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Players Premier
1990
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Richard Eddy
Chris Bourne

Four outlaws are on the loose and must be caught. Seeing the huge rewards you take up the challenge to track 'em down and give 'em a showdown at high noon. Outlaw is played in a very similar fashion to the cowboy shoot-'em-ups that used to proliferate in the arcades. The playing area scrolls towards you and you're free to run your gunslinger around the area pumping lead into the seemingly neverending army of opponents. Obstacles also litter the route and crashing into one loses you one of your lives. But do look out for helpful objects: there are extra lives, extra speed, weaponry, ammo and more.

Outlaw is a difficult game to master: the main problem is that the ground is speckled so it's almost impossible to see enemy fire, or your own bullets for that matter! There have been a few games of this type before and none have worked especially well on the Speccy. Outlaw is pretty much the same as the rest. A good looking game but when it comes to playability it's a greenhorn (ie: not much cop).

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