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Silversoft Ltd
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne


ROBOT RIOT from Silversoft centres on a revolt of the robots in which the only way to regain control of the building is to lay bombs over the entire floor area and thus force the King robot to escape from his central control room. That is not the end, however, as it will escape only to another floor, where you must start laying bombs again.

Anyone who has played Pac-man or any of its many derivatives will be familiar with this game, where the main difference from the original is that instead of eating dots you are laying a trail of them.

You lose a life whenever you run out of power but in yet another familiar touch the regular consumption of power mites will prevent the disaster.

One interesting feature is the way the game starts with an introduction to the various robots, with details of their speed, intelligence and destructive powers. Apart from that, Robot Riot can in no way claim originality but it manages to be absorbing and addictive, especially if you enjoy maze scenarios, and the robot graphics are lively.

Experienced players may find it slow and it is a pity that each time you lose a Life you have to return to the start, instead of continuing from where you left off, making the game more frustrating than it need be.

Memory: 48K
Price: £5.95
Joystick: Kempston