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Description

In this arcade shoot'em up your mission is to infiltrate the alien fortress during eight levels, and to destroy the fortress and the alien.

Sitting in Ajax H.Q., you must pilot the remote controlled drone ship to do this. The drone represents jet fighter (behind view) and helicopter gunship (top-down view). It may be moved on the screen, fire air-to-air and air-to-ground guns and pow bomb. Limitless hordes of mechanoid invaders, whose sole intent is the total domination of the Earth, will try to stop you. Exit from each level is guarded by the powerful boss, who you should eliminate.

There are two versions of the arcade version (Typhoon in Europe and Ajax in Japan) which only differ in the order of the eight stages. The DOS and Sharp versions are based on Ajax while the Commodore 64, CPC (five levels) and ZX Spectrum (six levels) versions are based on Typhoon. The PlayStation 4 version includes both arcade versions.

Screenshots

Ajax ZX Spectrum Eventually the ship succumbs and is destroyed by a series of explosions. The score on the right seems to increase with each one until ....
Ajax ZX Spectrum The fighters launch missiles that are best avoided. It may be possible to shoot them down but its something that this player could not accomplish
Ajax Commodore 64 Starting in jet fighter...
Ajax ZX Spectrum There she is in all her glory. Salvos of missiles come up from the ship and the game is now about hosing the ship down with fire while avoiding them.

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Ajax Screenshot
Ajax Screenshot
Ajax Screenshot
Ajax Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Typhoon" -- ZX Spectrum, C64 and CPC UK title
  • "Arcade Archives A-JAX" -- PlayStation 4 title

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 71 out of 100 71
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 69 out of 100 69
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 67 out of 100 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 654 out of 1000 65
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 59 out of 100 59
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 6.6 out of 12 55
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 5.5 out of 10 55

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