What the..? I can hear music! Real music! It’s… IT’S A REAL GAME! With real graphics! And real controls that don’t freeze half the time! Oh, just look at it.
Look at those lovely, grainy little isometric graphics. I’m stuck in a giant 3D hedge maze and I don’t care, because the scrolling is smooth as butter. I’ve no idea what I’m supposed to be doing, but there are teleports, and Manic Miner style guardians, and I can actually push objects around in my little car thing. Oh, eleven out of ten, just for saving me from the unending tedium of crap Space Invaders clones. Hurrah!
It’s another unofficial Alien tie-in. But wait! This one’s almost interesting! You get to run around the spaceship, looking for escape equipment, Alcatraz Harry style! Only…
…well, it doesn’t look quite as good as Alcatraz Harry, does it? That’s actually one of the more interesting rooms, too, because there’s something in it. Also, if you do run into the alien, there is no way whatsoever of avoiding it. I’ve dived right back into the rubbish here, haven’t I?
Ah, wait – here’s the sequel to the acclaimed Highway Encounter. It’s a flip screen adventure/shooter in which you push an object along a flip-screen map to… do some stuff.
To be honest, I keep getting horribly killed on the second screen, so I haven’t seen very much of the game. The controls are ‘interesting’, and to be honest the leading cause of death here. Still, it’s fast and smooth, and therefore better than at least one of the isometric games we’ve seen today.
There’s a full page of instructions in this one, which really boils down to ‘shoot the insects in the head’. Well, I’m not going to argue with so sensible a request, so off I go to shoot insects in the head.
This is a surprisingly nippy little shooter. The aliens don’t move around too much, sadly, so much of the game consists of sitting in one place and shooting them as they march by. Still, for 1983 this is fantastic, and I have to make a special mention of the sound – it’s very arcadey, somewhat reminiscent of Robotron, only less ‘RAAWR!’. In fact, I had more fun with this than I did with Alien Highway. Hmm.