Sniper (Soft Joe's) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By Soft Joe's Software
Dragon 32/64

Published in Home Computing Weekly #26

This tape offers a high-res apartment block with 'targets' popping up at the windows. You, the sniper, are armed with a joystick controlled gunsight and take pot-shots. You lose lives if you miss within the time limit for each target.

There are two major drawbacks to this game. Firstly, the so-called "smart" targets are disappointing blobs. An "ultimate" version (to quote the blurb) might surely be expected to have something more realistic or interesting.

Secondly, the control of the gunsight, although smooth, was a little too slippery. It was the same sensation as trying to control the little ball in one of those hand-held puzzles which rolls around and never quite goes where you want it to. Perhaps with a self-centering joystick I might have done better.

At the start you are given the choice of novice or expert and at the end you are given an assessment - quite amusing at times!

On the whole I found it very frustrating and unrewarding. What looked like an initially good graphic presentation failed to create any interest.


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