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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Matt Regan
Chris Bourne

Don't you hate it when people go out of their way to ruin your day? Well, in Line Of Fire, the mysteriously named Enemy have developed a new type of machine gun that's given them the upper hand in the ongoing war. So to counter this, the good guys have sent two top commandos to nab the Uzi-style fashion accessory. escape with it, and mow down anyone silly enough to stand in their way. Just a Sunday jaunt to MacDonalds for these hard lads really.

The game starts at the point when the two heroes, Red and Blue (did their mums really name them that?), have grabbed the prototype gun and are trying to fight their way out of the enemy complex. Needless to say, the Enemies aren't too pleased with this invasion of their privacy, and are determined to kill the commandos before they escape. So the chums travel through the corridors, using their gunsights to shoot the foes. before their lifemeters expire - meaning death and failure.

Luckily there are bonus items to be shot that give Red and Blue increased health, better weapons, and even rocket bombs for mass destruction and slaughter. Every so often a boss or two appears, needing many more shots to kill. Once out of the budding, there are sections on boats (where the baddies zoom in on inflatable dinghies); and also there's a level set in a town, with helicopters, jeeps and foot soldiers trying to gun the boys down.

Line Of Fire is a direct clone of Operation Wolf and Thunderbolt, but is a great game nonetheless. The only problem is that the sights move not quite fast enough for me. But then I was always an impatient child. Still, Line of Fire adds a new perspective to a tried and tested formula and shells out lots of death-dealing fun for all the family!

Label: US Gold
Price: £9.99 48K/128K
Reviewer: Matt Regan

Shoots straight from the hip and blows away most competition. Neat graphics, highly buyable.