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1988
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Rod Lawton
Chris Bourne

Imagine go carrier-bagging.

Blow along in this tough airborne blast, complete with six levels of ever-escalating action.

Things start off quite tame, with an Afterburner-style sequence of shooting waves of enemy aircraft attacking head-on, and missile-dodging. At this early stage you don't lose any of your initial five lives if you get hit, but neither do you get any points...

After a short time, the scene moves to the skies above an aircraft carrier. Head-on still, you're faced with the same job of dodging missiles, but you now have to shoot the missile launcher on the aircraft carrier. Not difficult once you know how to time it, but the missiles rob you of a life if they make contact.

Once you've destroyed the aircraft carrier the scene changes and the game becomes a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up where you pilot an armoured helicopter doing battle with attacking helicopters, jets and anti-aircraft turrets. Apart from your front-firing guns you can also drop bombs ("B" on the keyboard) and smart bombs ('M' - one per life). And look out for collectable weapons, while you're at it.

Reviewer: Rod Lawton

RELEASE BOX
Spectrum, £8.95cs, $14,95dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Imminent
C64/128, £8.95cs, £12.95dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 75/100
1 hour: 80/100
1 day: 75/100
1 week: 60/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 10/100

Tough enough to last.

6/10
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654/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

The graphics are fair, with smooth scrolling, and the sound effects are good. Combined with action that's tough and unremitting and a wide range of attackers to contend with, it's a sure-fire recipe for success. Tough, but fair - and plenty to do!

ARCADE ACCURACY

The head-on sequences were never going to have worked well on the Spectrum, but otherwise the game has been translated accurately.

Coin Op Score: 6

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Stage 2. Those attacking aircraft look pretty mean, but they're going to be the least of your worries...