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John F. Cain
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Producer: Rabbit, 16K £5.99 (2)
Author: J F Cain
In this game you are manning an anti-aircraft gun, while overhead clouds of helicopters are dropping paratroopers on you. The gun only traverses left and fight, but because of the clever cheat on perspective it gives a field of fire across the top two thirds of the screen. You must hit helicopters and paratroopers. These fall from their choppers sometimes with chute opening instantly, others delaying till the last second, and others never opening at all, to die splat on the ground. You will lose a life if a para lands on top of you, or when three have landed successfully and gone off to fetch a giant tank against which there is no defence. The graphics are good, amusing and smooth (gun works very well) and it's all fairly fast, but the general feeling was that there weren't enough objectives in the game to make it totally compelling and addictive. User-defined keys, only 1 skilll level, overall CRASH rating 62% m/c.