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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Tony Dillon
Chris Bourne

Dear Anne Robinson. Why, oh why, oh why do software houses take pride in destroying reputations. Americana, which brought out the excellent re-releases Spiderman and Hulk has now thrown Saracen into the lap of the nation.

To imagine just how gross this terrible game really is, take Boulderdash, and reshape the character into a stickman with a small head. Now give him two poses, one for standing still and one for running. Then change the scrolling so that it keeps up with him and make it scroll two character spaces at a time. Make the background black and the foreground blindingly white. Then sit and try to play it.

Take all this, give it 40 easy-to-do levels and some spinning crosses to use as the enemy and you have Saracen. Leave it alone unless you like buying completely useless trash to fill up space on your shelf. It's the Great Space Race of the budget world.

Label: Americana
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Tony Dillon

Badly designed Boulderdash-cum-Gauntlet rip-off. This is pre-ZX81 programming.