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Activision Inc
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Dave: Beamrider is a 'skim the surface of the planet (or, in this case, Restrictor Shield) shooting things that appear over the horizon' game. There are few other games of this type around and, I'm afraid Beamrider is nothing really very special. That said, it's an above average 'Zap 'em' with quite a lot going on...

In order to progress up through the screens, you have to shoot 15 of the flying saucers that come down the grid, but there are several other types of alien flying around which sometimes get in the way. Some of the aliens can be destroyed with your 'laser lariats', but others can only be blown up by a torpedo. As you only get three torpedoes and you need at least one to destroy the sentinel ship that appears at the end of each screen. I found myself dodging more often than shooting. Different meanies appear on the higher screens and, by about sector seven, you'll find yourself very busy indeed!

If you're looking for a fast shooting game, then Beamrider is probably worth a look - but it's not exactly state-of-the-art stuff. 2/5 MISS

Ross: This is a very 'old' game... and it shows! The different behaviour displayed by the nasties and the hectic pace of the game on the higher levels make this a reasonable 'zap and blast' game. It does however, have rather a short-lived appeal. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Clearing the sinister Restrictor Shield that surrounds one's planet is about as vibrant as outgrowing the brace on one's teeth. 1/5 MISS