Silversoft Ltd
C. Knight
1983
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£5.95
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
None

79
Chris Bourne

Armageddon is a copy of the arcade favourite 'Missile Command', where you launch missiles from a limited supply to defend your cities. There are several versions of this game already around for the Spectrum, one indeed called by the same name from Ocean.

This version has all the familiar features of the arcade game. The six cities are protected by three missile bases. Naturally the bases must be defended most ardently otherwise there's nothing left to protect the cities. In addition to the incoming missile traces, there are low flying aircraft and satellites which launch independent projectiles of their own. Some missiles are heat sensitive and will hover over an exploding missile until it is safe to descend further. Each attack wave grows in intensity until it is almost impossible to survive.

CRITICISM

'This is a pretty close copy, with the major drawback being that four way movement keys to track the missiles is no substitute for the arcade original's tracker ball control.'

'Hard to determine the value of a game which already been so much copied. The use of colour and the graphics are good, everything moves at a fast pace and it's difficult to master, but in the end it doesn't have lasting appeal for me.'

'The various options for firing are useful, but you're probably better off with the joystick for targeting. A fast version with neat graphics.

COMMENTS
Keyboard positions: sensible
Joystick options: Kempston (via 2-part load, watch out!)
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: good
Graphics: average, nice explosions
Sound: average, nice frying noise for explosions
Skill levels: increases with each screen
Lives: 6 (cities)

General Rating: a good copy of the original with mixed feelings about the addictive qualities.

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Screenshot Text

ARMAGEDDON strikes from the skies.