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Mastertronic Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Blow 'em away with Mastertronic

Rapid Fire is played using joystick only over six levels of increasing difficulty. The background scrolls from left to right with your character staying centre-screen as you move through a warehouse dealing death and foiling the bank-busting ambitions of a bunch of computer-literate crooks - achieved by blasting 'plasma computers' at the end of each level and the 'central power electrode' at the end of the game. You have five lives, a machine gun, and a limitless supply of ammunition to expend in the restoration of law and order.

Smooth animation and scrolling do not compensate for poorly drawn sprites and drab backgrounds, though the sound makes a brave attempt to raise the game out of the ordinary with good effects and a lively tune. A reasonable budget game, but don't expect much in the lasting interest stakes.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

C64/128, £2.99, Reviewed
Spectrum, £2.99cs, Reviewed
Other versions undecided.

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 40/100
1 hour: 60/100
1 day: 60/100
1 week: 40/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 10/100

Rapid Fire, Rapid Fall-off.


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Poor gameplay, worse graphics, dire effects make this a big no-no.