Home Computing Weekly


Author: T.W.
Publisher: IC Software
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #78

Has 1982 returned? I ask, because this program is just like the ones that first appeared with the early Spectrums.

The use of sound far exceeds the quality of the graphics and colour in this poor example of Mined Out.

A poor loading screen leads to the simple introductory scren accompanied by a simple tune and an offer of instructions. These contain spelling mistakes, are badly laid out and use basic Sinclair capitals.

We are then offered a demonstration, return to Instructions, the opportunity to redefine the keys, or the chance to select levels 1 to 5.

The game starts with an outlined field, a small key and many (unseen) mines, with you appearing as a sort of octopus. You must collect the key and leave the field by the exit at screen top, avoiding mines as you do so.

It's against the clock and you are told how many mines are near. I made it to field two - even more mines! - but the time involved in restarting put me off. There's a "Hall of Fame" - but I didn't make it that far.

Perhaps for £2.95 it's good value as it has some nice features.


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