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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Dave: How many games seem to be centred around the goings-on of a loading bay? Are they really such interesting places? Probably not ... but then again, the games they inspire aren't that interesting either!

Don't Panic has you controlling a droid working in the loading bay, and it's your job to get it zooming around the screen loading odd bits and pieces in a rocket; you do this by purifying the screen with your laser and then pushing them into the hold with further blasts from your laser. Which all sounds easy, until someone mentions the indestructible alien that's hanging around to spoil all your fun.

The goods you've to pack on to the rocket are all good fun, such as poisonous Teddy Bears and so on, but overall the game is quite frustrating. The fact that the alien can not only move faster than you, but also manage to deal out death with astonishing accuracy, just made the whole affair rather boring after a while.

Arcade aces will probably find it a reasonable challenge, but there isn't enough variety here to make it a classic. 2/5 MISS

Ross: This ain't a bad game at all. Good graphics and a simple idea make for a game that's compulsive and tricky. 3/5 HIT

Roger: And I thought this would have something to do with Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. How wrong I was! Still, it's not a bad little number... pretty piccies anyway. 3/5 MISS