Sinclair User

3D Starfighter

Author: Chris Jenkins
Publisher: Codemasters
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Sinclair User #72

3D Starfighter

A Big disappointment after the heady excitement of the Oliver Twins' previous offerings Grand Prix Simulator and Pro Ski Simulator. This is a Star Trek-style game in which you travel through different time zones of the universe, shooting up aliens and... er... shooting up more aliens.

At the start of each level you must dock with a mother ship with the aid of your radar scanner. Apart from that, the only gimmick is that your energy levels fall as you shoot, so you must conserve your laser energy and make very sparing use of your shields to ward off careering alien fighters.

Some nice perspective effects as the alien ships and missiles zoom towards you, the usual "hyperspace" sequence, and some nifty voice samples, don't do much to lift 3-D Starfighter above average.

Label: Codemasters Author: Price: £1.99 Memory: 48K/128K Joystick: various Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Overall Summary

A superficially enjoyable space shoot-'em-up which lacks depth and soon palls.

Chris Jenkins

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