Vortex Software
Costa Panayi
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K

Matthew Uffindell, Lloyd Mangram
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 80%
Graphics: 96%
Playability: 92%
Getting Started: 90%
Addictive Qualities: 90%
Value for Money: 89%
Overall: 90%

Android 2, a follow up (no surprise) to Android 1, was a CRASH SMASH in issue 2 getting 90% overall. How's it stood up?

The 3D effect on Android 2 works very well and is still one of the leading 3D maze style games. It's attractive, colourful and boasts good animation. Playing it today, it's still difficult which in a sense makes it challenging. In the original review, one of the bits used was mine, I said that this was a good game in itself with great graphics like Ant Attack, but a better playing game than Ant Attack. I haven't changed my mind! The demo and instructions are some of the best seen.

Considering the difficulty of getting through the very complex maze with all its hazards, this is still a very playable game with plenty of challenge and a lively, full, colourful screen. I always liked the graphics and the 3D effect and no one has really challenged Android 2, in my opinion, if one is looking at maze type games. In truth, I don't think it has dated at all.

(Matthew) I'd drop the graphics by 10% down to 86%, playability down 13% to 89% and addictive qualities down to 70%.

(Lloyd) I disagree! I wouldn't drop the graphics a bit, nor the playability because I think this is still enormous fun to play. However, it is hard to get through, which might lower its addictivity a mite, say down to 85% from the original 90%. For my money this is still a game which, if it came out today, one would buy and enjoy as entirely up-to-date.