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CORE Design Ltd
1989
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£9.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Cyril Herelle
Chris Bourne

It's Nigel Mansell in the last few miles of the race with only Piquet to beat, but Piquet refuses to give way. There's only one means of getting past, blow his hide into oblivion! Nigel releases his missiles and in a flash of light his foe explodes into a million tiny pieces. Nigel, as usual, is victorious. And why not, he has the eyebrows!

You've been sent on a mission by the President (God bless George Bush, he loves sending people on dodgy missions) to stop an enemy force from attacking. In fact Action Fighter doesn't really specify what you've got to stop these enemies attacking or what president you're actually defending, so you can make up something like, "you're on a mission to stop the evil forces of Ramsey Street from attacking Albert Square and it's great leader, President Dot Cotton." Yes, that should do it.

Shoot cars, bikes and helicopters in a helter skelter harem scarem racing shoot 'em up. Once you kill a certain number of enemies tokens come down from the heavens (it's a miracle I telly you), lettered from A to F. Collecting these tokens enables you to transform from a bike, to a car, to a flying car.

The graphics are monochrome (black and white), clear and simple except when you turn into a flying machine where everything turns blue and white and it gets very hard to see what's going on (I really don't like this section of the game). Sound is good with plenty of gun shots explosions and music to keep everyone happy.Which is precisely what Action Fighter should do for racing fans who want their lives spiced up a little.

Label: Kixx
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Cyril Herelle

ALAN: A moderately enjoyable game which is spoiled by the flying car section, where bad graphics make it difficult to see bullets coming at you. It could still have some of you coming back for more though... just like MacDonalds.

There are five levels in Action Fighter, a game which works rather well on Spectrum. Playability is as smooth as a baby's bum but substantial difficulty makes playing the game rather like walking a tight rope.

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