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At first I thought the colourful Amstrad graphics were rather garish with everything blurring into one but this was hasty judgement and I soon got used to it. The Spectrum version is okay but suffers in comparison with the Amstrad, but it is still very playable. This game is highly recommended. Why not start the New Year grappling with Gryzor?
What really makes Gryzor stand out from the millions of other conversions of scrolling arcade games with silly names that seem to be pouring forth at the moment, is that this one actually feels like an arcade game. The 128K sound FX and music certainly help to create an atmosphere of fag smoke, fruit machines and leather jackets, something almost unheard of before on a Spectrum.
I don't normally go in for the pumping-lead type of game, but they had to resort to crowbars to drag me away from this one and back into my straitjacket.
The game's multi-load on the Speccy, but at least you can work at each level until you've completed it. No shields to pick up either - just shoot the gun emplacements and you've got the extras. The Amstrad 'explosion' as you die is very convincing and resembles a true arcade effect - on the Spectrum, though, it looks like a soap bubble. Still, it's an enjoyable game that should keep you going for a while.
If the Spectrum Gryzor fails to rise into the major league it is probably because the coin-op is too difficult to suit the machine's capabilities. That said, there is enough in it to keep you going for several weeks.