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Ubi Soft Ltd
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Ubisoft play rough.

Violence on ice is what it's all about according to Ubi Soft, and this one or two player game certainly provides a generous smattering of both. The scenario is simple enough, play commencing on a rectangular ice rink with a goal mouth at each end, a ball and two teams of two people. One person minds goal while the other, the one you control, tries to kick the ball into the opponent's goal five times to win.

After the match, which has no time-limit, the whole process starts again on another rink. With each successive level, there is an increasing quantity of hazards such as pillars to crash into and holes in the ground that swallow up your player if he doesn't jump over them. Then there's the added danger of falling over and sliding uncontrollably into a pit or one of the huge spiked balls that are scattered carelessly about the rink on the later levels. Of course you can always try to smash into the opponent and send him skidding to the same fate!

Play consists of the two players sliding around everywhere, each trying to bash into the other, knock him off balance, pinch the ball (which is automatically dribbled in the direction the player facing) and then kick it into the opponent's goal. Lose a player and the next team member comes on and plays until either he gets killed, he kills off the other team, or you complete the series of matches. Lose all three players and the game's over.

Controlling the player on "ice" is not easy anyway, but just when you think you're getting the hang of it, the game starts producing rinks that can kill! This makes it a whole lot of fun, especially in two player mode.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

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Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 80/100
1 hour: 90/100
1 day: 90/100
1 week: 80/100
1 month: 50/100
1 year: 25/100

The two player mode adds lasting interest.


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The scrolling is slightly jerky, as is the animation at times. The gameplay however, is great, and you'll find it hard not to have "just one more go".

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(Left) Aaargh! One of your players has just slid to his death.