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Graham Taylor
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An excellent pack with all the games included being at least reasonable and some actually extremely good.

Titles are Combat Lynx, Critical Mass, Turbo Exprit and Saboteur.

Saboteur is a sort of cross between Exploding Fist and impossible Mission. It has simplified ninja moves: jump, duck, kick, punch, but aside from beating people up there is a fairly complex plot involving blowing up enemy bases and collecting secret information. Not graphically astounding but fair.

Turbo Esprit is a nifty car game, with the basic idea of driving as fast as possible around city streets and steering to avoid things like roadworks. All this is part of a plot involving chasing drug smugglers. The simple objective is to catch their car by 'bumping' it and arrest them alive. If that proves tiresome you can just shoot them if they're in range. The actual driving part of the game is reasonable effective although there is no real sense of 'turning' as such.

Combat Lynx is a helicopter simulation, not too complex in the flight controls and with (thankfully) a weapon's system. This means destruction. There are missions and bases to land at and messages but the fact that there are six different weapons systems should be all the information you need. A good choice for people not quite up to the sophistication of Digital's Tommahawk.

Critical Mass is a multi- directional scrolling space game. You control a little space ship and scroll around a planet that seems to have been stolen from Dune (some pretty impressive worms which leap out of the sand) and hurtle around through some pretty rocky terrain looking for an anti matter plant to disable. First appearances are a bit deceptive on this one. It looks rather impressive on screen but isn't such good fun to play. Worth some attention if you haven't seen it however.

Label: Durell
Author: various
Price: £9.95
Joystick: various
Memory: 48K/128K
Reviewer: Graham Taylor


Quality compilation with all the games well worth another look. Four titles only but good value nonetheless.


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Turbo Esprit.