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By Domark
Amstrad CPC464

Published in Amstrad Computer User #72

Put away your Elevenses, this is no time for milk and biscuits. Plug in this masterpiece and you're on a non-stop route to hell and back with four of the biggest action blasts to date.

Licence To Kill

Flex your muscles, grease the firing trigger and get set to shoot in the Bond classic Licence To Kill for starters. Sanchez is the villain and your task is to stop the evil drug smuggler at all costs, in the air, over land and underwater.

Set over three different scenarios, Licence To Kill will have you leaping from helicopters, onto planes, swimming for your life, waterskiing and finally taking on the fleet of big-wheel trucks as Sanchez makes a break for the border.

Graphically excellent, this Bond classic will have you on the edge of your seat at all times, but if the suave and sophisticated approach of 007 is not your style, try beefing it up in Barbarian II instead.

Barbarian II

At the end of the last Barbarian epic, you'd just rescued the Princess Mariana from a fate worse than death. Now you've got to take her back into the Dungeons of Drax to do away with the baddie himself.

You can decide whether to play the barbarian or the princess, whichever way you are inclined, and the idea is to battle your way through three maze levels before breaking into the Inner Sanctum.

Get used to the joystick movements first, then keep your eyes open for the magical objects strewn across the screens which you need to survive in this inclement atmosphere. The opposition, in the form of some fearsome and foul beasts, is tough enough to deter the most ardent of warriors, but if you thought that was bad enough, wait until you reach the final level.

Pick up the skills to gain much needed extra lives and start hacking in this superb all-round smash-'em-up.

The Running Man

Moving onto the bright lights and razzle dazzle of the game show world, here's your chance to take on the role of Ben Richards, a man wrongly accused of a crime he didn't commit, a man desperate to prove his innocence: the Running Man.

If you haven't seen the film, don't worry, there's plenty of action to keep you glued to your screen. Take on the likes of the Iceman, Buzzsaw and Dynamo in your efforts to escape from the four game zones. Your final quest is to break back into the studio and finish off that sumball show host Damon Killian.

In the meantime, you'll also be helping rebel forces by deciphering the up-link code between levels in this fast-moving, kicking, punching future shock.

Star Wars

Last but by no means least, in this impressive menu, is the golden oldie Star Wars. Taken directly from the film, the job in hand is to fight off the Emperor's nasty Tie-Fighters, in a deep space dogfight, take on the might of the Death Star's tower laser emplacements and finallty get down into the trench and stick a missile down the exhaust port.

Combining frantic screen action with some marvellous sound effects, Star Wars is a brilliant game in its own right, but to round off this excellent compilation, it's worth its weight in gold.

Chris Knight

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