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Mikro-Gen Ltd
Chris Hinsley
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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6 (Supplement)
Richard Price
Chris Bourne

THE PROSPECT of winning £100 for the month's highest score of more than 5,000 may well attract people to Mikro-Gen Laserwarp. The program is another variation on the Space Invaders/Galaxians format.

The laser base moves from left to right across the bottom line and you fire away. There are nine progressive screens, each featuring a different bunch of aliens. They will throw bombs and missiles at the laserbase as they slice the sky or whirl around. Some go straight on at you and not all can be blasted, leaving you no option but to race across from one side to the other, dodging all the time.

There is a practice mode which allows the player to enter and play on any one of the nine screens. In the final screen the Master, evil threat to the entire universe, swanks behind his force field. If you survive long enough it may be possible to terminate him.

The graphics are strong and bright and move at a smart rate. The laserbase fires at a slow speed, so aiming is necessary - you cannot just lay waste whole swathes of aliens. Laserwarp is a tough, zappy program but cannot be called an original concept.

Richard Price

Memory: 48K
Price: £6.95
Joystick: Kempston