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Again Again
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Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Oh No! Not Again Again!

Things have been quiet in the Persian Gulf of late, but it's still a volatile place - which is presumably why new software house Again Again chose to set one of their first games there.

As a US pilot flying a McDonnell Douglas VTOL ground attack jet, launched from a carrier anchored in the Straits of Hormuz, your mission is to destroy seven enemy shore-based Exocet missile bases. Fortunately, the Big Mac is armed to the teeth with air-to-air and air-to-ship missiles plus a forwards-firing cannon and a whole mess of bombs. The bombs are the most important weapons, used to destroy a number of silos at each missile base in order to render the base harmless.

Not to say that the other weapons are useless: no sir, they're extremely handy for taking out the MiG fighters that protect the bases and for intercepting the Exocets that are occasionally fired toward your carrier.

Protecting the carrier is a major priority, because with every hit the ship takes one of your three planes is destroyed. When you're in flight and the on-board planes are lost, either get shot down or allow the carrier to get hit again and it's game over time.

Operation Hormuz is not an impressive start for Again Again. The control is bad and the game idea weak so lasting interest will be low. Let's hope their next releases are better.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

Atari ST, £19.99dk, Out Now
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Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 65/100
1 hour: 55/100
1 day: 45/100
1 week: 15/100
1 month: 10/100
1 year: 0/100

Poor gameplay mars what would otherwise be quite an average shoot-em-up.


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The sprites are poor and. despite attempts to make the game as colourful as possible. It's all too empty - rather like the sound effects.


Much more colourful than the Spectrum version and the sound effects are a vast improvement too. None of this helps the shallow gameplay though.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: 7/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 5/10

Ace Rating: 335/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 70/100

1 hour: 55/100

1 day: 45/100

1 week: 15/100

1 month: 10/100

1 year: 0/100

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Flying over the sea, headed towards the first enemy base.

Ka-boom! Making short work of an enemy plane as you approach the base.