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720º is probably one of the best conversions US Gold have proferred for a long while. The scrolling works extremely well, neatly and suitably moving in time with the skater's kicks. The monochrome graphics with the addition of some subtle shading give a good feeling of perspective and solidity. Sadly, there is little sound which is unnverving when you can see the loudspeakers at the start point booming away.
While skateboarding can be a lot of fun once you've got the hang of the controls, 720's graphics slightly take the polish of the game - they're a little on the indistinct side. The 'killer bees' in particular swarm so closely that they might just as well be called a killer blob. The sound, too, is nothing to write home about.
Control of the board is fairly easy - easier than Skate or Die
, that's for sure. But it doesn't give you much of a feel of being on board - much too stable for a start!
Unfortunately, the gameplay never really lived up to its splendid graphics and basic game idea. This was not USG's fault. They made a good job of most of the 8-bit conversions (C64 was the best, Spectrum and Amstrad just competent).
Die Konvertierung vom Automaten auf den Heimcomputer ist also in beiden Fallen hervorragend gelungen. Schade ist nur, daß die Idee für diesen Automaten zwar recht originell ist, aber Mängel in der Umsetzung aufweist, die sich natürlich bei den Konvertierungen niederschlagen. Sorry, US. GOLD, aber 720° ist leider nur Durchschnitt.