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Magnetron is a follow-up to Quazatron.

Robot KLP-2 returns to destroy a series of space stations around the planet Quartech. This is achieved by overloading or shutting down the four nuclear reactors in each station. KLP-2 has to carry nuclear fuel rods between the reactors, with each rod having a positive or negative charge and a weight. The more weight being carried, the slower KLP-2 moves and the harder it is to get up slopes. The charge affects how the robot reacts to arrow tiles on the floor - a positive charge moves the robot in the direction of the arrow, a negative charge in the opposite direction.

Throughout the space station are computer screens to give information, in a very similar method to Paradroid. Enemies come in various types and have different weapons, with each showing a rank and droid number on the front. By standing still and holding down fire, KLP-2 enters grapple mode. Now he can run into an enemy and try to take control. This gives a 9x9 grid of symbols. Rearranging the bottom row disarms the detonator and allows KLP-2 to steal energy for a recharge. Rearranging all three rows allows KLP-2 to take over the other robot and use its abilities and weapons.

Once at the reactor, KLP-2 can add or remove a rod at a time. The aim is either to overload (by getting a big positive number) or shut down (by getting a big negative number). With all four reactors shut down, the lights dim and KLP-2 goes to a beam pad to move on to the next station.


Magnetron  ZX Spectrum Prepare yourself, you know it's a must
Magnetron  ZX Spectrum No direction on here
Magnetron  ZX Spectrum The loading screen has hex appeal
Magnetron  ZX Spectrum Control options

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum May, 1988 904 out of 1000 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 865 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 865 out of 1000 86
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1988 9.6 out of 12 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 May, 1988 71 out of 100 71
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1988 7 out of 10 70


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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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