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Players Premier
1989
Arcade: Platform
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Unspecified custom loader

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Tony Dillon
Chris Bourne

Now this is a bit unusual. Unusual title, unusual plot. You are Brad, known to his friend as Brad, track driver extraordinaire who, when he isn't working at his truck driving firm, can find no better way to relax than driving a truck. When the muties invaded, somehow they managed to latch onto his only weak spot. They took the only thing that really matters to a man. They stole his truck. Now he's mad.

So, in his anger, he does what any other red blooded trackless track driver would do. He sets off to take it back, and what a journey he has to take. Three whole stages of sadistical mayhem. First, our gallant hero has to battle through a haunted forest followed by a graveyard. Then a quick ramble through a nearby desert and finally to the mutie's base, where his track is held captive. Now forgive me if I'm wrong, but that isn't an awful lot of levels. Still, maybe they're so full of action and adventure that it seems like you're getting a huge game.

Maybe not. TMSMT is a pretty dull game inter-spiced with some rather dreadful still pictures, laughably so. This is how the game works. You have to scroll from left to right, shooting all the bad guys with your little gun. At various points, you can collect extra weapons, such as flame throwers and laser rifles. At the end of the level, you fights a large bad guy who takes a lot of hits to destroy. See, brimming with originality.

Graphically, it's not too bad. The sprites are large, and recongnisable, though I'm not too sure about the animation. The backdrops are dull and repetitive, for each level and a hole here and there. The graphical low point of the entire game, and one of the funniest things I have ever seen are the stills that appear between the levels. The first one has the main character stood in a forest, and judging by the rather stumpy legs he has, it looks like he's kneeling down on a pair of shoes.

I don't want to say it's crap, because that would be unfair. It just isn't any good. A dip in standard from Players.

This is all a bit of a shame, but I get the feeling that there just wasn't a great deal of imagination in the mixture for this little concoction.

Label: Players Premier
Author: In-house
Price: £2.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Tony Dillon

Dull, substandard scrolling shoot-'em-up. At least it's budget.

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