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In many respects the game is superior to Knight Lore and Alien 8, in that everything moves faster and in a true eight directions. There is colour in the screens, though not much, and most importantly, the action continues off-screen so you can't hang about for long trying to work out the best tactics. Weaknessess include less variety in the problems, and the lack of a maze - the highway is a simple straight road, easy to wander along to the end, but much more difficult to negotiate with the lasertron in tow.
It is a long time since we last saw a Vortex game - TLL and Cyclone were the last products. Highway Encounter is the best yet, innovative and addictive, and should go down a treat this summer.
I am very impressed by this highly original and excellently designed game. The idea of having to chunter a bunch of droids down a road may sound a little boring, but wait until you try. Clearing the way through calls for a bit of thought but most of all you had better have a steady nerve when you meet the enemy droids. The lasers are devastating but their repeat rate is low, and it’s all to easy to fire of a couple of panic bursts to find yourself with an ‘empty’ gun when it comes to killing the nasty bearing down on you. Time and time again I found myself looking for strategic spots from which to fire, some sort of cover so I could only be attacked from one direction and thus forcing the enemy into a ‘killing zone’. This is a superb game, the gameplay is fast and thrilling, the graphics quick smooth and detailed; absorbing? Blotting paper doesn’t even come near.
In my mind this was one of the Spectrum games of this year, the same has to be true for the Amstrad. The only problem with Highway Encounter is the lack of sound and perhaps just a little glitch with the speed; when more than four or five characters appear on the screen the game slows markedly.
The odd moment of fiddly control excepted, Highway Encounter is a genuinely original concept executed with sheer class.
Un gioco da provare che permette di scoprire le potenzialità dei 48K dello Spectrum. Un shot-em-up strategico che è anche una sfida contro il tempo e riesce a regalare, ancora oggi, momenti di gioia. Anzi, di retrogioia!
Highway Encounter is another well presented and extremely playable game from Vortex.