Ocean Software Ltd
Denton Designs
Arcade: Adventure
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

Chris Bourne

It wouldn't be Christmas if The Great Escape wasn't on the telly; Steve McQueen riding his motorbike over loads of Germans, David "Dickie Darling" Attenborough doing his "woo-err I'm bonkers" act, John Wayne shooting lots of indians, (Wot?. JD). But anyway, this isn't The Great Escape the film, it's The Great Escape the game, and pretty great it is too (and escapist, for that matter).

Set in a WW2 prisoner-of-war camp, The Great Escape is one of those 3-D isometric monochrome thingies pioneered by Ultimate. This one is more realistic than your Alien 8's and Knightlores; the characters are properly in scale with the backgrounds of huts, fences and guard towers. The clever bit is that your hero will move around of his own accord, maintaining the camp routine (no, I don't mean dressing up as a woman) until you take control and make a break for freedom. Lots of objects to collect, tricks to figure out and perils to avoid - absorbing stuff. I think The Great Escape has been pretty extensively compilationed and freebied, but if you've missed it, don't miss out this time.

Label: Hit Squad
Price: £2.99
Reviewer: ?

Show those bally Jerries a thing or two, chaps!