GARDENING games are rapidly becoming a genre in the arcade-action field and Lothlorien has produced a little number with Two-Gun Turtle for the 48K Spectrum.
An armed turtle is entrusted with looking after a patch of strawberries which is assailed by a variety of mean creatures. The bugs will carry off the fruit if not driven away or destroyed.
A calendar counts the days on the bottom line and, during the winter period, snow will fall occasionally. If the turtle catches a snowflake a bonus is awarded. Movement is by definable keys or Kempston joystick.
Although the concept is simple, the action is fast and dangerous, requiring good reaction speeds and care in firing; a shot in the wrong place will wipe out a strawberry and ruin all the good work. The bugs whizz menacingly round the screen and will chase the turtle, which adds to the general tension.
The graphics are colourful and very smooth and put a fine polish on an exciting and compulsive machine code program.