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Beyond Software
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Tony Dillon
Chris Bourne

Firebird seems to be getting something of a reputation for pushing reissued full-price stuff on budget. This time it's an old Beyond title, Bounces, that gets the treatment.

In the future, the game to play is Bounces and the place to play it is the Leisure Dome. Leisure plays a large part in the lifestyles of the citizens of future Earth and everyone is an employee of the Eco-Zone Corp, they spend meat of their time in the domes playing Bounces.

It's like a slightly advanced game of catch. Two players stand facing each other at opposite ends of the arena. They then proceed to throw a ball at each other. Note: at, not to. One person throws the ball, and the other tries to catch it by moving forward or backward, or by jumping up and down. When you throw the ball you can control the on-screen player by pressing Fire to move his aims. Just to complicate matters, both players are tied to walls on pieces of elastic, and should your stamina drop, you are pulled beck to earth with a bump.

Bounces wasn't exactly met with terrific enthusiasm when it was first released and neither is it now. Good for a rainy afternoon.

Label: Firebird
Author: Beyond/Monolith
Price: £1.99
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Tony Dillon

Reissued Beyond oldie. Future sports, nicely animated but from a poor idea. Definitely in the wrong court.