Top Gun

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Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
Thomson MO
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The Tom Cruise film featured an F-14 Tomcat plane, and this licensed game recreates this. Viewed from the cockpit in full 3D, the game is a straight head-to-head duel, against another player or the computer. You are armed with missiles (while put you in control of a small target zone, which must remain over your opponent for 3 seconds), flares and cannons (which overheat when overused)- use these more wisely than your opponent. Pay attention to speed and altitude too. The computer has 3 planes to throw at you, of which the last is the toughest, while each player in a 2-player game also has 3 'lives'.


Top Gun Commodore 64 Title screen
Top Gun Commodore 64 Press fire to start!
Top Gun ZX Spectrum This is the game load screen from the original 1986 Spectrum release
Top Gun ZX Spectrum The spot in the radar screen is the enemy plane. The computer is closing on its target, player one is still some way off

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Mar, 1987 61 out of 100 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 3.4 out of 12 28


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On June 30, 1988, Top Gun was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

The original Spectrum version was incompatible with the +2A and +3 models. The Hit Squad reissue does work, but without the music.
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