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Michael I. Barnard
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: The Federation of Space Research has just found a new solar system called Cygnus Major and they want it explored for mineral resources.

When you arrive you find that the space invaders don't like having their space invaded and are hell bent on your destruction. The only way for you to swot the insect-like creatures is to use your anti-matter plasma gun.

This game is in fact very loosely based on the arcade favourite Galaga and is a 2nd generation Galaxians. This version does not have all the features of the original but is never-the-less a reasonable shoot'em up and will keep your trigger finger in good shape. The aliens swoop onto screen, do a few twirls and pirouettes, dropping bombs as they go, then fall into formation. This continues until the screen is fairly full up with them, at which point they begin to drive down on individual kamikaze style bomb runs. Once you have cleared the skies the inevitable happens. Yes, they all come back but are just that bit meaner.

Nothing new again but O.K... 3/5 MISS

Roger: There are no flies on me but the same cannot be said for this dose of futuristic insecticide... 1/5 MISS

Dave: The shoot'em up is alive and kicking. Fast, frantic, colourful and noisy - just the thing for an evening of mindless slaughter. 1/5 HIT