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The arcade machine is not the most awe-inspiring creation the world has ever seen, but this Amiga version is very good. The bright colourful SR-88 Battle Tanks rumble around the screen as if they mean serious business, aided by some pretty impressive sound effects. A great buy - get it.
indicators is the first title in a series of coin-op conversion by Domark’s new label, Tngen. If you have not spotted the advertisements littered about the paces of your brightest daily (well, monthly), Tengen is the result of a contracted amalgation between Domark and Atari’s coin-op division.
HERE is a surprise – a fleet of hostile space stations is loitering with intent just 53 miles west of Venus. The burhers of Planet Earth are getting understandably hot under the collar. It is a good job, then, that they have developed a mega battle tank, the SR-88 Vindicator.
Let me guess which party has volunteered to drive the thing: Merv Klein from Athens, GA has just sawn his leg off for charity, so you are the only one qualified. What a surprise. Once through the Van Allen belt you get a chance to check out your dinky little engine of destruction. Despite its jaunty paintwork and rotational controls, this jalopy packs quite a punch.
If you are not too faimilar wityh the vehicle, Mission Control suggests you take on the first station because it is entirely staffed with nerds. Stroll in, knock off a few brainless tanks and gun emplacements, get the key and exit to the next level. Easy.
Domark launch the new Tengen label, on which most major Atari coin-op conversions will appear for three years, with this space-tank shoot-em-up for one or two players.
Controlling an SR 88 Strategic Battle Tank, the player must eliminate each one of 14 multi-level space stations, sent to conquer the earth by the evil alien Tangent Empire, by finding and destroying the control centre at the heart of each station. To reach the next level, the player must locate and trundle over a key.
The fourteen space stations of the Tangent Empire are floating around the cosmos, annihilating civilisations. Earth’s leaders, on hearing of the Empire’s dirty deeds, have sent you on a mission to eliminate the alien threat.