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Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
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Hostile All-Terrain Encounters await in this shoot 'em up notable for it's unusual diagonal scroll, which is similar to Costa Panayi's previous Highway Encounter series. As nobody is qualified to take the enemy on, your task is to complete the 30 levels of training (the actual war could've been the basis for a sequel, although this never happened).

The levels alternate between controlling a Star Fighter plane and a Ground Assault Vehicle; the latter is faster but is confined to ground motion. The plane can move up and down to make dodging the simulated enemy fire easier. This generally comes at you in waves, although there are also ground installations.

Central to the game is to shoot at the cases of plasma crystals, and then fly over these so as to carry them to the end of the level. Dying loses you one of these crystals if you have at least one, or a life if you do not. Completing a level with at least 2 crystals is effectively a restart point as well, as when you die you are sent back to a level in which you collected at least 2.


H.A.T.E. ZX Spectrum Demo sequence
H.A.T.E. Commodore 64 Stage 10 - The stages start looping after this
H.A.T.E. Commodore 64 Game Over - You'll only see this on the 1st and 11th stages
H.A.T.E. ZX Spectrum Carrying plenty of cannons

Alternate Titles

  • "Hostile All-Terrain Encounter" -- Unabbreviated Title

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Zero Atari ST Nov, 1989 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 635 out of 1000 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 643 out of 1000 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 625 out of 1000 62
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 58 out of 100 58
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1990 55 out of 100 55
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 5.6 out of 12 47
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1989 4.8 out of 12 40
Power Play Amstrad CPC Jun, 1989 17 out of 100 17


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