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Ocean Software Ltd
1989
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£8.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Jon Pillar
Chris Bourne

Rip your shirt and bare your teeth cos here's another of those gritty Op-Wolfish shoot-'em-up. Actually, that was a bit of a lie - although you do get a roving gunsight (as in Wolf), you also get to leg it away from enemy bullets. Hurrah! Each of the 20 (multiloaded) levels sees you scampering across the bottom of the screen, armed with a machine-pistol (with unlimited ammo), a few grenades, whatever power-ups you can blag, and biceps that knock down walls. The rest of the playing area is stuffed full of foot soldiers, tanks, trucks, helicopters and scenery (which hides a few bad guys). You can hide behind the scenery on your bit of the screen too (well until it all gets blasted away, that is!).

Graphically, Cabal has gone for the chunky and colourful look, and everything's surprisingly clear despite the amount of blazing mayhem. Frantic fun at first, the gameplay does get somewhat repetitive, but it's a short-term stonker, and a great game to dip into (which considering it's basically Space Invaders with muscles, is quite an achievement really).

81%

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Not a neighbourhood you'd like to live in. For a start there are blokes with guns running all over it. Get out of my garden!