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Good graphics, average sound, fine gameplay but, horror of horrors, it always was a snoozeworthy game.
The gameplay is a fairly accurate translation of the Tengen coin op, but the original was repetitive. The graphics are adequate, but given that this is a cartridge game a lot more could of have been done with it. The screens you get between levels aren't exciting enough to have you chomping at the bit. Sound effects are also competent. OK, Domark have been vindicated (ungh - Ed) but only just.
Coin-op Vindicators boasted stunning sound FX, a weird control system and was quite fun for a couple of goes. But the C64 version, while adequately programmed with some attractive backdrops and sprites, can't match this coin-op glitz and must rely on gameplay which was never that addictive anyway. Trundling through countless overhead-view screens soon gets incredibly boring and while the simultaneous two-player mode is welcome, it can't save a game which feels so ancient.