Top Gun (ZX Spectrum)

Top Gun ZX Spectrum This is the load screen from the Hit Squad re-release. The copyright information is different and there is a countdown timer that decreases as the game loads


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The Tom Cruise film featured an F-14 Tomcat plane, and this licensed game recreates this. Viewed from the cockpit in full 3D, the game is a straight head-to-head duel, against another player or the computer. You are armed with missiles (while put you in control of a small target zone, which must remain over your opponent for 3 seconds), flares and cannons (which overheat when overused)- use these more wisely than your opponent. Pay attention to speed and altitude too. The computer has 3 planes to throw at you, of which the last is the toughest, while each player in a 2-player game also has 3 'lives'.


Top Gun ZX Spectrum This is the game load screen from the original 1986 Spectrum release
Top Gun ZX Spectrum The computer has sighted the enemy. Player one has let the enemy get behind them
Top Gun ZX Spectrum The computer has scored a hit
Top Gun ZX Spectrum The spot in the radar screen is the enemy plane. The computer is closing on its target, player one is still some way off

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Crash! Feb, 1987 90 out of 100 90


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On June 30, 1988, Top Gun was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

The original Spectrum version was incompatible with the +2A and +3 models. The Hit Squad reissue does work, but without the music.
Martin Smith (63029) added Top Gun (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 31, 2004
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