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Nigel Speight
1989
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Unspecified custom loader

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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Oh hum. The solar system is in deep peril once again. An evil Allen Syndicate has gone and taken control of the mining installation on the asteroid XR27B. Using this base they swarm across the entire system bringing a wave of death and destruction. You've been selected to go and reclaim the base. You must kill all aliens you find, destroy all equipment and collect pieces of a mega-weapon that will allow you to zap the evil queen who started the whole ball rolling.

Sounds easy doesn't it? It would be if the programmer hadn't made the screen layouts so infuriating to get around. There are bits of scenery sticking out all over the place, and moving past them without banging your head is a skill. The game is nicely detailed and coloured though, with Exolon style sprites and movement in the main character. There are some really good music and effects through the game, better than most so called full price software!

War Machine may not be original, but it provides a cheap challenge for any arcade adventure freak. Even if the movement is annoying to begin with this is worth taking a look at.

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