Amstrad Computer User1st February 1991
Published in Amstrad Computer User #75
The Spy Who Loved Me
Bond is back and this time he's teaming up with the Reds to take out the maniacal Stromberg.
You know the plot already; two nuclear subs, one British and one Russian, have gone missing. Microfilm evidence suggests they may well have been stolen by the power-mad sub-aqua lover Karl Stromberg.
Teaming up with the desirable Soviet agent Anya Amasova, your task is to get over to Sardinia and rescue the kidnapped submariners. It all sounds pretty easy and, to be fair, if you take this game at an easy pace, you shouldn't have too many problems with it. To start with, you get the chance of a little driving practice, as you and Anya make your way to the hotel.
You need to be a bit quick here, because you need to reach the hotel in time to catch a boat out to Stromberg's underwater palace, Atlantis.
On the way to the hotel, be sure to pick up the bonus 'Q's lying around. Get enough on the first three stages and you'll be able to buy Q's famous amphibious Lotus for use in the later levels. If not, you'll just have to keep going until you do.
Once you've completed your visit to Atlantis, avoiding piers, swimmers and other speedboats in the water, it's back to the hotel again, only this time Stromberg's on to your plans and he means business.
Beware of the mines on the road, as well as the pursuit cars and helicopters. On your way, hitch a ride on the Q-Truck where you can buy that all important underwater equipment.
True to the film scenario, Anya is kidnapped by Stromberg and, after a savage reconnaissance in the Lotus sub, you need to get on your Wet Bike to bring her out before Atlantis is destroyed.
Pick up all the assistance you can from the special packages air-dropped onto the water by Q and get blasting with your lasers and cannons as Stromberg's thugs come at you.As far as it goes, The Spy Who Loved Me is a fine addition to Domark's Bond stable. The graphics are clear and well defined, with the usual neat sound effects and Bond theme tune to get you going.
Controlling the car/boat is fairly easy, but remember not to oversteer or you'll find yourself in the rough and in very hot water indeed. However, seasoned gameplayers may find it all over just a tad too quickly. By pacing yourself carefully, you can steer pretty much clear of most of the trouble and finish off with most of your lives still intact.
Nevertheless, in the fun stakes, this latest Bond bash should do well. If you've started a collection, The Spy Who Loved Me is a worthy addition.