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Description

Dark Fusion is a single player side scrolling space based shoot-em-up.

The 'Dark Fusion' of the title refers to a game element where, after completing part of the game the player, who is a member of the elite Corps of Guardian Warriors, must choose whether to fuse themselves with there vanquished foe or continue with only their mortal powers.

There are four levels in the game and each level is divided into three zones - Combat zone, Alien zone, and the Flight zone. In the Combat zone the player starts out as a warrior in a space suit. Scrolling to the right there are numerous aliens that have to be shot / bypassed in order to reach the end of the level. Some aliens as they perish leave behind power ups which are essential to progressing through the game.

The player must enter and kill all the aliens in two Alien Zones in order to complete the Combat zone, then they must fight their way to the Flight Zone fusion pod to become a space ship and fly through to the next level.

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Dark Fusion ZX Spectrum Just picked up another power up and I have no idea what it is. Looks like a piece of plumbing equipment
Dark Fusion ZX Spectrum This is where the game restarted after a life was lost so the player is not always taken back to the very start
Dark Fusion Commodore 64 I died.
Dark Fusion ZX Spectrum The keys can be redefined

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jun, 1989 74 out of 100 74
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 55 out of 100 55
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 534 out of 1000 53
Power Play Amstrad CPC May, 1989 53 out of 100 53
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 534 out of 1000 53
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1989 3.4 out of 12 28
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1990 19 out of 100 19

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