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Some really irritating disk swaps slightly mar ST Darius. You have to swap disks to bring up the end of level nasties - and then swap back again after they've killed you, or you them. Apart from that the game reaches a high standard in sound and graphics. Sparse use of colours but it does manage to scroll nice and smoothly. Would have been improved by a touch more speed.
This is where Darius+ falls down: it's so hard you can never get weapons to match the enemy's. Graphically the game is good and the range of weaponry impressive. However, the ship is so slow moving it's almost impossible to get out of the way in time. And when you die, you lose all weapons - the Fattie Fish being impossible to beat without every possible offensive weapon. You just can't win.
Darius was a real blast in the arcades and I was really looking forward to this enhances version. However, fans - be warned: if you are looking for a close conversion, this isn't it. That's not to say that Darius+ isn't a good game, it is. What the programmers have done is to have compromised the three-screen aspect and added extra weapons instead. The graphics are very well presented and the sound good, too. However, I found that the screen became rather cluttered during the game's more intense moments. Without doubt, Darius+ is a good little shoot'em-up, but I can't help feeling that it's not a patch on the original.
Clone à 99% de la version parue sur Amiga, Darius+ sur Atari ST compose néanmoins avec certaines spécificités, la possibilité de voir enfin lorsque nos tirs font mouche étant de très loin la plus appréciable. Dommage que la jouabilité se soit un peu égarée en chemin, mais le titre reste largement aussi amusant que sur la machine de Commodore.
DARIUS + ist optisch und soundmäßig ein ansprechendes Spielchen, doch angesichts des Angebotes an wirklich erstklassigen Shoot-em-up‘s kann man zu dem Kauf eines solch unterdurchschnittlichen Games mit den genannten Mankos nun wirklich nicht raten.