Code Masters Ltd
1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
None

31
Chris Jenkins
Chris Bourne

A Big disappointment after the heady excitement of the Oliver Twins' previous offerings Grand Prix Simulator and Pro Ski Simulator. This is a Star Trek-style game in which you travel through different time zones of the universe, shooting up aliens and... er... shooting up more aliens.

At the start of each level you must dock with a mother ship with the aid of your radar scanner. Apart from that, the only gimmick is that your energy levels fall as you shoot, so you must conserve your laser energy and make very sparing use of your shields to ward off careering alien fighters.

Some nice perspective effects as the alien ships and missiles zoom towards you, the usual "hyperspace" sequence, and some nifty voice samples, don't do much to lift 3-D Starfighter above average.

Label: Codemasters
Author:
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

A superficially enjoyable space shoot-'em-up which lacks depth and soon palls.

5/10