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Tom Prosser
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Clare Edgeley
Chris Bourne

A HAUNTED castle, armies of aliens, special weapons, colour coded keys, and a frustrated little chap who bears a startling resemblance to Ultimate's Jetman make up Brainstorm.

The idea is to escape from the castle in one piece and that means defeating eight watchful guardians with special weapons found along the way, as well as the usual motley bunch of nasties.

The guardians are unusual - no monsters, instead they include a deadly teapot, a boot and light bulb. It fairly makes you tremble at the knees.

Doors must be opened and as only three keys can be carried at a time it is a good idea to map the locations of any keys left behind, and the colour and location of each doorway.

Picking up the keys can be very frustrating. The aliens are semi-intelligent and zoom in as soon as you stop - it is very easy to pick up one key and drop another.

Your little man moves smoothly enough and the nasties rematerialise at an alarming rate. Each time you touch one your damage rating rises.

Scoring is on a percentage scale depending on how far you have explored. The graphics are up to the Bubble Bus high standard and are well designed and colourful.

Brainstorm is not original by any means, but it is based on the highly successful arcade adventure format used by so many. If by chance you have not yet grown sick of games with huge areas of alien-filled rooms then it is not a bad deal - especially for its price.

Clare Edgeley

Publisher: Bubble Bus
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair, cursor