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Ocean Software Ltd
Arcade: Gang beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Mark Caswell
Chris Bourne

Viktor Rostavilli is not a very nice man. In fact he's the head of Russia's biggest drugs ring. But not to worry, he's about to receive his just rewards 'cos Captain Ivan Danko (big Arnie Schwarzywotsit in the Red Heat movie), one of Moscow's top cops, is on his case.

You play the part of Ivan who chases Rostavilli through the four different levels that make up the game. The first takes you to a sauna, where a bunch of Rostavilli henchmen are after your blood. You're weaponless but can punch and headbutt your assailants. As they hit you your energy level slowly depletes - if it reaches zero you're carried out in a bodybag.

The second level takes you to a hospital where, armed with your favourite gun, you can merrily blast away to your heart's content (well, not quite - ammo's limited).

The action's certainly fast and furious, but it's also very tough. For many games Ivan ended up flat on his back and I swore very loudly. But a bit of practice soon sorted out the glitches and it was blasting action all the way. In short, Red Heat is well worth considering.