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Domark Ltd
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

Jon Pillar
Chris Bourne

Based on the telly programme (in case you hadn't guessed) you play one of 6 world leaders (4 of whom have since either resigned or died) with the aim of destroying your opponents' credibility and thus blow up the Earth. To do this you must struggle through the 'hilarious' instructions and the 'crap' jokes, before taking on each leader in 5 no-holds- barred bouts. Apart from the normal bashing moves, the leaders have a special weapon (Gorby's got a deadly yo-yoo, for example) and a loyal sidekick (who can be called upon to lob suitable items at the other players). Beat them all and you face the ultimate challenge - mud-wrestling with a mystery opponent in the dark.

The sprites are smooth and there are some very nice graphic touches (like the large, animated caricatures) but unfortunately the game designers forgot one thing - the game. It only takes a couple of picoseconds to cotton on to how to win everytime (and no I'm not going to tell you), after which there's, rather unsurprisingly, no desire to. Tsk, tch and oh, as they say, well.


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The Pope serendaing the Ayatollah? He's up to mischief more like!