Go back to the lawless era of Prohibition as you play a lone cop in America defending the streets against the gangsters and the bootleggers. Each level consists of a single screen in which men pop out from windows, roofs and boxes, firing bullets and hurling bottles at you, which you must of course dodge. You must try to survive with all your lives intact for a set period of time, after which you will be taken to the next level. You start the game with nine lives, and you’ll need them. The music on the menu is an excellent rendition of a very well known tune, and the graphics, while perhaps lacking slightly in colour, are well drawn. The gameplay is hectic and you’ll need quick reflexes and a sharp eye to succeed.
This is one of the less well known cartridge games, at least in the UK. The plot is certainly not original – it’s the usual “aliens have taken over the Earth” story. You’ve got the latest helicopter and have to destroy the aliens. The game is a standard vertically scrolling shoot-’em-up where you fly your helicopter left and right, shoot planes and aliens, and collect some power-ups. The extra facilities of the Plus are used here to produce some nice graphics, but it’s a shame that the game itself is rather dull.
The asteroid mining base Eroc 1 has come under attack from aliens, and all 720 personnel are dead. You, Andrew Angello, have been sent to the base to investigate what has happened. You must explore the mines and retrieve all the bio-memory units that recorded events at the base. During your search, you will need to find batteries to replenish your energy, and several other useful objects, such as a metal detector and laser gun, are buried, so you must also find a spade. The mines are very large (there are over 1,000 screens!), so it will take a long time to find all the units. Making a map is essential, but the graphics are drawn in monochrome, and one room looks very similar to the next. The icon-driven menu system for selecting commands is also extremely fiddly to use.
Reviewed by Robert Small
OMK perhaps doesn’t have the best reputation as a developer on the CPC. Buran, another of their releases, had some good ideas but the execution wasn’t great. Are there signs of improvement with La Corona Mágica? Yes – in terms of graphics, at the very least. The look of the game is reasonably true to the animation on which it’s based. There are panels at the start that introduce the various characters, and in-game it’s colourful, but the movement of the characters is a bit wooden. The backgrounds are quite nice, though. You get to play as more than one character but the gameplay consists of very basic spellcasting or fighting accompanied by annoying sound effects. All in all a very shallow game.
(The Power House, 1987)
Two players must battle it out to locate the pieces of the star-bomb which are scattered around several levels. Each level is actually a long corridor, and the parts are found at the very end of the corridors. The first player to assemble the star-bomb wins by blowing up his or her opponent. That’s all there is to this game, really. To make it last a bit longer, you can configure the difficulty level and the number of pieces to collect. The graphics are ugly and the colour schemes which are used are horrible. The music, if you can call it that, is even worse! This is a really boring game which lacks action and anything which might be exciting.
It’s your first day in your new job with Rogers & Rogers, but your new business partner David Rogers is attempting to stitch you up for insider dealing. You must expose this corruption and bring him to justice, or you’ll be the one who ends up in jail! This is a text adventure that unusually is set not in space or a fantasy world, but in the City of London in the 1980s. The emphasis isn’t on collecting and using objects but on interacting with the other characters in the adventure. They move around frequently, and being in the right places at the right times is essential if you want to progress and obtain the necessary evidence. It’s a very tough adventure to complete and it will require a lot of trial and error, but I found the scenario very engrossing, although the graphics in several locations are poorly converted.
(Opera Soft, 1989)
Reviewed by Javier Sáez
Corsarios is one of the few beat-’em-ups released by Spanish software companies. The first part is a 15th century version of Target; Renegade, where a pirate has to fight his way out of a prison and go a long way to a ship. It’s quite enjoyable, but too difficult for my liking. The second part is a side-view platform game in which you have to rescue a girl before she is executed. This part is less interesting at first, but it’s easier, and so you’ll enjoy it for longer than the first one. And that’s all; good graphics and sound, and an interesting game.
(Opera Soft, 1986)
Mike Bronco has been hired by the mayor of Chicago to clean up the city and rid it of the gangsters who have been terrorising it for years. The game is set in the 1920s, and as Mike Bronco, you must search nearly 100 screens to locate and kill five gangster chiefs – but their henchmen are out to get you as well! Shooting the henchmen will leave behind boxes of ammunition which you must collect, as your own supply is limited. You will probably also need to make a map, as it is easy to become lost in the city. The graphics and sound effects have a cartoon-like quality to them, and while there are some annoying niggles (such as losing more than one life in quick succession due to bombs or enemies not being erased from the screen), it isn’t a bad game overall and it will provide some enjoyment.
Rebels have sabotaged a mining base on one of Jupiter’s moons and placed twelve pumps around the base, which will destroy it completely. This is a job for the Cosmic Sheriff – you! You must find the pumps on each of the three levels by firing at locks. Each lock displays a number, which decreases when you shoot it; if you do this continuously, you will destroy it – but not all of the locks contain pumps. Of course, the base is filled with rebels, monsters and tanks who will shoot at you if you’re not quick enough! This is a great target shooting game with excellent graphics, as one would expect from Dinamic, although there are very few sound effects and they’re mediocre anyway. It’s a simple yet challenging game, and thankfully it’s not too difficult.
Strap yourself into your CZ Neutrozapper space fighter and prepare to travel through the many dimensions of the universe in order to save it. There are two rather worrying problems, though; the fighter is in need of repair, and you forgot to bring the servicing manual with you! This is a basic 3D shoot-’em-up; blast some aliens, then go to the next level. To make things slightly more interesting (but only slightly), every so often, your fighter will suffer damage, and you must repair it by replacing components on a circuit board within a time limit; if you run out of time, the ship explodes. There are no power-ups to collect, the frame rate is slow, and blasting alien after alien soon becomes very dull – and it doesn’t help that the game itself crashes after a few levels.