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US Gold Ltd
1989
Arcade: Vehicle Combat
£8.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

Capcom's final fight.

Shades of LED Storm in this, another of Capcom's vertically-scrolling driving games, as a car roars through futuristic scenery. However, the addition of flying craft, simultaneous two-player action and lots of shooting make it altogether a different test of the player's skills.

There are six levels to get through, each with deadly guardians at the end of them, never mind the hordes of defences along the way. In Levels One, Three and Five, Player One drives a car and takes out ground obstacles, while in Two, Four and Six he flies a plane - which Player Two flies on all six levels.

The defences cover the whole gamut of alien forces, from gun emplacements to kamikaze cars, fire-breathing dragons to deathly plunges into the void. If there is no second player then the aerial defences do not appear on Levels One, Three and Five.

Along the route you can pick up icons that enhance firepower. This increases the number of bolts fired forward and also enables sideways shooting. The car can jump over obstacles and holes, but be careful of getting trapped on the scenery.

It's standard arcade fare, enlivened only by the two-player option. Fair enough for shoot-em-up fans but offers nothing special.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
Atari ST, £19.99dk, Out Now
Amiga, £19.99dk, Imminent
Spec 128, £8.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
IBM PC, £24.99dk, Under development

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 48/100
1 hour: 55/100
1 day: 50/100
1 week: 40/100
1 month: 10/100
1 year: 5/100

It's tough and testing but finally unexciting.

6/10
4/10
1/10
5/10
490/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

The craft movement is slow, which makes this version prohibitively difficult to play.

AMSTRAD VERSION

Much better graphics than the Spectrum version, and much more playable too.

Graphics: 7/10

Audio: 3/10

IQ Factor: 1/10

Fun Factor: 6/10

Ace Rating: 615/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100

1 hour: 75/100

1 day: 70/100

1 week: 60/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 10/100

ST VERSION

Reasonably good graphics, but the playing window is small so that it's hard to see everything you need to deal with.

Graphics: 6/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 1/10

Fun Factor: 6/10

Ace Rating: 610/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 55/100

1 hour: 75/100

1 day: 70/100

1 week: 60/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 10/100

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Amstrad - Two players race through the first level. Player Two is the blue craft with the sight in front of it. Player One is the red three-wheeled car.