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Hostile All-Terrain Encounters await in this shoot 'em up notable for it's unusual diagonal scroll, which is similar to Costa Panayi's previous Highway Encounter series. As nobody is qualified to take the enemy on, your task is to complete the 30 levels of training (the actual war could've been the basis for a sequel, although this never happened).

The levels alternate between controlling a Star Fighter plane and a Ground Assault Vehicle; the latter is faster but is confined to ground motion. The plane can move up and down to make dodging the simulated enemy fire easier. This generally comes at you in waves, although there are also ground installations.

Central to the game is to shoot at the cases of plasma crystals, and then fly over these so as to carry them to the end of the level. Dying loses you one of these crystals if you have at least one, or a life if you do not. Completing a level with at least 2 crystals is effectively a restart point as well, as when you die you are sent back to a level in which you collected at least 2.


H.A.T.E: Hostile All Terrain Encounter ZX Spectrum Game over
H.A.T.E: Hostile All Terrain Encounter ZX Spectrum Carrying plenty of cannons
H.A.T.E: Hostile All Terrain Encounter Commodore 64 Title Screen
H.A.T.E: Hostile All Terrain Encounter Amstrad CPC Starting the first stage

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hostile All-Terrain Encounter" -- Unabbreviated Title
  • "HATE" -- Alternative spelling

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The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Zero Atari ST Nov, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 635 out of 1000 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 643 out of 1000 64
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 63 out of 100 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 625 out of 1000 62
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1990 55 out of 100 55
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1989 4.8 out of 12 40
Power Play Amstrad CPC Jun, 1989 17 out of 100 17


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