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Topo Soft
1987
Arcade: Maze
£8.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Supplier: US Gold
Version Tested: Spectrum

DEEP space floats an enormous and powerful spaceship, filled with lifeforms from a thousand planets. You control a solitary creature on board that spaceship in its attempts to perpetuate its race. You carry with you ten pods, the last of your species; introduce the pods to the incubators scattered around the levels of the ship and ensure the survival of your race.

This 2D arcade-adventure covers a playing area of some 140 screens, which flip rather than scroll when your character reaches a screen border. The ship is divided into various levels, which are accessed by lifts and air vents. Your creature has a limited energy supply that is reduced on contact with other creatures (who come in all shapes and size from mini space-shuttles to overgrown aspirins.) Replenishing your energy involves dropping the pods into the incubators. Alternatively you can get a tasty snack by eating one of the engineers who stroll around the ship looking like animated jelly babies.

Your defence from the energy-leeching aliens is to spit at them. Your saliva contains a paralysing acid, thus making it possible to jump over the creatures. Escape is your only alternative either by hiding in the air vents or the lifts.

Survivor's gameplay is pretty tough, demanding accurate positioning of your character to jump obstacles. Platform game elements creep in when you have to jump your way up several shafts in order to progress. Extra power for your jumps is obtained by ducking.

The animation of the characters is very smooth. Colour is used liberally and there are no attribute clashes as everything adopts the colour of its current background - this does cause the occasional problem as the aliens can be a little difficult to spot.

Survivor will certainly test your powers of endurance and perseverance, the game will take time and effort to complete. Sadly, despite its polish and classy construction it lacks that touch of originality that might make you want to take the trouble to try and finish it.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Spectrum, £8.99cs, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 4.75/10
1 hour: 5/10
1 day: 4.5/10
1 week: 3/10
1 month: 2/10
1 year: 0/10

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604/1000

Screenshot Text

Survivor: inside the ship.