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Phil Snell
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne
Chris Bourne

IF YOU have piloted a power boat, forget River Rescue. The real thing is far more exciting than the game, by Creative Sparks, which leaves much to be desired as a commercial product.

Perhaps the most glaring fault is the complete lack of instructions. Nowhere in the program or on the cassette insert is there any indication of which keys to press to obtain joystick and two-player options; there is not even a message explaining how to start the game.

If you manage to press the appropriate keys you will be rewarded with a green background and a blue river which scrolls horizontally. You have to pilot your powerboat, avoiding crocodiles and logs, and negotiating islands and bends.

The boat has a gun which can be used to clear objects from the river if you feel aggressive. The crocodiles disintegrate immediately but the logs require three hits.

If your taste runs to Skramble without the bombs, aliens and fuel dumps you will no doubt be overjoyed to play River Rescue - assuming you can determine which buttons to press.

Chris Bourne

Memory: 48K
Price: £6.95
Joystick: Sinclair, Kempston