Amstrad Computer User1st June 1991
Published in Amstrad Computer User #79
Using some stunning 3D graphics, you'll certainly get a feel for the tension involved in Driller. With only hours to go before a meteor strike blows up the moon of Mitral, your task is to get down onto the surface and tap the potentially lethal deposits which could amplify the explosion and knock your home planet of Evath off its axis, killing everybody with it.
Heavily mined by the outlawed Ketar peoples, there are eighteen heavily armed sectors on the moon, each of which has to be explored and made safe through the positioning of a drilling station above the vast pockets of underground gas.
This is certainly no easy task, particularly because each sector is equipped with deadly accurate laser beacons to see off unwanted intruders.
Manoeuvre yourself gingerly around the defences and use your initiative to locate each gas centre, before sending back to Evath with teleport orders for the drilling rigs.
Be careful, each wrong position or damaged rig costs valuable energy and time. You can replace your energy using the Rubicon crystals lying around, but you can't make up for lost time as the meteor approaches.
Driller is a cunningly worked offering with some superb graphics effects. As a budget offering, you'll be glued to the screen for hours, and you'll certainly feel the tension mounting as time elapses.