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CRL Group PLC
Robert T. Smith
1988
Arcade: Action
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

CRL have at you!

Writing high quality 8-bit wargames like Arnhem and Vulcan is one thing, but R.T. Smith has now turned his attention to arcade games. Can he produce them to the same high standard as his earlier works?

Cyberknights is an arcade adventure game with strategic elements. The player controls a Cyberknight and has different objectives to reach, depending on whether one or two players are playing. Assuming there's only one player, the objective is to destroy the 10 computer-controlled robots that wander around the arena. In the two-player mode, the objective is to destroy the other player's Cyberknight.

The arena is large and consists of several rooms connected by various lifts and walkways. Should you happen on a computer-controlled robot in a room you have to use your limited weapons to their best advantage in order to destroy them. Persuading robots to fall out of lifts is another effective method of polishing them off (if you can lure them into one).

Scattered around the arena are small bags of money that are used at the end of the game to purchase better equipment for your Cyberknight. Deciding which bits to add and which to take away is done using the designer program that comes with the package and has to be loaded separately. You can save your Cyberknights to tape so you don't have to struggle for hours just to reach the point you got to last time, but overall the game's structure is repetitive and the novelty soon wears off. It's very doubtful you'll be playing this in a year's time.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £7.95cs, Out Now
No other versions planned.

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 70/100
1 day: 80/100
1 week: 60/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 0/100

Interesting stuff initially.

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SPECTRUM VERSION

The graphics are colourful but the animation is a little slow. Sound is limited to some mediocre effects and the repetitive nature of the game has your interest waning sooner than it might.

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You've got a hefty beam laser, so destroying the other droids should be a little easier.