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The Space Federation Star Fleet has been reduced to debris and once again the Earth lies at the mercy of an enormously powerful alien spaceship.'But why?' you may well wonder, what have we done that makes everyone hate us. Well, I'll tell you, it's just because we're stupid. Just look at this game. Originally a mediocre, rather sluggish 16-bit arcade adventure, remarkable only for its graphics, now it's been converted to the Spectrum to become even more mediocre.
The real problem with 8-bit Obliterator lies in its control system. Because the icons are cycled through using up/down, this slows the speed at which you can react - and it's also easy to accidentally change a selected icon. This is a large but ultimately unthrilling 8-bit game.
Obliterator was not one of the world's greatest arcade adventures when it first appeared on 16-bit machines, and to give Melbourne House credit, they have managed to convert it wonderfully to the Spectrum. Unfortunately it is still not a wonderful game and frustrates more than it entertains.