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

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

US Gold, Spectrum version reviewed, £8.99cs, £12.99dk

Kwon is the killing machine in question, but no sub-machine guns and rocket launchers here: this is a beat-em-up in the Street Fighter mould, with large sprites and rounds fought in various capital cities.

You start the game in Moscow feeling pretty tough, so it'll take first opponent Igor five knock-downs to defeat you, whereas you only need three to beat him. Allow yourself to get knocked down a couple of times though, and you'll take on the next opponent (a dog called Shepski) in a tired state, meaning you fight on equal terms. Just manage to scrape through the round and you're in a weak position to take on the next opponent, which is in Amsterdam outside a Nachtclub, slugging it out with an irate woman called Maria. If you think she's tough, wait till you meet Helga!

As well as the usual moves available with or without the fire button pressed, some of the attacking ploys are rather more spectacular than average. Graphics are good (especially the backgrounds) and animation and gameplay are fine, but it's not original stuff and is probably one for the real beat-em-up hard core.


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Spectrum - Human Killing Machine.