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Quartz Reviews (Atari ST)

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Quartz is sheer brilliance - virtually flawless in every aspect. Each of the five separate levels is a respectable game in its own right, but bundles together they make an awesome combination. It's tough... but not so tough as to be frustrating or off-putting. Aesthetically, it's a dream; with Bob Stevenson's top-hole graphics lend a touch of class together with some of the best soundtracks heard on the ST and Amiga to date. Quartz is an amazing game seriously rivals Xenon II in the shoot 'em up stakes.
The One (Aug, 1989)
It's well worth persevering, even if the action does seem initially too hot to handle. Bob Stevenson's exquisite graphics enhance the package considerably - the parallax scrolling that's present throughout the game is the most effective seen in a long while, and many of the sprites border on coin-op quality. Add to that a thumping good Wally "Hagar" Beben soundtrack to get the pulse racing and you've got one of the best looking, best sounding and most playable blasters to date.
QUARTZ ist eindeutig ein reinrassiges Actionspiel mit all den Zutaten,die Spiele dieser Art in die Charts schießen: Tolle Technik, tolle Grafik und viel, viel Action in allen Variationen. Neben Xenon ist QUARTZ derzeit das wohl anspruchsvollste Ballerspiel auf 16-Bit!
Smooth and colourful eight-way parallax scrolling and a great soundtrack make Quartz immediately appealing, a feeling that doesn't wear off for some time. It borrows a lot from other games, most noticeably Asteroids, but, like everything Paul Shirley does, it's beautifully presented and very addictive.
ST Format (Sep, 1989)
Quartz is a good mixture of game styles that work together to produce a very addictive game which should keep you blasting away for many a long hour. Strap on weapons are always a good thing to help keep you interested in a game and strategy comes into play in choosing which weapons with which to equip yourself.
Graphically Quartz stands out, especially the spinning balls in the first section, and the power-up weapons certainly help in your task to clear a path, but the game fails to add up to anything really special although it's fun for a while.
Power Play (Sep, 1989)
Recht mittelmäßig sind Spielspaß und Motivation ausgefallen. Man spielt Quartz ganz gerne mal ein paar Minuten, aber auf Dauer kann dieser Action-Mischmasch nicht so recht begeistern. Ein technisch ansprechendes Programm. dem es etwas an Originalität und Spielwitz mangelt.