1988
Arcade: Vehicle Combat
£7.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

11
Stuart Wynne, Mark Caswell
Chris Bourne

DRIVING AWAY THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT.

In the future, street crime and WWIII seem indistinguishable.

You begin the game in your Vmax Turbo Interceptor with hordes of DOA cars trying to force you off the road. You respond by blasting them to pieces, but the real work begins when you get called to crime scenes. Once you arrive the game switches to a side-on view of you walking through an apartment block. Gunning down criminals earns extra points, but watch out for civilians.

The driving blast-'em-up section has been done to death recently and Techno Cop is one of the weaker, more repetitive versions. The other section is no better, simply being a case of remembering where you found the criminal last time. Techno Cop is mildly addictive, at least to start with, but offers little originality to keep you playing for long.

MARK ... 51%

THE ESSENTIALS
Joysticks: Cursor, Kempston, Sinclair
Graphics: the road scrolls fairly smoothly, but the buildings are dull and monochromatic
Sound: a noisy 128K title tune and some quiet in-game engine noises and footsteps
Options: definable keys

CRITICISM

'Overlander crossed with RoboCop and no multiload sounds a promising concept, and the first car stage is certainly very smoothly programmed. But there's a chronic lack of both colour and long-term appeal - later levels neglect even to change the monochromatic colour of buildings. Disappointing' STUART … 59%

General Rating: Techno Cop tries to mix two very different genres, but as neither section is very riveting, it fails to hold your attention for very long.

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With colours like this who want to play the game?