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Richard Wilcox
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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YOUR HELICOPTER is poised on the deck of a battleship ready to take off and destroy the nuclear reactor which is endangering life in Blue Thunder for the 48K Spectrum.

You must fly your whirlybird through enemy terrain, attacked by the gun installations on land and sea. Once through that murderous onslaught you have to gain access to the nuclear reactor which is beneath the waves and fire your guns to make it explode. If you are not quick enough you will be destroyed.

The game has a simple appearance but the animated graphics are well-produced and are a major selling-point. The detail is so complete that the helicopter rotor blades seem to increase speed when it is stationary, hovering opposite a target.

The only difficulty a player could experience is completing one mission, let alone several. Your small ammunition, which looks like full stops coming from the helicopter, makes it difficult to judge whether you will hit anything or not.

Blue Thunder is original and entertaining. It can be obtained from Richard Wilcox Soitware, Foundary Business Systems Ltd, 2 Station Road, Walsall, West Midlands WS7 0JZ.

Memory: 48K
Price: £6.95
Joystick: Kempston