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1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£8.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

Imagine's armed resistance.

Liberating an entire nation with just two marines is a pretty tall order. Even if they are equipped with all the guns, grenades, bazookas, flamethrowers and tanks available, it's still going to be a battle against the odds - the enemy forces are well-equipped and are often found well-dug-in.

Play is very much in the Ikari Warriors and Leathernecks death-dealing mould, with lots of vertical scrolling and hammering away at enemies coming on from the top and sides of the screen. The simultaneous two-player option (where you can't shoot one another) leads to faster progress in the mission, but the need for co-operation brings its own problems.

Fighting through the five levels you encounter riflemen, troops throwing grenades, tanks, men with flamethowers and bazookas and then a large enemy at the end of each stage that takes multiple hits to destroy.

Bazookas and flamethrowers dropped by dead soldiers, can be collected and used, and it is possible to clamber into abandoned tanks and drive around. Tanks have excellent firepower, and make blasting through walls, fences and sandbags much easier.

There's nothing here we haven't seen in previous Commando derivatives, but the elements are combined to make a tough game. Plenty of action for jungle-hungry combat veterans to fight their way through.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
C64/128, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Imminent
Spectrum, £8.95cs, £9.95dk, Out Now
Atari ST, £19.95dk, Imminent
Amiga, £19.95dk, Imminent
Amstrad, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Imminent
IBM PC, No Plans

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 78/100
1 hour: 85/100
1 day: 80/100
1 week: 60/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 10/100

Addictively frustrating, tailing off somewhat when you get through a level or two.

7/10
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704/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Lots of detail to the graphics, although the bullets can be hard to spot in the thick of the action.

ARCADE ACCURACY

It's about the best you can expect out of a Spectrum, but it doesn't convey everything the arcade does.

Coin-op Score: 6

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Spectrum - close to a tank which can be commandeered. Watch out for soldiers throwing the grenades that are exploding on the right of the screen.