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By Dynavision
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #98

Some superb screenshots adorn the packaging, but in tiny letters at the bottom, you discover that they're from the CBM 64 version.

This purports to be a magical 3D missile steering game, where you view from a 45 degree angle above as your missile flies across the screen. There's lots of perspective to give it depth.

Sadly, it's nothing like the picture. It has two colours, blue and white. As a result, it's difficult to tell where you are, let alone steer. The movement is flickery and the graphic outlines crude. Should you get through the first barrier, difficult in itself, and loose off some flickering shots at a fuel dump, the program crashes to reveal that it's a Basic-managed machine code job! No wonder it flickers!

In the hands of an expert Spectrum programmer this would be an absolute winner. As it is, it's a very crude "conversion" which appears to bear no relation to the claims on the package. Very, very disappointing. Doesn't Dynavision know about the Trade Descriptions Act? It's not good enough to say "Spectrum version will differ".


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