Pulsonic
1983
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£2.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

36
Chris Bourne

Mission Omega is a bomb-the-city-flat game. Romik did a version for the Spectrum almost two years ago, which was very good. In this version there are several speed selections and you can alter the difficulty by increasing the number of 'enemy aircrafts', number of meteors or the height of the buildings between 0 and 9.

You are flying an aircraft which drops bombs and fires missiles. On each pass the plane gets lower, so the only way to survive is to raze the city's skyscrapers. Meteors and aircraft are the other hazards. You can only have one bomb dropping at a time and one missile in the air at a time.

CRITICISM

'This is the old bomb dropping game - there were games of this type about for other computers over two years ago. That's a long time in this business. Why bring out more now? Even at £2.99 it's poor value - probably not even worth the waste of cassette tape.'

'I think this is the best of the Pulsonic games I have seen. The game itself is pretty old, and the graphics of this one are jerky and not very well defined, but the game type is quite enjoyable, and this version manages to be quite hard to get through. The various difficulty options make it reasonably interesting. With this game I think I would generally recommend it as reasonable value for money, and a reasonably playable . game too.'

'Mission Omega plays quite well and may appeal to some players who haven't seen any other version. But I think it is outdated. On top of that, compared to Spectrum games these days, this is pretty simple in graphics and sound. At £2.99, however, it does represent fairly good value, although I would rather pay twice as much and have something like Atic Atac.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: M for missiles, B for bombs
Joystick: none needed
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: average
Graphics: fair, but jerky
Sound: poor
Skill levels: 10 speeds and three variables with 10 options
Lives: 1
Features: 1 or 2 players
General Rating: Felt to be one of the best of a rather poor offering.

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Genocide rains down from the sky as you fly Mission Omega - could it be the last of its kind?