This game is aimed at children of 7 years and above and aims to teach eight different spellings of the sound 'er'. When a word appears at the bottom of the screen the player must shoot the invader which correctly fills the middle of the word.
The player has only 13 bullets to shoot all the correct invaders, and can select from eight difficulty levels, beginning wither' and 'ir' at level 1, and progressing to 'ear ' , 'ir', 'ur', 'or', 'ar', 'our', and 'ure' at level eight. At the easiest level, words such as 'thirteen' 'mirth', 'serve' and 'term' must be completed correctly.
The graphics and sound effects in this game are very appealing to children, and the ratings of performance range from 'Not bad' to 'Super-Hero' . This is an enjoyable program apart from an annoying bug which sometimes occurs when the player shoots from the edge of the screen, causing the game to crash. This bug appeared in my review copy, but I have been assured that it has been spotted and removed The following 'testimonial' was written by one of Jo's dyslexic pupils: 'This game is not an average 'shoot them up'. It combines a space invader game with an education game. Most things which teach spelling are very boring but this is very addictive and is a joy to play.'
Control keys: 1, 2 or 3 to move left; 8, 9 or 0 to move right; V, B or SPACE to fire