Tobor (Elfin) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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By Elfin
Spectrum 48K

Published in Sinclair User #17



YOUR SPACESHIP crashes on to a forbidding planet, damaging your propulsion and navigation systems. To obtain the Grittan Stones, necessary to have those systems working again, you must enter the robots' city.

In the city are evil robots which will try to kill you, using large magenta balls to smash you to pieces. The green robots are the King Tobors, indestructible killers which you cannot defeat.


Tobor is a game for the 16K and 48K Spectrum from a new company, Elfin Software. The player moves round a succession of mazes, outwitting and destroying the robots which are in pursuit. You can use your laser gun only when on the move and can fire only in the direction in which you are running. When you die the robots are kind enough to erect a tombstone with RIP on it at the place where you fell.

Elfin certainly is a company to watch as, judging by its first game, it is keen to produce top-quality software. One small reservation we had about the game, however, was that the instructions and title pages were loaded in sections and that took a long time. A player does not want to have to watch two or three minutes of graphics before playing the game every time it is loaded.

Tobor is available from Elfin Software, Hudsons House, Battery Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3NN. It costs £5.95.

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