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LA Swat
By Entertainment USA
Spectrum 48K/128K/+2

 
Published in Sinclair User #72

Los Angeles SWAT

A SWAT team is a very exciting all action thing. So it naturally follows it would make an exciting and generally profit making game, right? Wrong. LA Special Weapons and Tactics is one of the worst games I have ever played (again) Basically, a vertically scrolling Commando sort of jobbie, you patrol through a seemingly endless city street shooting your little pop gun at marauding cavemen and deformed shoppers alike, whilst avoiding black undefinable things in the road.

The scrolling is astoundingly slow, tedious pixel by tedious pixel and the controls respond very sluggishly. Bad news in an action game. One nice touch is the way they have avoided the game slowing when there is a lot on screen by making the game so impossibly slow that if it slowed down any more, it wouldn't be moving. Har har. Awful.

Overall Summary

Very popular when first released on other machines, though not very good, is bound to be very popular on the Speccy and is still not very good.

Tony Dillon