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Spectre is a 3D shooter where the player drives a little red car/tank and blasts away enemies. The gameplay is similar to Battlezone, and obviously inspired by it.

There is a selection of three tanks, each with three values (speed; armor; and firepower) balanced out to match its name: Tough Guy is heavy on armor, but slow and not very powerful; Speedy is fast, but low armor; and Balanced combines both strengths, but decreased. A fourth tank allows the player to design a custom variant.

Every level consists of a large plane filled with enemy tanks, several psychedelic walls with odd images that often flicker or warp resembling an acid trip, and tacky 3D models like windmills. The object of each level is to either destroy all the enemy tanks in the level, or to collect all the flags. Every level has a certain theme to it, anything from plain green to a colorful blinking eye or images of sand dunes are to be found on the walls, windmills and flags throughout the level.

With every passing level, enemy tanks grow smarter and their rates of fire increases. Also in later levels, new, smarter, more powerful enemy tanks join the skirmish. The player has a limited amount of ammo, but driving over ammo deposits replenishes a small amount of ammunition, as well as driving over shield deposits grants additional shields. The three different views (first, third, and top-down) allow the player to incorporate additional strategies into the battles.

The game boasts having supposedly an infinite amount of levels, though anything after level 80 is almost instant death. A high score table is also included.

An additional note-worthy feature of this game is the multi-player mode. Up to eight players are supported over IPX, or NetBios (or two via modem or serial port). The network option offers three Cyberspace Scenarios:
  1. Arena - free-for-all battles, get one point for each opponent destroyed.
  2. Flag Rally - a match point given for collecting six flags, destroy someone to get any flags being carried.
  3. Base Raid - Akin to "capture the flag". Two teams, two bases; get match point for destroying opponent base.
The CD-ROM manual includes a "Cyberpunk story", to give background information on the game which consisted of a cyberjock named Hart who lived for the battles in the Arena.


Spectre SNES Game Over on level 11
Spectre SNES Enemy tanks
Spectre DOS This game uses some weird textures, this is how it will look with all graphics turned on.
Spectre Macintosh Main Screen

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Jul, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jun, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Jun, 1994 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) SNES May, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Play Time SNES Jun 08, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Video Games SNES Jul, 1994 62 out of 100 62
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Jun, 1994 6 out of 10 60
Power Unlimited DOS Nov, 1993 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES May, 1994 28 out of 50 56
Alle PC Spiele DOS 1993 Unscored Unscored


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4th level view 2 leilei (340)
Nov 25, 2011
Grenades Active 1 Jack Smith
Apr 20, 2009



The box this game shipped in was a wedge shape made to match that of the tank. Not the most convenient box to store on a shelf.
Contributed to by Opipeuter (17179), jerome cukier (47) and kbmb (435)
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