Swiv (Storm) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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By Storm
Spectrum 128K

Published in Sinclair User #112



When SWIV a into the office it's reputation had preceded it. As soon as you take the clear plastic tape out of the box you know you're in for something special. "A masterpiece" and "the most beautiful graphics in the Universe" were just two quotes on the back of the box, and YES it is the Spectrum version!

SWIV is a two player vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. You can choose to wage war from the air (in the guise of a helicopter) or from land (in a spritely jeep). The choice you make is vital as it gives you two distinctive styles of play. The helicopter is able to fly over ground and therefore is unhindered by surface objects whist the jeep must drive around trees (or jump over them!), avoiding walls and other structures. The price you pay for the chopper's flight advantage is that your field of fire is restricted to straight ahead. The jeep, however, can shoot in all directions.

Graphics are truly mouth watering with large detailed sprites and sound to match. I can't recommend this enough. If only a third of Spectrum software was up to this quality the Amiga would not have been invented! I kid you not. Sheer genius produced this for the Speccy. Do it justice and get out your wad!

Label: Storm Memory: 48K/128K Price: £11.23, £NA Disk Reviewer: Steve Keen

Overall Summary

Utter gaming excellence, with the simultaneous player option the thrill is complete. Play with a friend and use the helicopter and the jeep at the same time to produce some wicked cross fire.

Steve Keen

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