TLL: Tornado Low Level (ZX Spectrum)

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TLL sets you as a skilled pilot who must take on a tough mission - shooting out six discs representing enemy strongholds in built-up areas. This must be done by lowering your altitude as you approach each one, making it crucial to avoid trees and buildings which are closer to ground level.

The action is viewed from above using a pseudo-3D display, and scrolls vertically in a manner similar to SWIV. At the side of the screen your altitude and fuel level are displayed, as well as an all-important mini-map. You will frequently have to refuel, which is done by touching down on the carrier. You don't have direct control over the plane's speed, a fact which takes the game out of the realm of simulation somewhat.


TLL: Tornado Low Level ZX Spectrum Time and fuel are the most crucial elements to pay attention for. Respectively, an empty tank implies the loss of a life, missing the schedule the game itself.
TLL: Tornado Low Level ZX Spectrum Destroying a target (notice the border turning red).
TLL: Tornado Low Level ZX Spectrum Without noticing I crashed against a building... seconds later I couldn't stop recalling the tragedy of 9/11. I took the casual analogy to crease my position against religious fanaticism.
TLL: Tornado Low Level ZX Spectrum - Here it is, the first target caught on screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "T.L.L." -- Alternate title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1984 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Oct 24, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Your Computer Oct, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sinclair User Sep, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Personal Computer Games Sep, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Home Computing Weekly Oct 09, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retro Gamer Apr 27, 2016 Unscored Unscored


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C64 version

The C64 version programmer Simon Nicol writes:
TLL: Tornado Low Level was originally developed by Costa Panayi for the Spectrum and re-written for the Commodore 64 by Simon Nicol. Even though TLL spent several months on the number 1 bestseller list, a development fee was never paid by Ocean Software and to this day they deny ever having known or worked with the programmer.

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Martin Smith (66824) added TLL: Tornado Low Level (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 27, 2005
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