This month's reviews include two major software houses releasing old arcade games, already well covered by existing Spectrum versions. The other is Bug-Byte's Cavern Fighter, and this one is Softek's Starblitz - a 'Defender' game. In both cases the results are excellent and go to show that a game need not be worn out if a really good improvement comes along.
In a 'Defender' game you control an attacking craft which travels over the surface of a planet avoiding the alien craft, some of which fire mines at you, others which grab humanoids from the ground. You score points for rescuing humans. The ultimate aim is to destroy an alien base in some versions, in others it's merely to survive.
The landscape scrolls continuously as you fly along, and there is a radar screen at the top which shows your position, the visible screen area, and the position of aliens and humanoids.As our reviewers discovered, Starblitz is an absolutely classic version.