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Steve Lamb
1990
Arcade: Adventure
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Mark Caswell, Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

You're a lean, mean fighting machine - a mercenary. Your professor brother is developing a secret formula which in the wrong hands could spell the end of the world. Terrorists muscle in: they kidnap the professor and your niece and demand the formula in one hour - else they get it In the neck.

It's time to go into action - this is a personal vendetta. And for some reason the police think you're responsible, so you take a camera along to collect evidence of your innocence. Armed only with your bare fists and a knife, you track the terrorists down to an old warehouse swarming with guards. You have to fight your way through in search of your relatives - and the all-important evidence for the police. As you play additional weapons such as AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle, an Uzi machine pistol and grenades can be found.

When this first area has been thoroughly searched you leap into your trusty Ferrari F40 and bomb down the highway. Even here you're attacked by enemy forces, but if you were thoughtful enough to pick up the access card in the warehouse, the F40's weapons systems can be used. Can you save your kin in the hour allotted? Their fate is in your hands...

Vendetta is an arcade/strategy game with few equals. The graphics are superb, the monochrome sprites and backdrops are wonderfully detailed. The action comes thick and fast, and you have to keep your wits about you when searching for clues. Purchase this game immediately (if not sooner).

MARK ... 92%

CRITICISM

'Vendetta is really the cat's whiskers! I haven't enjoyed playing a game so much for ages. You just get so involved in the storyline and examining all the drawers and filing cabinets - great fun. The game is set out like System 3's Last Ninja 2, where the main character can ream around each 3-D screen and its objects beating up terrorists. Each screen is highly detailed and close examination of every nook and cranny is essential. Certain objects can be immediately opened, others need a bit of persuasion with a crowbar! Just section one would have made a brilliant game. Vendetta has an added bonus of a great car racing section. You jump into the driver's seat of a flash sports car and drive off in search of all that is evil. it's all a a joy to play and, boasting many of the most successful elements a game can have, it should be a smash hit.' NICK ... 91%

A brilliant arcade/strategy game. Grab that crowbar and go for it.

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