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It's frantic stuff, beautifully depicted. What keeps it fresh are the variety of weapons and aliens encountered. Hardly a classic, but is has many great moments to savour.
Extensive weaponry, a credit system and great graphics are what make this good. Unfortunately there's no nigh-score table to maintain your giant scores but this game is more about getting through the different levels. Occasionally the scrolling slows down so much you'll want to pick up your monitor and move it to the other side of the table just to remind yourself what movement is, but it's addictive enough to have your joystick pleading for repair.
Einen Hit-Stern bekommt CUSTODIAN zwar nicht, gut ist das Spiel aber allemal. Nur wer's nicht gerne so hektisch mag, der sollte sich vielleicht etwas Langsameres zulegen, sonst droht vielleicht ein Nervenzusammenbruch. Es kommt selten vor, daß man sich ein Spiel etwas weniger schnell und hektisch wünscht (die Programmierer von Black Lamp waren hier am Werk...), bei CUSTODIAN ist's der Fall.
Areas of the tomb are largely undistinctive, but this is the price you pay for having a large scrolling area rather than the restrictive screen-by-screen technique of Cybernoid
. While certainly playable and a quality shoot-'em-up arcade adventure, Custodian doesn't have the appeal of the aging classic and so is destined for short-lived attention.
Slightly less colourful, the ST version is also a bit slower (which is perhaps boon). The gameplay faults are still in evidence though, making success more a matter of luck than judgement.
Still it is worth checking out if you like zappy games. I've probably just spent too much time loitering inside parasitic-ridden columbariums getting my energy drained to get enthusiastic about it.
Custodian is basically a shoot-'em-up, nothing more and nothing less. The graphics aren't spectacular and the sound is uninspiring - I'm glad I didn't receive this for Christmas.