Silversoft Ltd
Not Known
1985
Arcade: Maze
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

45
Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Dougie: The usual old twaddle of a story line but the game's not bad if you're into Ultimate-type clones. The story goes like this... the Crown of Destiny (You know the one. Ed.) has been stolen and locked up in an impenetrable vault (and if this game tells you it's impenetrable, you'd better believe it!). Of course, the only way to get the crown back is to call in the help of Talos, the invincible robot. Trouble is, all that's left of the old boy is his hand - so the hand sets off to find the rest of its body... and no dirty laughs, we're talking 'arms', 'legs' and a 'torso' here.

There are loads of locations - definitely one to map!

As far the action, the hand must first find its arm, then the torso, and then the rest of the bits and pieces. Once the hand's become a full-blown arm, it does present a larger target for all the murderous creatures, such as grasshoppers, sheep, birds and tortoises, that explode out of the ether in true Ultimate-style.

Apart from the occasional signpost pointing the way, there's very little on-screen to get your bearings from.

A candle burns away in the corner of the screen, waxing and waning with your fortune; however, until you've had a lot of practice, be prepared to snuff it.

All in all, very much like an Ultimate game but then using one terrific game as a model for another never did JSW any harm. I, for one, would be prepared to give a big hand to Talos. 8/10

Ross: You've got to hand it to them - this may remind you of Sabre Wulf but it's still up there in the addictiveness stakes. 7/10

Rick: You won't catch me forking out an arm and a leg for this one, but it's still worth casting an eye over if just for the neat graphics. 5/10

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