DescriptionAliens have infested Earth, and are spreading a deadly virus throughout the planet. Needless to say, they must be stopped, and fast. The time pressure (your score upon completing a level is based on the uninfected percentage of the land) is only one difficult aspect of this shooter.
Viewed in remote 3D with a patchwork-quilt type ground effect, with trees sticking out and full gravity. Controlling your spaceship involves balancing the direction and height as well as thrusting to the right speed. A scanner tells you where the aliens are.
- "Virus" -- Amiga / Atari ST / DOS / ZX Spectrum title
- "Lander" -- Acorn 32-bit demo title
- "Bird of Prey" -- Working title
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The Press Says
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Acorn 32-bit||Dec, 1987||979 out of 1000||98|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Acorn 32-bit||Oct, 1988||980 out of 1000||98|
|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Sep, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Acorn 32-bit||Jan, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|Happy Computer||Acorn 32-bit||Mar, 1988||86 out of 100||86|
|ST/Amiga Format||Atari ST||Jul, 1988||86 out of 100||86|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Acorn 32-bit||Dec, 1987||81 out of 100||81|
|Power Play||Atari ST||Jul, 1988||8 out of 10||80|
|ST Action||Atari ST||Sep, 1988||75 out of 100||75|
|Power Play||DOS||Oct, 1989||75 out of 100||75|
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Acorn Archimedes versionA demo of the game, still called Lander at the time, was bundled with new Acorn Archimedes computers.
Commodore 64 versionDespite frequent rumours, no C64 version was officially planned.
ZX Spectrum versionThe Spectrum version started as a bedroom project, as Firebird did not believe the game was viable on 8-bit systems. It was not until Steve Dunn had written a demo of the ship flying over the landscape that anything official was signed.
- Computer Industry's InDin Awards
- 1988 - 16 bit Game of the Year
- October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
Related Web Sites
- Virus - Memories (article about the development of the ZX Spectrum version, on The Bird Sanctuary)