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Atari STAtari ST User
Gemini Wing is good, it's fast, colourful, musical and contains touches of originality, but it is still just another addition to the already crowded vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up market.
Resümee: Eine gelungene Automatenadaption für mehrere Spieler, für Einzelkämpfer erscheint es mir dagegen hier und da zu wirr.
Commodore 64Commodore User
The action is incredibly fast and ferocious, with a myriad of different aliens attacking at once. Commendably, the speed of the game is maintained no matter how much is happening off screen, although the music slows a little. Sometimes there is just too much going on, with too many aliens and bullets heading your way, and the easiest way to get to the next section is to die and fly your next ship through while it is still at the usual ‘flashing invincible’ stage. I am sure that over time the player would become more adept at dodging so many aliens, but initially it is a little discouraging to die on such a regular basis. The sound is good, with a couple of nice tunes and sound effects, the graphics are blocky on occasion, and, at times, it is nigh on impossible to see what is going on. This has, despite the power up problems, the makings of a good shoot’ em up. It is just a shame that it is that little bit too frenetic and, visually, god-awful mess.
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
The alien horde swoops around with great zeal creating havoc for an unprepared player. A pleasant tune plays throughout the game, and the graphics are of the same cartoon quality as the Amiga's.
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The graphics are colourful and the ingame tunes are jolly, but the Amiga version gives us the impression that the machine hasn't been used to its full potential. Still the game is very playable, and that's what counts at the end of the day.
Multiload before meeting the end-level alien isn't too good an idea. Some moderately impressive mother aliens but the general graphical quality is average. Highly atmospheric tunes throughout. Good two player blasting action although the game isn't overly attractive to the single player. Even with the continue play it's not an easy game. Standard blasting fodder with a few extras to liven it up.
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
With a good title tune on the 128K version, the Spectrum game's every bit as tough as its big brothers, though the action slows down a touch when a lot of aliens are on the screen at one time.
Attractive packaging. Prolonged multiload. One player mode only is a let down. Some neatly shaded backdrops, satisfyingly large and varied sprites. Pleasant tunes per level but lacking powerful or varied effects. Would have been better and more fun to get into with two player action but the instant appeal is still strong. Seven playable levels with enough challenge and variety. Nothing new in concept but nice to look at with some varied weapons to pick up.
Unfortunately, the Amiga version is not on a par with its eight bit buddies. Graphics are of course superior, but could have been better. Sound is weak and unmemorable, and gameplay is much slower and simpler. All in all, a fairly standard Amiga shoot ‘em up, disappointing when stood next to the 64 version.
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
Although colourful, the famous blocky sprites make it a wee bit difficult to avoid danger at times, and the multiload is a bit of a pain. Worse still, there's only a one-player mode, which kills the point of the game a little.
Die Automatenumsetzung „Gemini Wing“ ist ein Action-Spiel, dessen ausgezeichnete Idee sich leider nicht optimal am C64 entfalten kann. Mängel zeigen sich insbesondere bei der Hintergrundgrafik, beim Sound, sowie bei den Schlußmonstern der einzelnen Level. Wer keine Möglichkeit hat, „Gemini Wing“ am Automaten zu spielen, der sollte sich dieses Spiel mal auf dem C64 ansehen.
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Some attractive background graphics, sprites and end-of-level aliens don't compensate much for slow and simple gameplay, just not in the same class as Xenon II
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
There's a multiload between the title screen and the first level every time you play, so getting started isn't much fun. The graphics are indistinct and bland and, as a result, the action is very frustrating. There are many better vertical scrollers on the C64.
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Take a good look back at the history of shoot-em-ups on the 64. Uridium, Terra Cresta, Starray. Now keep looking back, because you ain't gonna find no future in Gemini Wing. Control is sluggish and the soundtrack awful. Avoid.