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Your Sinclair #37 (1st January 1989) (Spectrum 48K/128K/+2/+3, Magazine)

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10 Great Games 3 (Gremlin Graphics)
A compilation that really is a mixed bag - some of the games really are great but others let the side down. Overall, pretty good for the money - but not the best!
6
10th Frame (Kixx)
The challenge, for all the fine programming, is all but non-existent, and the game is pretty dull.
5
Ace Of Aces (Kixx)
Though this is not, I think, quite up to MicroProse's peerless standards, it's certainly more than just a shoot-'em-up, and provides more than a couple of minutes' challenge for flighty chaps like Biffo and Storker.
7
Advanced Pinball Simulator (Codemasters)
A computer game based, to a greater or lesser extent, on pinball. As that, it works well.
7
Airborne Ranger (Microprose)
A fair shoot-'em-up with bearable graphics and acceptable addictiveness, but average multi-load stricken gameplay.
7
Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax (Palace)
Slobbery follow-up to everybody's fave slash 'n' drool game of 1987. Fab poster, but the game's not up to much.
6
Batman: The Caped Crusader (Ocean)
A triumph for Ocean and, without doubt, Special FX's finest achievement so far.
9
By Fair Means Or Foul (Superior)
The game's tidily presented with a subtle splattering of special effects and humour, but the poor graphics, unwieldy control, and painful speed just prove that boxing games don't work particularly well on the computer.
6
Combat Lynx (Encore)
I remember this as being pretty hot four years ago, but now I find it very dry and uninteresting.
5
Commando (Encore)
I'm sure that Commando still has its fans, and many of them will grab this chance to buy a cheap copy of an old favourite game. But it hasn't aged well.
6
The Devil's Hand (Compass)
Far easier than its predecessors... but well above average for games in this price range. Money well spent.
7
Foxx Fights Back (Image Works)
It may not be a classic, but it is a good romp and should take a while to complete.
8
From Out of a Dark Night Sky (Zenobi)
Trickier than you might at first think, and the mini-adventure is packed with laughs.
7
Guerrilla War (Imagine)
A good 'ol romping blasterama through tropical forests, let down slightly by awkward control.
8
Hydrofool (Rack-It)
Nowadays all cheapy 3D isometrics are ripped off from Head Over Heels, but Hydrofool is a return to more original days.
8
Light Force (Rack-It)
Plays like a dream. Yes, it may not be the fastest game in the world, but the graphics are superb - full of colour and imagination - and the gameplay - easy at first, but getting gradually harder - is perfectly judged.
8
The Muncher (Gremlin Graphics)
A large sprite, prehistoric mega-romp and smash-'em up with the emphasis on total destruction. Plagued by slow control response but great fun nevertheless.
8
Power Pyramids (Grandslam)
Bouncy platform game with problem solving to the fore. Doesn't look up to much, but curiously addictive and challenging.
7
R-Type (Activision)
It's a fiendishly addictive and difficult shoot-'em-up with great graphics, loads of colour and the kind of knobs which make it scream 'Hey, I'm absolutely playable - come and have another go!'.
9
Rambo III (Ocean)
A three part shoot-'em-up with loads to do, nice graphics and the emphasis on difficulty. Shame about the politics.
8
Return Of The Jedi (Domark)
Third of the Star Wars games, and a total style departure from the previous two. Not a bad little diagonally scrolling avoid-'em-up, but then not a particularly brilliant one.
7
Roy Of The Rovers (Gremlin Graphics)
Neat variation on the football game which really captures the atmosphere of the comic strip. Only the actual football bit lets it down!
7
Shockway Rider (Rack-It)
The clear and colourful graphics are quite impeccable, and it's all as fast as anything you'll see today.
9
Tank Command (Atlantis)
The graphics are nice, and it's been well programmed, but there's one crucial thing missing... any new ideas at all.
5
Tiger Road (Go!)
Routine horizontal scrolling basher and jumper, nothing new but pretty graphics. I don't think this will keep the average arcade addict going for more than an afternoon or two.
6
Total Eclipse (Incentive)
Yet another superb Freescape game from Incentive. These people just seem streets ahead of the competition.
9
Trackmaster (Destiny)
A maze game merged with a few shoot-'em-up moments and logic problems which will have me, for one, going back for more. Pretty good stuff.
8
Trivial Pursuit: A New Beginning (Domark)
A reworking of the Triv computer game from scratch, which gives you more game and less bored.
8