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was written by the author of Screaming Wings and it shows as ASTRO-DROID
is basically a futuristic version of Paul Craven's previous effort
for Red Rat. Indeed, it might well have been called SCREAMING WINGS
The game scenario speaks of Reldan Fighters and Neutron-powered Star
Craft and suchlike, but you can forget the blurb as this is more or
less another Uridium clone. Quite obviously it's Red Rat'S bid to
cash in on the success of Warhawk and this should be enough to tell
you that ASTRO-DROID is a vertical scrolling space-zapper.
The flight over the Reldan mega-craft is identical to the flight
over the asteroid station in Warhawk, but the alien space-fighters
are faster, meaner and altogether more deadly. Destroying 'C'
targets will transform your Astro-Droid into an invincible
attack-ship and, believe me, this is the only way you'll negotiate
your way through some of the alien attack formations. Not even Luke
Skywalker could weave his way safely through that lot!
Graphically ASTRO-DROID has the edge over Warhawk, but it's main
drawback (for people like me) is that it's a bit of a toughie. The
instructions mention bonus sections in deep space but I've never
lasted the pace sufficient to encounter any. Definitely one for all
those poor suffering mega-players who can't find a difficult enough
Atari game to sink their teeth into.
Apart from that, it has brilliant graphics, reasonable sound
effects, original music, and challenging gameplay. Red Rat have done
it again. Who needs English Software anyway??