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Activision Inc
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

Just coming up to its third birthday, this one provoked mixed feelings when it was first released. The name derives from the fractal method used to generate the scenery, which is the game's main selling point.

Apart from gawping at the landscape, your job as pilot of a Valkyrie fighter is to patrol the surface of Fractalus looking for shot-down pilots to pick up (oo-er). Aliens need to be watched out for on later levels, and the ship is armed to deal with them when necessary.

Although the backdrops look impressive when stationary, they move disgustingly jerkily, and there's far too much unsightly colour splashed around the place. The whole appearance of the thing is distinctly naff and I can't say I enjoyed one minute of the time I spent playing it. However, for the more persistent there's probably quite a challenging game lurking under the grotty exterior.