Your Sinclair

Kick Box Vigilante

Author: Rich Pelley
Publisher: Zeppelin Games
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Your Sinclair #65

Kick Box Vigilante

"Oh dear." I'm afraid that's all I have to say about this one. See you next month... [Oi, come back. - Ed] Okay, it's a straight hand-to-hand beat-'em-up, like Way Of The Exploding Fist, International Karate, Yie Ar Kung Fu, Barbarian and absolutely countless others And that's the main problem - it is exactly like countless others, offering nothing new to add to the world of the beat-'em-up at all.

Eight or so moves are available, merely punches kicks and a headbutt (ie nothing interesting), but I found that it didn't really matter which ones you used (although you do have to be a bit picky if you want your opponent to be injured in any serious way). Talking of baddies - there are 4, each with different skills (apparently), and the last 2 are armed with a whip and knife respectively. Each one has to be fought twice without replenishing your energy in between (tricky!). One rather strange point which you may like to know is that despite the fact that I practised for absolutely ages, I didn't get any better and couldn't get any further into the game than when I started - which either goes to show that there's something decisively weird about me, or perhaps the game as a whole. And that's about the size of it, really. Admittedly, some simple and almost old-fashioned games are cheap and refreshing compared with the complicated multiload full-pricers of today (of which of course the Zep's F1 Tornado is a prime example), but sadly, not this. It's boring, repetitive, unoriginal and really is a complete load of, to coin a phrase, crap.

Rich Pelley

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