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Code Masters Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Another 'NEW RELEASE' from those Code Master boys, although I see there are no words of wisdom from David Darling on the cassette inlay. Does this mean that, unlike all those "Bestest game in the history of the world" titles, this one is unadulterated horse manure? No, but then it hasn't been written in-house (ahem), but by some geezers called Amazing Games, which may have something to do with it.

Anyway, this is a fairly comprehensive trawl through flying history, with three separate sections - World War 1, World War 2 and World War 3. A rather gloomy prognosis, you might think, and doubly so as WW3 is (according to this) dueto take place over East Africa in the 1990s. But never mind that (I hear you cry) what's the game like? Bobbad, old fruit, nobbad at all. WW1 sees you putt-puttering over the fields of Germany in a clapped out old biplane, trying to shoot down Johnny Hun before he shoots you. WW2 transfers the action to the Pacific, as you (Chuck Z Hinkelhoffer) try and shoot down Johnny Nip before he shoots you. Then for WW3, it's everybody into their F-14 Tomcats, as you try and shoot down Johnny Muslimfundamentalist before he shoots you. Naturally you get killed in all three wars, which paints rather a hopeless picture for mankind, if you ask me. But it's all good, zappy fun - well programmed and full of colour. You'll have to watch your ammo and fuel, and it also makes sense to watch your opponent's aircraft (never let it be said that I miss the point of these games). Good stuff, at least for a cheapie - and you can play with two players as well...