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Clive Townsend
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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David McCandless
Chris Bourne

Saboteur is an ancient game which stunned when it first attacked the market way back in June '86. The realistic figure graphics, the sheer size of the map and fast gameplay add up into an arcade adventure that still impresses to this day.

The idea is to control your mean, moody muscular ninja as he penetrates a massive warehouse complex, recover some stolen computer disks, kill the multitude of ninja guards, and naturally blow the entire warehouse into yesterday. No hassle!

You infiltrate the building by swimming in under cover of night, padding across the wharf and pouncing through a window. Crates and fuel drums lie piled here and there and you use them as cover to sneak up on the guards. The tapes are hidden somewhere below ground while your escape helicopter is on the roof. You use ladders to climb between the floors, but there are dogs and security cameras out there to stop you. And time is counting down...

This is a game to be reckoned with if you like your beat 'em ups to have purpose, intricacy and addictiveness as well as the habitual death, blood and bruises. And you Saboteur fans out there should be interested to hear that Saboteur II is on its way from Elite soon!