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Reaktor
1987
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£8.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Nat Pryce
Chris Bourne

Like heavy man! "A Psychedelic experience" proclaims the inlay - not bad for a monochromatic game!

Unfortunately Out Of This World doesn't leave you with feelings of peace, happiness and love for mankind 'cos Out Of This World is in fact, a pretty grotty shoot 'em up of the scrolling variety, (what isn't these days?) where you can collect bouncing blobs and upgrade your weapon systems. Sounds good so far, eh? Actually, the scrolling is jerky and flickery and the aliens are just tiny circles or indistinct shapes. Hmm... and there's worse to come. When your ship flies over some of the background graphics, it gets lost among the shading and details and all but disappears. This is terribly frustrating, but it's even more infuriating when you are killed by aliens who materialise on top of you.

These are classic flaws as far as games design is concerned, and I'm amazed that games still act like this. It's a pity, 'cos from the inlay, you'd have though that this was a pretty good Nemesis clone. As it is, Out Of This World is unaddictive and unplayable.

An unplayable game that tried to be like Zynaps and the like, but failed miserably.

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