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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Nat Pryce
Chris Bourne

The last demon of Octan, an 'orrible place that's even grottier than Bristol Parkway Station, is giving you a lot of trouble, so you've decided to teach him a lesson he won't forget in a hurry using, as usual (yawn), a huge ship armed to the teeth, or jet intakes rather, with lasers, missiles, shields, nuke blasts and shock waves.

You've probably guessed by now that Octan is yet another vertically scrolling monochrome blaster of the build-up-your-weaponry sort. Surprisingly enough (it surprised me anyway) Octan is great fun. The scrolling, graphics, sound, kiddy FX (very important, those) payability and addictiveness are all top notch and the game is very difficult, and tantalisingly frustrating at the same time. It's great fun, and if it was just a teensy bit (a lot actually) more original it would certainly get an eight. As it is, I think it deserves a large, spiky seven.