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Domark Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Jon Pillar
Chris Bourne

A conversion of the arcade tank battle game where you play to vin (ahem). Trapped on an invaded planet, you (and a pal, if available) have to trundle through umpteen eight-way scrolling mazes, shooting and dodging enemy tanks, laser bases, electric barriers etc. Your aim on each level is to grab the key to the next, but in the meantime you can snaffle stars to trade for power-ups.

Smooth graphics can't make up for dull gameplay, and to put by the rotate-and-move method (not altogether bad as you can reverse away and cover your escape) but, fatally, you can't move and change direction simultaneously. The two-player mode staves off the yawns a little longer - the one original feature (and a spanky one at that) is that you can shoot each other to transfer valuable fuel. At the end of the day though, Vindicators can be summed up in two words - both of them 'boring'.


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May I see your licence, Sir?