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Mastertronic Ltd
Tim Miller
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Jerry Muir
Chris Bourne

FEED THE world takes on a global note in this new cheapie, casting you in the role of a space hunter of food for an overpopulated earth. So into your rocket to boldly go etc - in search of the grub transporters of 15 star systems.

The game has two distinct parts: flight through space and docking, then hunting for food. The first is a cockpit view as you fly through space. Despite the apparent complexity of the controls, it's not too involved. What Mastertronic has done is to take the bit of Elite that drives most people mad - docking!

Nothing is ever simple and if you wait around wave upon wave of enemy ships fly out of nowhere to engage you in a little boisterous horseplay. You'll never survive one of these bouts of combat by blasting them so the only escape seems to be to dock successfully while the battle rages around you.

Once on board you have a jet pack with thrusters to steer around a cave system picking up various valuables. Here there are aliens and contact with them saps your strength. Providing you negotiate the caves successfully you retrace your steps to the exit and into space for the next victim of your piracy.

The main appeal of this game is high scoring and Space Hunter goes so far as to add an Elite-style system where you start out a rookie and have to progress through 11 ranks to space hunter. It's all very competently programmed and though, despite its two rather incongruous sections it's probably limited in its lifespan, it's also extremely cheap.

Jerry Muir

Publisher: Mastertronic
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K
Joysticks: Sinclair, Kempston