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Commodore User (Oct, 1988)
Virus is so simple and yet so innovative that it completely changes the face of the shoot'em up as we know it.
Amiga Computing (Nov, 1988)
(...) the graphics are wonderful - the first shoot-'em-up that really works in a three-dimensional landscape - the sound is just right, even down to the little plips and ploshes when you manage to get as far as the ocean before crashing, and the animation of smoke, particles and almost everything else scrumptious. The sense of achievement when you hit something is almost incidental. You haven't lived 'till you've died in Virus.
Zzap! (Nov, 1988)
An excellent and innovative game, but Virus is an acquired taste.
On the Amiga, Archimedes/ST-style graphics are retained and provide much of the pleasure in playing the game although gameplay remains limited and, once control is mastered, repetitive.
Whilst Virus has a very unusual graphic style, its gameplay reminds me of two games in particular: Gravitar because of its control method and Defender with its scanner, variety of aliens and high speed. There are some good sound effects (despite that terrible drone) but no music. Controls are responsive, the graphics move fast enough and there are some pleasant surprises lurking deeper into the game (try tracking down the sea monster). Virus is very special in that there is nothing else quite like it. Miss this and you will be missing a major landmark in computer gaming.
In its vision, style and attention to detail, Virus sets the standard for moving graphics. Pity then that gameplay is rather repetitive.
Your Amiga (Dec, 1988)
No gameplay really other than the odd thing to shoot at - otherwise very much a Defender clone but with the added novelty of the third dimension.