Swiv (Kixx) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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By Kixx
Spectrum 128K/+2

Published in Sinclair User #131


Modern combat is a complicated affair. You must be able to compete on both land and in the air if you are to triumph. So it's just as well that Swiv allows you to dominate both with a pair of smooth operating fighting machines!

Basically you take the part of either an 'Apache' pilot or an armoured jeep commander and wade through fields of enemy fire destroying other helicopters, gun emplacements, tanks, airplanes and gigantic insect like installations. All the time trying to avoid gunfire, guided missiles and powerful lasers. Sounds like a lot? it is! Sounds like fun? It is.

Your heli or jeep starts off with a relatively simple single shot cannon but power ups are available which provide either extra life or extra fire-power and if you collect enough of these you can end up with a completely formidable fighting machine.

The jeep is much more difficult to be successful with because it has to constantly avoid obstacles and enemies on the ground while the helicopter simply flies over them. However the game is at its best in two player mode where you and a friend can control both fighting machines at the same time. The result is usually devastating.

Swiv is a fast paced shoot 'em up, very competently put together and with neat, easily definable graphics and very smooth vertical scrolling. If you want some real joystick wrenching fun you won't beat this game at the price, or at any price for that matter.

Overall Summary

I'll be darned if this isn't the spankiest two player shoot 'em up I've played on the Spectrum. The graphics are crystal clear, the gameplay is fast and furious and the difficulty is set just about right. Super game.

Steve Keen

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