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John K. Jameson
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Chris Bourne

CAVERN FIGHTER, for the 16K Spectrum, is a version of the popular arcade game, Scramble, which is set in the unlikely location of Watford.

Your mission is to fly your spacecraft through a cavern filled with enemy fighters. You must destroy the aliens with your laser gun and hit the fuel tanks with your bombs. Points are scored for hitting aliens, or missiles, and extra fuel is allocated for hitting dumps. If you forget about the fuel dumps you will run out of fuel and crash.

Another way of crashing is to hit the ceiling or floor of the cavern as you go through it. That is all too easily done. The caverns become progressively more difficult as you advance and when you have finished with the missiles of the first phase the aliens, which look like space invaders, get bigger and meaner.

Cavern Fighter is by no means the best version of the scramble-type game on the market. It bears too much resemblance to other games, such as the Melbourne House Penetrator, to be original in either concept or graphics. The screen dispLay is dull and little imagination has been used with the effects which could have been created in the scenario.

Cavern Fighter is available from BugByte and can be obtained from W H Smith and John Menzies retail outlets.

Memory; 16K or 48K
Price: £5.95
Joystick: Kempston