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Elite Systems Ltd
1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£12.99
£8.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

44
Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

This was an enormous hit the last time it came out - a big number one on all charts. Personally, though, I thought it was deadly dull - a middling arcade game converted by Elite with little apparent imagination or flair. The cover artwork says it all, really - two geezers with rippling muscles and machine guns killing everyone within reasonable range. Good clean fun, I hear you cry, and you'd be right, but the amazing lack of variety in the game eventually sent me into a deep coma, from which only the loving care of a series of trained Filipino nurses helped me escape. In the arcade game, some nifty graphics distracted you from the essential dullness of the game, but the poor old Spectrum's tiny stick-figures and unbelievably slow bullets don't really seem the same. Serious zzzz time, and not helped by the fact that you need an electron microscope to read the inlay notes.

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