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And now that Activision has proved the seemingly impossible, the ball is now in US Gold's court. Will Thunderblade
shoot down Afterburner? Or will Afterburner leave Thunderblade in the jet wash? One thing's for sure: Thunderblade will have to be exceptional to beat this.
must have had many sleepless night when it came to converting this to the Spectrum. Those sleepless nights have paid off in producing a game of thoroughly enjoyable playability. It may not look much with its mainly monochrome display, fast moving but limited ground graphics and narrow screen width, but it incorporates gameplay to match the arcade machine and is just as much fun to play - amazing!
This conversion of the hit Sega coin-op puts you in the seat of an F-14, pitted against hordes of enemy aircraft. It's all really very good, considering the machine's limitations. Fans of the coin-op, grab three quid and check it out pronto!
While I can't help but quake at the sheer power of the graphics routines, hum along to the 128K tunes and snigger as yet another Comm... er, baddy goes down in flames, the thing that amazes me most about Afterburner is that it's totally devoid of any addictive qualities whatsoever. Not many, anyway I suppose that some of you might want to keep going to see all the various levels and refueling sequences, but it's not really worth playing just for the shooty bits. Buy it for the speed, graphics, free stickers and posters if you must, but be aware that they're covering up a serious lack of content. Damning perhaps, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Great graphics, great gameplay and OK sound effects and music. Unfortunately the game soon gets repetitive and you'll see your interest waning fast.