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Highway Encounter (ZX Spectrum)

Highway Encounter Screenshots

ZX Spectrum version

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum This screen displays as the screen loads

This screen displays as the screen loads

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum The game's title screen follows. The game's name is built up slowly, one line of bricks at a time

The game's title screen follows. The game's name is built up slowly, one line of bricks at a time

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum There's a short animated sequence  at the start of the game. The white Vorton pushes the small pyramid/lasertron into the highway, then all its friends line up behind.

There's a short animated sequence at the start of the game. The white Vorton pushes the small pyramid/lasertron into the highway, then all its friends line up behind.

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum So now we have a convoy. The player controls the lead Vorton who has a gun. There are 30 zones to get through, the counter in the bottom left decreases as the player progresses

So now we have a convoy. The player controls the lead Vorton who has a gun. There are 30 zones to get through, the counter in the bottom left decreases as the player progresses

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum The first obstacles. These oil drums can be moved by running into them or by shooting them. The convoy will run into an obstacle and stop. It will stay there until the obstacle is moved

The first obstacles. These oil drums can be moved by running into them or by shooting them. The convoy will run into an obstacle and stop. It will stay there until the obstacle is moved

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Back in line. The oil drums have been moved forwards but not out of the convoy's path. The periscope like baddies can be shot & killed. The other baddies on screen cannot

Back in line. The oil drums have been moved forwards but not out of the convoy's path. The periscope like baddies can be shot & killed. The other baddies on screen cannot

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Sneak attack! Some baddies have appeared behind the convoy and have attacked from the side. The graphic in the bottom left shows a Vorton/a player's life has been lost.

Sneak attack! Some baddies have appeared behind the convoy and have attacked from the side. The graphic in the bottom left shows a Vorton/a player's life has been lost.

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Whenever a life is lost the Vortons line up behind the small pyramid with the players Vorton at the rear.

Whenever a life is lost the Vortons line up behind the small pyramid with the players Vorton at the rear.

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Eventually there's just the player and the lasertron left. The lasertron must be pushed by the player - it will not move on its own

Eventually there's just the player and the lasertron left. The lasertron must be pushed by the player - it will not move on its own

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum One zone further on and there are some blocks that cannot be moved or destroyed and some baddies that cannot be killed.

One zone further on and there are some blocks that cannot be moved or destroyed and some baddies that cannot be killed.

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum In a later game I left the convoy parked behind an obstacle in zone 29 and went on ahead to clear the way

In a later game I left the convoy parked behind an obstacle in zone 29 and went on ahead to clear the way

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum The square towers block the way but can be destroyed. The star things then can travel the full width of the road and, of course they are deadly. Perhaps those oil drums can help?

The square towers block the way but can be destroyed. The star things then can travel the full width of the road and, of course they are deadly. Perhaps those oil drums can help?

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum There is an action key that causes the players Vorton to spin round on the spot firing the gun as it does so. Very useful against lots of baddies.

There is an action key that causes the players Vorton to spin round on the spot firing the gun as it does so. Very useful against lots of baddies.

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum The lighter coloured squares on the road are obstacles and the player must go around these

The lighter coloured squares on the road are obstacles and the player must go around these

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Here there's a couple of obstacles in the way. Hidden between them is a travelling star that, once released will patrol the width of the road at this point

Here there's a couple of obstacles in the way. Hidden between them is a travelling star that, once released will patrol the width of the road at this point

Highway Encounter ZX Spectrum Game over. From here the game returns to the title screen. Not sure if there's a high score screen - if there is then I just didn't score enough to register

Game over. From here the game returns to the title screen. Not sure if there's a high score screen - if there is then I just didn't score enough to register