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Longman Software
1984
Educational
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
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Chris Bourne

Robot Runner is a number game for children aged 6 years and upwards. Pilot your robot across the number ways of Andron. You'll need to know your tables and be prepared for unknown dangers of a far off planet.

When the tape has loaded the player's name can be entered, after which a menu comes up asking which multiplication table you want to use from 1 x to 9x or a mixture. Having selected the table the screen cuts to the coloured number ways, five In all. The robot runner stands at the bottom, waiting to enter the first way.

Down this first way comes a sum, say 2 x 7. Using the cursor keys 6 (down) and 7 (up) a figure at the top left can be made to Increase or decrease. When it reaches the right figure (14 in this case), your robot may cross safely. Now in the second way another sum appears and you continue in this fashion across the 'ways'.

When he has reached the fifth way you may guide him to one of several treasures on the right of the screen; when these have all gone, you progress onto another and more dangerous screen.
The cursor keys 5 (left) and 8 (right) are used to guide the robot across the ways. To make life more exciting there are de-energising obstacles that live on 'the ways and float down, threatening the robot unless you can get the sum right quickly and move on, but the cursor keys are also used to avoid them if all else fails.

The game is accompanied by parental program notes and full instructions for using the game. Loading screens are very good, and the use of colour throughout is excellent.

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Not Rated