in the den and starving to death so it's up to to him to get out there and collect all of the apples, milk and other scrummy goodies that he can lay his paws on.

The rural play area is divided into two levels, above and below ground, and scrolls in both directions. Foxy runs, walks or crawls in either direction, collecting food and extra weapons along the way by running over them. It may be hard to believe, but Foxy is adept with pistol, shotgun and machine gun - but he'd better be because all of a sudden the whole countryside is like a battle zone.

The bloodhounds have taken the hint and got themselves an arsenal of rifles - and even the hens are armed to the teeth (Hens don't have teeth. Ed) with exploding eggs. Other hazards crop up along the way, including vicious squirrels, bear traps and dogs on motorbikes.

Foxy's health is represented by a small picture in the bottom left hand corner of the hero with his tongue hanging out. The longer the tongue, the tireder the fox - and when it reaches the bottom of the screen Foxy expires in a fit of exhaustion. The only way to increase the falling energy level is to dive down to the lower level and search a rabbit warren for a breakfast of bunnies.

Foxx Fights Back is fast, furious, funny and... erm, Foxy! It scrolls well, is quite difficult and pumps the adrenaline just enough to bring you back for another go. It may not be a classic, but it is a good romp and should take a while to complete.

Not quite cool, clear and minty... but still a breath of fresh air.

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