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Ocean Software Ltd
1991
Arcade: Action
£10.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Tony Kaye, Garth Sumpter
Chris Bourne

The movie was an all time classic and when we saw the original screen shots of the game we thought that it locked pretty darn spanky too. Could it all have been a case of judging the book by its cover though? (You know the old saying... were very superstitious around here!)

Well partly, yes end no. The graphics looked excellent and It certainly didn't look as though it was going to be just another platformer.

The game roughly follows the plot of the film - which is more than I can say for most platform licences. The first of seven levels involves the T101 (you) versus the T1000 in a beat 'em up bout. You can continue on into on obstacle beating race against time in a storm gully, mounted on a Harley Davidson. Two puzzles, some more boxing action and some shoot 'em up van racing antics round things off.

The graphics and animation are very well executed and there are some lovely digitised Terminator images in the intro sequences.

The problem wIth T2 lies in its playability - or rather lack of it. The puzzles are ok, the chase scenes are basic but good enough fun but the one on one fighting scenes are rather boring and slow. T2 is a good looking curiosity game but that's really all.

Garth I've never really liked this game. The sprites are big and good looking on the fighting but elsewhere they are just mediocre. Unfortunately the gameplay isn't up to much either and the whole game, though sounding good falls down at every hurdle.

Terminator 2 looks like a good idea but unfortunately fails rather miserably in practice. The graphics are good enough but the gameplay is about as inspiring as Geremy Beadle's beard, even if it is a bit longer. More a curiosity than an essential buy.

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