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Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K
Firebird BleepLoad

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Andy Wilton
Chris Bourne

Firebird in the dark ages.

Olga is a dab hand at casting spells and firing magical weapons. Olaf is pretty deft when it comes to archery so you'll have to think carefully before you choose which one to take into the lower rooms of this epic arcade adventure. Your quest is to reassemble a kind old druid's skeleton and bring him back to life, but the evil lord responsible for the druid's death in the first place - well, he's not going to be too happy about this. Given that he's in charge of a whole horde of gorillas, giant ants, dragons and other nasties, this could all get a bit serious.

There's a strong Gauntlet look to the proceedings thanks to the (more or less) overhead view, the critters and the shooting, but overall the game's a good deal more complex than this suggests. There are three different weapons available to you: bow and arrow, which speaks for itself, lightning bolt, a magical ricocheting weapon useful for clearing rooms out without entering them and putting yourself at risk: and fireball, a variable-strength magic weapon which can kill nasties, clear a path through the games obstructive clumps of bracken and even blast holes in walls.

Add to this various magical relics, several dozen different potions and some vital resources to maintain and you've got a tough-ish, very playable game. Earth-shatteringly original it isn't, but there's no need to let that put you off.

Reviewer: Andy Wilton

Spec, £7.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.95cs, £12.95dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 75/100
1 hour: 80/100
1 day: 70/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 5/100

A lot of fun, but it doesn't last too well.


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The playing area's not terribly colourful, but there's very little clash and the main characters are drawn and animated very well, with bags of humour.


Great colour and very nice hardware scrolling make this a treat to look at, but the animation's not all it might be.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: 5/10

IQ Factor: 4/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 606/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 65/100

1 hour: 80/100

1 day: 70/100

1 week: 50/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 5/100

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