By Beyond
Commodore 64

Published in Computer & Video Games #52


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman and it's a little bit of a disappointment.

The Man of Steel indulges in a trial of strength with one of his worst enemies, Darkseid, an evil tyrant who threatens the entire universe.

The game starts off well with two great digitised pictures of Superman and Darkseid. But after that, the graphics are not so hot.

Superman: The Game

The battle rages across a variety of screens ranging from the city streets of Metropolis to Darkseid's subterranean lairs. Superman must rescue the good citizens of Metropolis as they are captured by the super-villain and at the same time both use their superpowers to defeat each other.

Darkseid uses his Omega Beam, a mysterious force generated from his eyes, to attack Superman and teleport his victims to his lair. Superman counters these powers with his super-breath, strength and ability to fly.

The game can be played either by two people or one player controlling Superman against the computer. Victory is achieved by using up all your opponents strength or once all the citizens have been captured or rescued, the player with the most wins.

The best graphics apepar on the intermediate screens between the six play levels. The 3D effects of the Man of Steel flying are quite nice. But the main play screens tend to look a little flat.