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Mirrorsoft Ltd
Rod Hyde
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Chris Bourne

The Hawker Harrier jump jet was brought into action during the Falklands war and it is on this island with its extremes of landscape and treacherous climate that Strike Force Harrier is set.

Your objective is to destroy the enemy base, situated 250 miles over land. First you've got to get there and flying a Harrier is no easy job.. You'll need to take the aircraft ip many times before you get the hang of the instrument panels and the controls which were designed for contortionist but can be user-defined.

Once you've got the hang of your Harrier you can take off over the mountainous terrain, some of which is snow covered. The multi-purpose window at the bottom left of the screen will tell you if you're in mechanical trouble or you're about to crash, the FOFTRAC will track enemy aircraft but you're on your own when it comes to finding the enemy base. There's no full blown map for you to swat up so, like a real pilot, you'll have to rely on your flying skills.

The excellent flight manual takes you through the hardware details of your Harrier, how to get it up in the air, how it performs ice it's up there and how to perform the various defensive and attacking manouevres to best effect. There's even a guide to the evasion of SAM and AAM missile attacks.

Harrier is simply the best war zone simulation I have seen.

Label: Mirrorsoft
Price: £9.95
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: Various

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