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Axis Software
Not Known
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Chris Bourne


SUPERBALL is a very colourful development of that old arcade game Breakout for the 16K Spectrum. You are given three black balls and have to break through the wall of red and yellow bricks to unlock two gates on the other side of the wall. When you have penetrated the brick defences you have to hit the ball at such an angle that it will hit the side of the game board where the small black gates are. There is one gate on either side of the board.

When you have cleared the bricks and opened the left-hand gate you earn a second ball. That means you have to keep both balls in the air at the same time. If you are able to do so you will be given a third ball which joins the other two balls to make life impossible for you. You can leave the extra balls but you should keep the black one in the air to continue playing.

Labyrinth is an 3D maze game, also for the 16K Spectrum. You must find your way around the maze and the quicker you do it the more points you score, At any time during the game you can ask for help and a map of the maze is shown, with your position and those of the entrance and exit on it.

At the end of the game you are asked if you want to see your path through the maze, again using the help map. You can also see it in fast motion if you hold down one of the keys on the keyboard.

Labyrinth, and games like it, were interesting and had amazing graphics for the ZX-81 but they are mediocre on the Spectrum.

Superball costs £4.95, and Labyrinth £4.95. They are available from Axis, 71 Brookfield Avenue, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3LN.

Not Rated