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Entertainment USA
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Tony Worrall
Chris Bourne

Wossis, then? Cage Match is a futuristic version of the gentle art of Wrestling, the sport loved by umbrella wielding grannies up and down the country. The standard wrestling ring has been replaced by a wire mesh cage, open at the top to allow the players to climb out. "Climb out?" I hear you say, "Why?" Simple. If a player manages to reach the top of the cage, he/it wins the game and the other player respectfully melts into three pounds of quivering jelly.

The player's character (after selection from a list of dubious looking contestants), must beat the living daylights out of the other characters, so as to reduce their vital energy meters. Get your opponent's energy low enough and he freezes, giving you an essential couple of seconds to dash up the cage side and end the game.

That's about all there is to it really. Only a tiny number of aggressive moves are available and most of those are difficult to perform when you need them. The animation is jerky and the characters respond pretty poorly to the game controls.

Cage Match may have been a good idea, but programmers Icon Design, who should know better, have put little thought into the gameplay. If you want to risk your two quid go ahead, but I can think of better things to spend my dosh on - like TWO copies of next month's YS!

Mastertronic stab at two-player combat comes a cropper on the programming front. Severely average budget gear, not really recommended.