Nigel Alderton
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 16K

Chris Bourne

Producer: C-Tech, 16K £5.95
This is the poor man's 'Penetrator' and no mistake. The inlay blurb promises a long range scan - but nothing appears on it except the extremely limited landscape available to fly over. Fly is hardly the word - you only move if the thrust button is held down, and when you do that nothing else an the game moves except the lowering fuel gauge. Hitting the fuel tanks replenishes your tank and anyone can knock them off without difficulty because the missiles are easily avoided and the flying saucers don't do anything. There's no danger, no thrills and no skill needed. Keyboard positions are fine and the end of life explosion is the most imaginative graphic in the game. One or two players, poorly compiled machine code, no joystick option. The inlay card states that pressing key '2' gives you 'up' and 'reverse'. They mean 'Z' gives you reverse.