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State Soft Ltd
Richard Parratt
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: Have we been here before or what? Turning down the temperature on stuff like Boulderdash doesn't improve a tired scenario.

All that's demanded of the undemanding is to scuttle about collecting stuff, tunnelling through poorly defined and barely visible snow-like substances and avoiding the dislodged balls that might fall on one's little frosty head. Jerky scrolling moves the action across the screen and the clock runs out even faster than my short-fuse patience. The thirteen ice-cold rooms offer as much fun as a fortnight in a fridge-freezer though the fauna is more fearsome - polar bears and killer penguins.

Having seen this type of software product climb up into precision platform pleasure, all I can dumbly consider is that Icicle Works has stepped through a time warp, missing all the clever programming trickery of the last year or so. Icicle Works? No it doesn't. 1/5 MISS

Dave: I've been waiting for a good Digdug/ Mr Do game to come out on the Speccy and after seeing this. I reckon I'll just have to wait a bit longer. It's a good idea but the implementation lets it down. When was the last time you saw sprites moving two cursor blocks at a time? 2/5 MISS

Ross: There's nothing original here and, yes the graphics are jerky and sometimes obscure but it still got me hooked. If you haven't seen its predecessors take a look. 3.5/5 MISS