Sinclair User

Last Duel
By Kixx
Spectrum 48K/128K/+2

Published in Sinclair User #109

Last Duel

Strap yourself into your neutron-powered star racer and prepare to do battle with the evil forces of the planet Bacula, it sez here. In fact, though there are six levels of mayhem to battle through, The Last Duel is more of a heavy metal car racing game than a shoot-'em-up.

Your space racer appears at the bottom of the screen, scrolling vertically. There are some neat background details - forking roadways, ramps, gun emplacements, alien snips, and icons which fall from destroyed globes and allow you to pick up zippy weapons.

Picking up a T icon increases the time limit for each level, and pressing Fire and Forward together allows the car to jump and the hover-plane to drop bombs.

Last Duel

The hover-plane appears on later levels in one-player mode, but if a two-player game is selected, one player controls each craft.

Lost Duel's graphics are well-defined and the game is pretty fast-moving, but the action's a bit repetitive and it's annoying that the delay when you plummet off the edge of the roadway is so long. But since, like Thunderblade, The Last Duel comes with a token allowing you to get another Kixx title for 99p, it's worth checking out.

Label: Kixx Memory: 48K/128K Price: £3.99 Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Overall Summary

A nice-looking space-race shoot-'em-up suffers a little from repetitive gameplay. Still, worth a bash if you're fed up with Le Mans.

Chris Jenkins

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