Raider Of The Cursed Mine (Arcade) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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Raider Of The Cursed Mine
By Arcade
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #25

The evil spirits that inhabit the cursed mine have been aroused by your desire to steal their diamonds. Beware of falling boulders, bats who steal points, spider's webs, and a ghost that has a nasty habit of materialising near to you.

There are three lifts, which take you up or down levels and provide you with complete safety. Extra lives can be gained by drinking life potions.

A bonus is given which varies with the length of time you took to steal all the diamonds, then you start a new level.

This interesting concept has all the makings of an excellent game, but the action is far too slow. Once you've got the hang of it, the game drags on interminably, because the difficulty remains the same. To make matters worse, after the score has reached about 36,000 it reverts to 0.

Understandably, Arcade are now bringing out an improved version with graded difficulty.

If you're hopeless at playing arcade-style games, then Raider Of The Cursed Mine could be ideal. Otherwise, you'll master it so quickly that, in its present form, it will become boring.