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Activision Inc
1984
Puzzle
£7.99
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Deniz Ahmet
Chris Bourne

Zenji first appeared on our Spectrum three years ago, with a price tag of £7.99 from Activision. Now it's being re-released under Firebird at £1.99. You'll need to use the old brain cells for this one - it's a maze game with a difference: you make it up as you go.

Your playing piece is a revolving face which smoothly glides along the various pathways and your objective is to direct Zenji through the circuits of Delta-B and connect up the different pathways to the central power source. Not simple. For a start a clock slowly ticks away the time remaining before the reactor blows. Small flames rush around the pathways in an attempt to fry you to ashes. And on later levels these nasty little things try to vaporise you with missiles.

The graphics aren't really that hot, but don't let this put you off. The animation is actually very well done, colour is used nicely, and there is even a strange twinkly kind of tune which plays throughout which adds to the atmosphere considerably.

Label: Firebird
Author: Matt Hubbard
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Deniz Ahmet

Good strategy re-issue. One of the early Activision titles now out on budget.

8/10