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Ocean Software Ltd
1986
Arcade: Vehicle Combat
£7.95
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
SpeedLock 2

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Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

The telly version of this was one of those one-series wonders that was once very popular but fizzled out after no time at all. Which was a bit unfortunate for Ocean really, who took absolutely ages to get this game out, after completely rewriting it at one stage, so that it arrived at rather an awkward time. It's one of these playing-it-safe film games - really just a scrolling shoot-'em-up that could have been called just about anything. It's more like Spy Hunter than anything else, with vertical scrolling, you on a bike instead of a car and plenty of other traffic to shoot/avoid.

And that's about it really, apart from a Jump key which lets you, erm, jump over other traffic, a Turbo key for a bit of extra speed and every so often a baddy who appears on the road and shoots at you. It's not outstanding in any way, but the graphics are slicker than usual and it's got quite a good 'Street Hawk' feel to it. All that's missing is variety, so it gets boring after a while. Oh, and our resident biker and Art Asst says that "his off-side crankshaft sprocket's not quite to scale". We told him to shut up.

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Crap bike, ahoy! (More "put-put" than "vroom-vroom" methinks.)