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1986
Arcade: Action
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

63
Rick Robson
Chris Bourne

Alligata's latest romp is a split screen arcade based on an idea from an old Frank Sinatra movie. You must drive your train across enemy territory, taking on fuel along the way. And it's your job to blow up exploding handcarts as well as avoiding bombs dropped from passing planes and airships.

The lower screen is a map of rail lines (looking remarkably like my mother's varicose veins) which shows the dumps and where you must change the points to re-fuel. It also displays your position relative to the planes (which sneak up from behind) and the carts (which come head on). You repel the planes with smoke and the carts with steam.

Much of the information, though, is irrelevent, 'cos unless you've got the reflexes of a three-toed sloth both adversaries can be zapped on visual contact in the upper screen. In fact the enemy is so slow that simple manic thrashing of the joystick will allow you to zap everything in sight, maintain all your lives and get you through the five levels of difficulty.

Still, it is only aimed at nine year olds and above and it's great fun to pretend you're Casey Jones at the throttle. Well, I enjoyed it anyway.

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