Max Pack (U.S. Gold) Review | Amstrad Action - Everygamegoing

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Max Pack
By U. S. Gold
Amstrad CPC464

Published in Amstrad Action #77

The smallest of the compilations, but with one exception all the games are well worth having! Certainly, if you don't have Turrican II in your collection already then (a) you're a bit of a fool and (b) you should buy this compilation sharpish!

Turrican II

Turrican II is one of the best games on the Amstrad ever! Huge levels, brilliant graphics and plenty of violence make for a real corker. The sprites are large, with some really big mid-level baddies to beat. The great thing about the game is the exploration potential - you can go anywhere you like rather than being restricted to going horizontally in one direction.

Turrican II has it all. It's almost worth getting the collection for this game alone!

Turrican II: The Final Fight
Turrican II: The Final Fight
Saint Dragon
Saint Dragon
Saint Dragon
Saint Dragon
Night Shift
Night Shift

Saint Dragon

Saint Dragon is a nice idea - a shoot-'em-up on the back of a dragon! You sit on the beast's back as it flies into the action. Your mount is bullet-proof too, so you don't have to worry about anything but a direct hit... Actually, this is the game's downfall. You can sit simply at the top of the screen and with the tail wrapped around you completely protecting you from harm. Which makes it pretty damn dull, really.

So much for the dragon - it's more of a turkey!


Swiv has a jeep and helicopter team dishing out death and destruction in a vertically-scrolling shoot-'em-up. There's plenty of action as you take on the bad guys. The scrolling is smooth, the action fast and furious and it's about as good as this type of game gets.

Night Shift

Night Shift is the odd one out here, as there's no killing to be done! Still, that doesn't mean it's a bad game. Far from it - Night Shift is one of the most original games you'll find.

Basically, you're in charge of a machine that produces plastic dolls. You have to keep everything running smoothly, which involves things like pedaling a bicycle to start the generator and pulling all manner of levers and switches to get conveyor belts rolling in the right directions. Factory work can be fun!

There are simply oodles of levels, each one with more to do and less time to do it in. Once you've successfully completed a level, you get a password, so you never have to go through an easy level again. Brill!

Adam Waring

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