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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Dave: Mooncresta is an officially licenced copy of the same name arcade game, and as you'd expect, it includes all the main features of the original. If you've never seen it (which pubs did you misspend your youth in? - Ed), the basic idea is just for a change, to zap aliens. There are four types and each of them appears for two screens in succession. Your ship is made up of three parts, the first of which is given to you gratis, but you've got to earn the rest. You get the next part by clearing four sheets, after which you have to carry out a successful docking manoeuvre. Two more sheets - watch out for the nasty surprise - then a repeat performance of the docking procedure. If, or should I say, when you get killed you'll lose one part of your ship.

Incentive has done a reasonable job translating Mooncresta to the Spectrum but it's a bit long in the tooth now. So, unless you're an arcade freak who likes scoring millions it won't have much lasting appeal. Still, if you are an arcade freak, you'll be itching to have a crack at Incentive's Mooncresta competition - the booty is a real arcade machine of the game. 2/5 HIT

Ross: It's taken aeons for this old arcade classic to appear on the home computer market. It plays fairly close to the original and kept me amused for an hour or two, or three. 3/5 HIT

Roger: It advertises a ' Trip To The Space War' but give me a trip to Margate than yet another trip back down memory lane. 2/5 MISS