The speech in the introductory sequence probably sums things up best - "the biggest unanswered question is 'where is the money?"
The player has 4 missions to take on, in each case trying to kill baddies for the money they have, which can be spent in the shop rooms to upgrade their craft. Energy is depleted by contact with enemies and the walls, although there are some baddies who simply hover on your ship and steal, rather than physically doing damage.
The game is a shoot 'em up which scrolls both horizontally and vertically, while being viewed from an R-Type style sideways perspective. Navigating the levels sometimes requires the player to duck through gaps in scenery.
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The artwork used on the front of the box and on the intro screen is called "Protector" and was made by the well-known British illustrator Peter Andrew Jones
. Like a lot of his art, the piece has appeared on sci-fi book covers: it was first used for a 1979 British paperback release of Larry Niven
and depicts Phssthpok the Pak, a main character from the book. It also appeared on a Dutch edition of Niven's Ringworld Throne
and is featured in Jones' art book Solar Wind
wrote the game inspired by an arcade game called Mr. Heli
. He wrote it at home, in his bedroom, in his spare time.
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- Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Action Game in 1989