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Beyond Software
Tactical Combat
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Spectrum, £9.95cs
C64/128, £9.95cs, £11.95dk
Amstrad, £9.95cs, £14.95dk

This strategy game was one of the first icon-driven strategy games and is still one of the best. The player takes charge of six characters collectively known as the Enigma Force, and uses them in an attempt to rescue the ambassador Kryxix who is being held on board the spaceship Zoff 5 by that scoundrel General Zoff.

Each character is ordered separately by means of icons from various menus that can be called up. i.e. the battle menu allows the player to choose to attack, defend, retreat etc and the movement icon lets the player decide in which direction the character should move. The various characters all have different characteristics that are peculiar to them and the player has to use each team member's special ability at key points in the game in order to survive. Played against a very tough time limit, Shadowfire requires the player to react swiftly under pressure and employ all his tactical ability. A great game to play that is a real challenge. It is a pity that the sequel, Enigma Force, is a completely different sort of game which is not as half as enjoyable as Shadowfire.