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Glider Rider

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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ZX Spectrum
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2.4
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Description

The World Government has taken the decision to wipe out the Abraxas Corporation, a weaponry-dealing regime that has helped dictators and terrorists for decades. As a member of the elite Silent But Deadly force, you have been sent in to destroy their plastic island, most importantly their 10 reactors. The twist is that you are expected to do this on board a rickety hang-glider.

Everything on the island must be bombed using your grenades, but the most efficient method of travel is to hug the ground and stay low, so a balance must be found to be in the sky at the right times. Each reactor is protected by lasers, although by running into the nearest control tower these can be sent haywire for long enough to allow you to jump in and destroy them.

Screenshots

Glider Rider ZX Spectrum Island - hi-tech military base
Glider Rider Commodore 64 Driving up a hill.
Glider Rider ZX Spectrum Main menu
Glider Rider ZX Spectrum Intro

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The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1986 92 out of 100 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1986 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Dec, 1986 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Nov, 1986 14 out of 20 70

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Trivia

Version differences

Silent but Deadly describes the 48K Spectrum version quite aptly as well, as it has virtually no sound - other versions (including the Spectrum 128K version on the other side of the tape) have a fluid soundtrack and lots of spot effects. As well as the obvious memory disadvantage against the C64 and other rival systems, the Spectrum's sound hardware wasn't nearly as impressive, especially for music, so quite a few games featured sparse sound, although this is one of the more extreme examples.
Contributed to by Jo ST (14212) and Martin Smith (63134)