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In many respects the game is superior to Knight Lore and Alien 8, in that everything moves faster and in a true eight directions. There is colour in the screens, though not much, and most importantly, the action continues off-screen so you can't hang about for long trying to work out the best tactics. Weaknessess include less variety in the problems, and the lack of a maze - the highway is a simple straight road, easy to wander along to the end, but much more difficult to negotiate with the lasertron in tow.
It is a long time since we last saw a Vortex game - TLL and Cyclone were the last products. Highway Encounter is the best yet, innovative and addictive, and should go down a treat this summer.
I am very impressed by this highly original and excellently designed game. The idea of having to chunter a bunch of droids down a road may sound a little boring, but wait until you try. Clearing the way through calls for a bit of thought but most of all you had better have a steady nerve when you meet the enemy droids. The lasers are devastating but their repeat rate is low, and it’s all to easy to fire of a couple of panic bursts to find yourself with an ‘empty’ gun when it comes to killing the nasty bearing down on you. Time and time again I found myself looking for strategic spots from which to fire, some sort of cover so I could only be attacked from one direction and thus forcing the enemy into a ‘killing zone’. This is a superb game, the gameplay is fast and thrilling, the graphics quick smooth and detailed; absorbing? Blotting paper doesn’t even come near.
The odd moment of fiddly control excepted, Highway Encounter is a genuinely original concept executed with sheer class.
Un gioco da provare che permette di scoprire le potenzialità dei 48K dello Spectrum. Un shot-em-up strategico che è anche una sfida contro il tempo e riesce a regalare, ancora oggi, momenti di gioia. Anzi, di retrogioia!
Highway Encounter is another well presented and extremely playable game from Vortex.
A game for control freaks and Dalek lovers everywhere.
As an action game this is brilliant, lots of aliens to shoot, with a reasonable challenge and plenty of initial addictivity.