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OK, so it's basically straightforward left/right/fire stuff – but if you like fast arcade action and are not frightened of spending all your waking hours muttering `just one more go' then get your wallet out and buy yourself a copy.
I still, to this very day, admire Moon Cresta for being an adrenalin-fuelled, no nonsense shmup that epitomises the simplistic gaming challenges of early arcade games. Left, right and fire was all it took to take a young impressionable teenager from a world where potting the black was the challenge of the day.
Here's a new game on an old theme that should get the blood racing again! Away with the namby-pamby arcade/adventures! For zap-happy arcade freaks Incentive's new Moon Cresta will revive the good old rainy days spent hurling ten penny pieces into the maw of a dedicated arcade machine. This is a loving (and official) recreation of the Nichibutsu arcade original, right down to the attract mode with a colourful title page and a message reading, 'Moon Cresta - A trip to the Space War - Try it Now! - You can get a lot of Fun and Thrills!' The major change between this, the first ever home computer version, and the original is the panel allowing you to select between the redefinable keyboard controls and joystick options.
Today's more sophisticated players should take a trip down memory lane and see how it all began, sort of.
This a superb implementation of the archaic arcade classic of the same name. The thing is Moon Cresta wasn't much of a game when it first came out, and it certainly doesn't hold its own with the quality of software today.
This is a classic arcade 'shoot 'em up' and a faithful reproduction of the original coin operated job of the same name, also known as Firebird. [...] Nothing new here, just sheer unadulterated blasting pleasure.
Good shoot 'em up games are difficult to find these days, mainly because most companies have booted their aliens into orbit.
Incentive, however, has only just made it back from the Mountains of Ket, and do not know about such things. The company has just brought out a passable version of Moon Cresta.
Slick controls, distinctive graphics and almost-musical sound effects add up to a memorable package, but one which was too tough for some casual gamers to master.
Moon Cresta is an officially licensed copy of the same name arcade game, and as you'd expect, it includes all the main features of the original. If you've never seen it (which pubs did you misspend your youth in? - Ed.), the basic idea is just for a change, to zap aliens.
As a dedicated shoo-em-up fan Moon Cresta is one of my all time favourite games. Unfortunately, it isn't on the BBC Micro. The only thing to recommend this game is that there is very little else out on the market for this machine.