VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE AND THAT'S CERTAINLY WHAT YOU GET WITH THIS LITTLE LOT AS YOU HOBNOB WITH THE TENNIS GREATS, WRING OUT YOUR HANKY FOR WORLD CUP ACTION, ZOOM AROUND IN GO-FAST CARS OR GET BULLETS IN YOUR BOTTIE IN A SHOOT-OUT BONANZA. HERE'S MARK CASWELL WITH A FULL RUN DOWN...
'A combination of the very best in sports, driving and airborne action', (or so it says in the blurb). There are four games in this compilation: International 3D Tennis, Italy 1990, Crazy Cars II and Airborne Ranger.
International 3-D Tennis is a one or two player game with the tennis court and players shown in wire framed graphics. It takes a while to get used to the stick-like figures as they leap around after the ball, but if you enjoy tennis sims, this is certainly one of the best around.
Italy 1990 was US Gold's offering for last year's World Cup. To kick off (pardon the pun), choose whether to play against the computer or a mate. The match is a bird's eye view affair with the controlled player denoted by an arrow. The computer decides the player to hoof the ball to, and there's corners, penalties and goal kicks to take.
Crazy Cars II's a sort of up-market Mad Max with you at the wheel of a Ferrari, bringing various four-wheeled villains to book at breakneck speeds. But catching criminals isn't your only problem - the local rozzers don't appreciate someone screeching along their highways at suicidal speeds, so they're on your back as well.
The smooth scrolling backdrops are impressive, as are the whopping playing areas and the wonderfully detailed car sprites as they speed across the country. If this is what driving a real Ferrari is like I'd better start saving!
And finally, in Airborne Ranger you're part of America's elite fighting forces: the Airborne Rangers (quelle surprise). Twelve missions are on offer, over three different terrains: Temperate, Desert and Arctic. Here men are real men who get their asses riddled with bullets (Another example of Mark's warped view of the human race - Ed).
Each mission is viewed from above, and although some are stealth orientated, many are stomp in and shoot anything that moves affairs, although stealth on even the most 'gung ho' mission is a good idea. Both in the graphic and playability stakes Airborne Ranger is a darn good game.
MARK ... 80%
'A very mixed pack this one but certainly four fine games. Italy 1990 was definitely one of the best soccer games of last year -the action's fast and it's instantly playable. International 3D Tennis is a good tennis sim, if a bit odd to get to grips with. The wire-frame graphics certainly don't look up to much at first, but their movement is very good, as is the playability of the game as a whole (if you're into tennis, of course). Crazy Cars II is far better than the original Crazy Cars, so don't be put off by the name. Playable and entertaining but, at the end of the day, it can seem like 'just another' driving game. Airborne Ranger, is neat, if a bit old looking these days, but plays well. Not one game really shines from the pack but as a bundle it's a good buy'
RICH ... 80%
Individually average thrills compiled into a worthwhile job lot.