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US Gold Ltd
1988
Arcade: Maze
£8.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

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Kiddies are in need of help, and you're on your way. They're trapped inside mirrors, in a castle bursting with things you'd avoid in dark alleys.

As you move up the screen it scrolls downward - obviously this is a very long, thin castle. Initially your only weapons are your fists, but later on you can pick up more dangerous devices like bombs (Spectrum) and boomerangs (Amstrad).

Mostly you'll encounter henchmen who look and behave much like yourself. There are also bigger, meaner-looking defenders who throw knives or fireballs, and hits from any of these deplete your energy. You face a more abrupt end if you run into a mine or water - you'll cash in your chips pronto.

At the end of each floor there's a tricky screen where disembodied heads bounce around the screen. You've got to let all of them have a bunch of fives in the chops to move to the next level.

On the way along you can pick up extras like money bags and energy. Warps will move you around the screen and jars act like smart bombs. Most important of all are the mirrors. Give them a good thumping and out pop the children for you to collect. Other objects on walls also come into play - clocks freeze the bad guys for a time - and some walls can be punched through.

The game's easy to get into, but ends up being frustrating because it's virtually impossible to stay clear of all the trouble. Random elements, like materialising baddies, rolling barrels and such, just make life too hairy.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £8.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Ams, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
Atari ST, £19.99dk, Imminent


Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 65/100
1 hour: 60/100
1 day: 58/100
1 week: 40/100
1 month: 25/100
1 year: 15/100

Not big enough to hold you for long and too many random elements.

4/10
3/10
2/10
5/10
505/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

No real attempt at colour here but it has detail and good speed. A reasonable version made difficult by the knife-throwers.

AMSTRAD VERSION

The graphics are garish and blocky. The gameplay is easier than the Spectrum version because the knife-throwers are replaced by predictable fireball-throwers.

Graphics: 4/10

Audio: 3/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 5/10

Ace Rating: 505/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 63/100

1 hour: 60/100

1 day: 58/100

1 week: 40/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 10/100

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Sepctrum - Watch out for that heavily-armoured guy chucking the cutlery in all directions.