Vortex Software
Costa Panayi
1984
Arcade: Action
£5.95
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Will Brooker
Chris Bourne

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TLL involves navigating a landscape sprinkled with houses, pylons, cliffs and bridges in order to eliminate 'enemy dots'. This top-priority procedure (you don't know how dangerous enemy dots can be if you let them get out of hand) is carried out by swooping low over the ground (hence the title - Tornado Low Level).

You always run the risk of crumping your fighter against an obstacle, and once five of the dastardly dots have been wiped out a new mission begins - it's on the same landscape, but this time those devils are hiding below bridges and in the water and all sorts of underhand places.

TLL was seen as a masterpiece when it first appeared, and its appeal has hardly diminished since. The landscape is described in effective, clean washes of colour and the fighter is well-drawn, rotating smoothly. The whole thing handles really well and though destroying evil dots is a bit of an artificial exercise the dynamics of the game come together perfectly.

Perhaps more a simulation than an arcade game, TLL would, I'm sure, still do well at a budget price.
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Paying off old dots: despite an unlikely dot-destroying scenario, TLL flew well along the border of arcade and simulation