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Code Masters Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Another game to be played with Mastertronic's exciting new Magnum Lightphaser (I wonder how much that costs - more than £2.99, no doubt...). But strip away the gripping new technological requirements, and underneath it's just another aircraft combat game, with few differences, if any, from nine billion similar games we've seen in the past. True, your F-16 does beetle over four different scenarios - Sahara, Tropical, Arctic and Ocean - but, graphical backgrounds aside, there's not as much variety to it as there initially seems. What there is is immense speed - your react ions need to be incredibly fast and it's really dead easy to get killed. Quite what difference the Magnum Lightphaser™ makes I can't tell you, but with joystick or keyboard it's very much business-as-usual . Shoot them down before they shoot you, and all will b e well.