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Graham Johns
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Producer: Thorn EMI, 16K £6.95 (1)
Author: Graham Johns
Just when you though they had run out of reasonably original deep space zappowham games, along comes Blockade Runner. You're in this supply ship, running the blockade of earth by some nasty aliens and there are 5 layers of defences to get through. First a dense shower of meteors which can be dodged or shot, then a layer of vertical laser barriers which you must dodge, then tractor beam units try to pull you off course, finally a fleet of alien ships try to blast you to kingdom come. Should you survive this frenetic gauntlet, you must then transfer your cargo pods to an earth ship. Control response is frightenly fast and violent - it has to be to dodge the laser beams. Pity the control keys are laid out for the Sinclair joystick - they're very awkward. A popular game for shoot em up addicts with plenty of playability, but maybe lacking in great lasting appeal. Joystick: Sinclair, Kempston. 6 skill levels, 5 lives. CRASH rating: fairly good, overall 63% M/C.