Computer Gamer

Shoot 'Em Up

Publisher: Budgie
Machine: Commodore 64/128

Published in Computer Gamer #14

Shoot 'Em Up

This game isn't going to win any awards for subtlety as it's a classic "shoot everything that moves" game.

In a style that's reminiscent of early Minter, you have to blast the living daylights out of a weird and wonderful collection of aliens, before they get you.

For example, the first screenful that you have to endure is full of Clive Sinclairs, quickly followed a few screens later by rampant telephone boxes (captioned "It's for youhoo") and the aptly-named "What the hell's that?".

Shoot Em Up

Your ship is armed by lasers that are drained as you fire at them and driven by engines that consume valuable fuel every time you move and protected by incredibly flimsy shields. Losing either will certainly end in the loss of one of your lives.

Luckily you can find more fuel in handy gas stations and if things get too crowded you can blow everything up with one of your Zart bombs.

A simple but fun game but beware of the awful jokes that scroll along the bottom of the screen while the game is waiting for a player - they're deadlier than the aliens!