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Activision Inc
1989
Arcade: Action
£8.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 128K
Multiple schemes

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Get slimed with Activision.

Who were the other impostors? The wised-up (or under-tens) amongst us will need no explanation, but for the rest, the story goes something like this. Ghostbusters the film became an Activision computer game (full price, then budget). Then in America a TV cartoon and comic appeared, featuring the GBs team and called The Real Ghostbusters, which arcade giants Data East decided would make a jolly coin-op machine, (see ACE issue Four). Now, Activision have too, so here we have it: the computer game of the coin-op of the comic-cartoon film spin-off.

You, and possibly a friend too (because it supports simultaneous two player action), have to fight your way through some ten levels of ghost-infested mayhem, collecting the nasty things with your Proton beam zapper. Before collecting the ghosts you have to shoot them first with your normal gun (a quick tap on the fire button) to turn them into nice, cuddly, fluffy white ghosts, before holding your finger on the fire button to trap them in the beam and draw them into your backpack.

There are benefits to be collected - from either ghosts or shooting parts of the scenery, such as oil drums - including a circling Slimer who acts a shield. If things weren't tough enough already, then remember you've got to complete each level within a time limit.

The collision detection is poor and the gameplay is bad: it's nothing more than an average shoot-em-up and is certainly not as much fun as the original Ghostbusters game.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Atari ST, £19.99dk, Out Now
Amiga, £24.99dk, Imminent
Spec 128, £9.99cs , Imminent
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
C64/128, £9.99cs. £14.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 52/100
1 hour: 50/100
1 day: 60/100
1 week: 59/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 10/100

Frequent deaths cause initial frustration, but one the levels are learnt progress becomes altogether easier.

6/10
5/10
2/10
6/10
574/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

The game is multi-load, which is off putting. The graphics are OK, though the animation leaves a bit to be desired. Not a game that stands out in any department.

ST VERSION

The intro music and the effects are OK. The graphics are uninspired, and the perspective used is confusing: marry this to the poor animation and you're not left with the game of the year, and certainly not a game that'll keep you hooked for long.

Graphics: 7/10

Audio: 7/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 586/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100

1 hour: 58/100

1 day: 65/100

1 week: 52/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 10/100

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Spectrum - All ready for Proton zapper action with a Slimer for protection.