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In the third game in the Dan Dare series, Dan has been kidnapped by an evil alien race known as the Treens and taken to their scientific satellite orbiting Venus, but it doesn't take long before Dan breaks free and goes down into their ship. While searching it, he eventually finds an escape shuttle sitting in the launch bay, only to discover that it is out of fuel. He returns to the satellite in an attempt to find some.

The fuel cans are scattered around the five levels of the ship, which Dan can get to by using the Mekon's teleporters. To get to them though, Dan needs to destroy any Treen that gets in his way using a variety of weapons, bought by using a computer terminal. Along the way, the Mekon leader can be seen sitting around, and destroying him will more often than not reward Dan with a pod that he needs to access the teleporter. Dan can use his jet-pack to navigate the satellite, but this will eventually run out of fuel.


Dan Dare III: The Escape ZX Spectrum Their shots don't come up this high so Dan on his jet pack can move around unscathed
Dan Dare III: The Escape ZX Spectrum Load screen
Dan Dare III: The Escape ZX Spectrum Just shooting it does no good. It must me shot i the head to destroy it
Dan Dare III: The Escape Amstrad CPC The Treens are guarding the teleporter

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Dan Dare III: The Escape Magazine Advertisement
Dan Dare III: The Escape Magazine Advertisement Page 34

Alternate Titles

  • "Dan Dare 3" -- Commodore 64 in-game title

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1990 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 60 out of 100 60


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