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Ayyaz Mahmood
1985
Arcade: Maze
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Ben Stone, Paul Sumner
Chris Bourne

The Tomb of Syrinx is an ancient and deadly place which no man has ever attempted to explore... until now that is.

With the chance to finally show your true bravery you find yourself alone in the horrid mausoleum, armed only with your laser gun. There is only once chance of escape from this foul place, the five keys of the Tomb must be found and collected. Perhaps an easy task, if it was not for the strange Immune Guardians.

On entry to the Tomb, these Guardians give a few moments of grace before attacking. Resembling a collection of sour-faced suns, rotating crosses and gangrenous hands, they bounce off walls to attack with increasing ferocity. Contact results in a loss of life. To avoid them you are able to move the left and right, or up and down, through the maze of corridors and rooms.

The laser gun is used to destroy Guardians, but some are resilient, and several shots have to strike home before these meet their maker. Points are awarded for each kill, the score being displayed at the bottom right.

But Immune Guardians are not the only enemy encountered. Snakes, scorpions wait to bite or sting, and bandaged mummies kill. Five lives are available to you, the number remaining being shown at the bottom right corner of the screen.

CRITICISM

'There were loads of games around like this about four years ago, so it beats me why THE POWER HOUSE have released one now. Especially as this leaves a lot to be desired, the three character scroll and evil maze and deadly inanimate objects make the game infuriatingly unplayable. The graphics are well below average, with small characters and an undetailed playing area. Even with the free audio track this doesn't really offer good value for money.' BEN

'THE POWER HOUSE haven't made a good impression so far, and Tomb Of Syrinx does nothing to change this. The characters are badly drawn and the animation is basic and jerky. There's no tune, and the little sound that's there is easily ignored. I had no fun at all playing this as it seemed to be a very ordinary idea which was badly programmed. Even at the budget price it should be quickly ignored.' PAUL

COMMENTS
Control keys: Z/X left/right, P/L up/down, zero to fire
Joystick: Kempston, Interface 2, Cursor
Use of colour: poor
Graphics: small and simple
Sound: limited spot FX
Skill levels: one
Screens: scrolling play area
General Rating: Not very good value, even at its low price.

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