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Silversoft Ltd
1984
Arcade: Action
£5.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Ben Stone, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 88%
Graphics: 89%
Playability: 92%
Getting Started: 86%
Addictive Qualities: 94%
Value for Money: 95%
Originality: 93%
Overall: 91%

WTHAS was Silversoft's first real big hit and since then they haven't looked back. WTHAS has been popular in the Hotline and it's still popular with all of the Crash reviewers. The idea of the game couldn't really be simpler, just keep the ship afloat until you arrive at your destination. On the later levels of the game you must regularly oil the engine to stop it from blowing, while still repairing your ship and keeping it on course so you get to your destination quicker. So as you can see it gets quite hectic in there. At the top of the screen is a scanner to indicate your distance from the shore plus scanners for how much robot power you've got left (you have to go back to the start chamber to get it back), how much water there is in the ship plus other details which are important to the running of the ship.

WTHAS has stayed in the Hotline charts for a very long time. That must say something about how good the game is and I really enjoyed playing WTHAS it's just so addictive and playable. Perhaps after a couple of hours solid playing I might become bored with it but I don't really see that happening to me. The graphics on WTHAS are really good and the game still rates a Crash Smash by today's standards which just goes to show that WTHAS is a classic game. If you haven't yet got WTHAS then get it now, it's too good to be missed.
BS

WTHAS is still one of the best games available today. Everything about the game is terrific; it's fun, it's addictive and it's fantastic value for money. When I first saw some pictures of the game I thought it was going to be a bore five hours continuous playing proved me wrong. WTHAS is a manic game which is hard to categorise, there isn't anything like it available. When you see programs like this you soon realise why the Spectrum is the best games machine on the market.
RC

(Ben) I wouldn't quarrel with the ratings at all. It's as good now as it was then.

(Rob) The ratings still stand today and WTHAS isn't the least bit dated.