Wavelength; Gamesware; 20 pounds; ***
This game is ruined by poor design: the control method is deeply flawed,
giving you very little control over your ship; the collection of
power-ups is very badly implemented - it's far too easy to accidentally
throw away all you've spent ages building up; and sometimes when you die
you start again, crash into a wall, bounce away, crash into it again, etc.
etc. until you lose another life!
Graphics are better than usual for a Tom Cooper game, although the music
is uninspired, headache-inducing, and, erm, isn't music in my opinion!
The authors also can't decide how to spell their group's name, which is spelt
differently in the info box to in the game. The game allows uses of an overscan
(full screen) mode which is particularly nice, although the presentation isn't
really up to much. Not surprisingly the gameplay is much smoother on faster
Wolfenstein 3D; Powerslave Software; 30 pounds; ****
This is an excellent port of the classic PC game. Although some claim it is
a bit long in the tooth, the Jaguar version was released at about the same
time as this, and so although it's not exactly brand new, it's hardly a
stone age relic. Excellent gameplay, but slow turning (a feature of this
port rather than the original version) spoils things somewhat. Mouse control
is also implemented rather strangely. However, this game is wonderfully
good fun to play, and things can get quite tense as you run around the levels.
Hidden areas keep the game alive, and the ability to save at any time means
you'll keep coming back to this one. Well worth buying.
For a full review of it, you could
to connect to the review of it on Adrian Jackson's WWW pages (link no
Zarch; Superior Software; 20 pounds; ****
Written by David Braben for Acorn, it was later released on other platforms
under a different name. A stunningly original game at the time, and still
pretty unique today. This really caught peoples' attention, even though it
had a very steep learning curve. Graphics appear a little simplistic now.
Also see Lander.
Zool; Gremlin Graphics; 25 pounds; ***
Attempt to transfer Sonic clone to home computers is only moderately
successful, with repetitive game play, no backgrounds, and very bad music.
There are quite a few hidden features to discover, however.
See the full review (link removed now) for more information.
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