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Front Runner
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Ben Stone
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 91%
Graphics: 90%
Playability: 98%
Getting Started: 89%
Addictive Qualities: 98%
Value for Money: 90%
Overall: 93%

Cute hero Rockford tunnels around 16 different underground mazes collecting gems as he goes. Boulders lie around, and problems are caused when the earth that supports them is tunnelled away - they tumble on Rockford unless he's quick. Nasties chase the hero, and they can only be killed by falling boulders.

"This amazing game is so simple it's ridiculous! Yet once started it's impossible to leave it. Rockford is amusingly animated, tapping his foot in boredom if you keep him standing still for too long, eyes flicking nervously - as well they might, with all that weight of stone above his head! The movement of boulder's and gems is so logical, when huge stacks of them fall it can be a joy to watch. With the five skill levels and 16 screens to play through, this game represents good value even for the slightly high price, and I can recommend it to anyone. It's excellent and tremendously compelling to play."

"When Boulder Dash first appeared in my games collection I couldn't play it enough: solving the puzzles contained in each screen was sometimes infuriating but always great fun. Originality and humour were probably its main points - never before had a game as funny as this been seen on the Spectrum. Today it is still just as compelling and playable, but seems to have lost a lot of its originality over the years. The ratings at the time were justified in being so high. Now, however, I think that they should all be put down by ten or fifteen percent.

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Rocky romps through the underground caverns in search of gems...