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Steven A. Dunn
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Firebird, £7.95cs, £12.95dk
Atari ST version reviewed Issue 11 - ACE Rating 981

Converting a game that was developed on the Acorn Archimedes sounds like an impossibility, but that's what they've tried to do. All the features are here: hoverplane, seeders, mutants, fighters, pests, trees, rolling landscape. However, the hard part is getting the control of the hoverplane right, to make it as responsive as in its Archie and ST versions.

Sadly they haven't quite managed to pull it off. It's a valiant effort and Spectrum owners should still take a look at it because there's nothing else quite like it for them.

The ship control is much more awkward without a twin-button mouse, so getting familiar with them will take longer. Anybody who's played Virus on the ST is bound to be disappointed, but this stretches a Spectrum about as far as it can go in this direction. A nice try but no cigar.