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Mervyn J. Estcourt
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Chris Bourne

You're a part of the Solar System Resources Research team down on one of the Saturnian moons, taking samples and away from your craft, when suddenly you find yourself surrounded by nasty red crabs which spit green acid gob at you. Fortunatley you have your guided missile cannon to try and keep them at bay, but they're all around. This is a 3D game which shows you the view of the mountainous planet's surface with the cannon in the foreground. As in such games as 3D Tanx, a hit from the green goo on the gun turret means a loss of a life.


'The graphics are relatively simple, although the crabs scutter about very realistically, and the cannon fire fades away into perspective nicely. Although this is very playable, it tends to pall quite quickly - and you can't get back to the ship sitting so tantalisingly a short distance away.'

'I would expect a little more for the price, especially as it loses its appeal and becomes repetitive. '

'The crabs move about very well, and are as cowardly as one would expect. Shooting them isn' t a simple task as the "guided " missiles are only so by virtue of the fact that they follow the swinging path of the turret. If you keep swinging about. sea sickness soon sets in. In the end, not very addictive.'

Keyboard positions: good, 1/zero left/right rotation and guide missiles, 9 to fire
Joystick options: none
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: good
Graphics: good
Sound: average
Skill levels: 1
Lives: 5
General Rating: Playable, but not very addictive


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Dressed LUNA CRABS are on tonight's menu.