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Automata UK Ltd
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Roger Willis, Ron Smith, David Lester
Chris Bourne

David: The tedious scenario for this arcade game casts you as a miniaturised BURT inside a computer. Your mission? To track down the 'Big Bug', by tunnelling through RAM and collecting items along the way. And if you think that sounds like an original idea, I don't know where you've been for the last few months.

The graphics are very reminiscent of Pi-Balled's characters, and are both colourful and well-animated. The game's actually quite difficult to succeed at, especially when you're creating new tunnel knowing that there's a band of nasties on your tail. I must admit though, that it didn't inspire the 'just one more go then...' feeling that should come with a good game. On the other hand, it's a reasonable version of its kind and is well supported by good graphics and sound. While it does have a Kempston joystick option, I found it too unresponsive to be useful and ended up back at the keyboard.

This game certainly won't stun the computer world by leaping up the charts - but it should a success among Piman fans. 3/5 MISS

Ron: The title does nothing to suggest that this is nothing but a Mr Do! rip-off... but so what. The game's great fun, and it's certainly my tip for the top. 4/5 HIT

Roger: At last - an arcade game that requires some detailed strategic planning. Automata's Piman games do have a tendency to be a bit similar but, having said that, it's quite difficult to play. 3/5 HIT