Silversoft Ltd
1983
Arcade: Maze
£5.95
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
None

74
Chris Bourne

We're deep inside the computer again, but the first flush of youth seems to have vanished. 'I was just hanging around. on standby as it were, logic levels at an all time low, my printed circuit bored - my keys depressed....' it says on the inlay!

So, welcome aboard, but this bored computer still has the edge over a mere arcade player. You're in control of a of the circuit boards (or is that boreds) and hot on your tail are a variety of electronic creatures such as the Electron Panzer - not very bright but fast, the Marauder and the Centurion, smarter still, and the Rogue Program. The object, quite simply, is to hit one of them to get to a new level. It's a measure of how fast the game is that even with only one hit to concentrate on, it's not easy! You can only fire one blast at a time but the laser ricochets, which can be useful. A complex array of control key options allows you to move up, down, left and right, rotate the gun turret and fire.

CRITICISM

'The great trick with this game is to tire and run. Standing still can sometimes mean a successful shot reaches the target just behind the target's successful shot at you! Rogue Programs can't be hit, so just avoid them like the plague. Not only dads everything move fast in this game, the screens change at an amazing pace if you 're quick at getting in a successful shot. Quite addictive.'

'Good packaging, and an excellent title page for Silversott with the twinkle on the S. The graphics are large and quite well drawn. Overall, well up to Silversoft's usual standard but not quite as addictive as I would have expected.'

'Certainly a good maze chase type of game and very fast. Controlling is quite difficult - even using a joystick there are three keys to press. The ricocheting bullets are superb.'

COMMENTS
Keyboard positions: 3 different keyboard options
Joystick options: Kempston, Protek or AGF
Keyboard play: responsive. rotation very fast
Use of colour: average
Graphics: good
Sound: continuous and good
Skill levels: 3
Lives: 3
Screens: multiple

General Rating: Good.

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