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Tactical Combat
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

'Arcade strategy' game that would probably be better off just calling itself a strategy game, 'cos that's what it is. But then strategy is not the big seller it might once have been, so any attempt to liven it up for the wider audience is perhaps to be welcomed. Anyway, this little number supplies you with a number of forces (the Rebelstar Raiders, in case you were wondering) who must fight an armed party of aliens which has established itself on a nearby planet. Not only must you kill as many nasties as you can, but you must also see off their eggs - for, yes, if they hatch, the phrase 'eggy soldiers' will take on an entirely new meaning. So, it all comes down to the traditional strategy features of troops deployment, bloodless battles, and terrain neatly mapped out in a giant grid. You can play against the computer or a friend (the two-player games loads separately), and the whole is quite a laff, if perhaps not as detailed as most full-price strat games. A neat addition to the genre, though.