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The Power House
Jon Paul Eldridge
1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Chris Jenkins
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Freedom Fighter is a dead standard Galaxians-type space shoot-'em-up, which makes one wonder why the illustration shows MIG 21s bombing Moscow. Your spaceship sits at the bottom of the screen, shooting down dancing aliens, avoiding bombs and catching concussion weapons which will otherwise kill you when they reach the bottom of the screen.

At the end of each wave you'll face a fast-moving, bomb dropping mothership. The movements of the aliens are jerky, the collision detection is very suspect, and the sampled speech is probably the worst I've ever heard. "Get ready" sounds like "Geek Eddie", so I kept looking for this Eddie character so I could "geck" him.

If as much attention had been put into the game as had been applied to producing the digitised portrait of the programmer on the loading screen - it would STILL have been plop. Avoid like eczema.

Label: Powerhouse
Author: Jon Paul Eldridge
Price: £1.99
Memory: Plus 3
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Dismal shoot-'em-up hardly enlivened by sampled speech.

1/10