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Topo Soft
1988
Arcade: Maze
£2.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Spectrum, Amstrad: £2.99

This is Kixx's first original product, and has been programmed by Spanish software house Toposoft (authors of the US Gold Pepsi Challenge game, Mad Mix).

As suggested by the title, the game follows the efforts of one Blackbeard the Pirate to hunt down his buried treasure map which has been stolen by his arch enemy, Redbeard. The map is secreted inside a chest somewhere on board Redbeard's ship, HMS Victory, and it is Blackbeard's mission in life to get it back.

Viewed from above, the pirate is guided around the deck, cabins and two storage levels of Redbeard's vessel (and, incidentally, the deckplan is an authentic representation of the original Victory, Nelson's flagship), with the separate levels being connected by stairways.

Redbeard's crew are at large, and Blackbeard defends himself by collecting knives and guns with which to fight back against his attackers. Blackbeard is revitalised by picking up bottles of rum from around the ship, but over-imbibing results in a drunken and difficult to control pirate swaggering about the deck.

Entertaining - if a little slow - this explore 'n' shoot-em-up offers nothing new, but is nicely uncomplicated and has enough appeal to warrant further examination. Also of interest to mappers with a nautical bent. Yo ho ho.

670/1000

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(Above) Spectrum - Blackbeard.