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A new direction in shoot'em-ups Commodore 64 Игги Друге (46422)
A defining moment for shoot-em-ups. Commodore 64 RUSSELL HUGHES (9)
Another Great Andrew Braybrook game Commodore 64 Scott G (794)

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ZX Spectrum 5 3.3
Combined User Score 32 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Commodore 64Your Computer (Mar, 1986)
A game with a classic stamped all over it, this game will appeal right across the spectrum of games players. Zap addicts will thrill to the speed and mindless violence of it all, whilst more sober elements will appreciate the exquisite detail.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Nov, 1986)
Uridium is going to generate vast numbers of letters to our John Riglar pleading for infinite lives, Pokes, tips and tricks. This will get very het up and competitive - what does that all prove? That Uridium is wonderful.
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Mar, 1986)
A game hasn't caused such a stir in the C + VG office since the arrival of Exploding Fist! Andrew Braybrook's Uridium is simply the best 64 game we've seen since Fist. It's good looking , sounds great and the action comes thick and fast.You won't drop your joystick for days after you've loaded Uridium into your 64.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Italy) (Jun, 1986)
Potrebbe tranquillamente gareggiare con i migliori coin-op: è forse il migliore"shoot em up" in circolazione per C64.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Mar, 1986)
Once again our Solar System is under the threat of extinction from an unknown enemy and once again it's up to you to prevent such a cataclysm. Uridium, the follow up to Andrew Braybrook's previous offering Paradroid, puts you in the pilot seat of the latest Manta class Space Fighter and straight into the action with a press of the fire button. Your objective is to destroy all fifteen Dreadnoughts by disrupting their interstellar power units, thus causing a chain reaction which eventually vapourises them. However, things are not so easy (are they ever?) since the enemy's defence systems must be successfully avoided, or disposed of if the situation arises, before you can land on the Dreadnought's master runway, enter the engine room and prime the ship destruction sequence.
Commodore 64Happy Computer (1986)
Das Spiel ist zugegbenerweise recht simpel, aber durch die runde Hintergrundstory und natürlich die tolle Grafik kann es überzeugen. Man sollte aber auch nicht vergessen, die starke Anfangsmusik zu erwähnen. Das kurze, clever komponierte Stück könnte aus dem Soundtrack zu einem spannenden Science Fiction-Film stammen. Zu diesem Programm kehre ich immer wieder gerne zurück, was bei Schießereien eigentlich recht selten der Fall ist. Uridium beweist wieder einmal die These: "Bei keinem anderen Genre ist die Grafik so entscheidend wie beim Actionspiel".
90 (UK) (Mar 28, 2008)
It's hard but it's also fair and, by avoiding the linear progression of the shmup genre, places the onus for success firmly in your hands. There are elements of Defender, Xevious and Gradius all thrown into the mix, but the end result is something unique and a testament to developer Andrew Braybrook's ingenuity. Quibble all you like about the VC's inflated prices - I'll probably agree with you - but if you genuinely resent paying a few quid (or Euros) for Uridium, you may very well be insane.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Dec, 1986)
Don't bother with imitators - there's only one Uridium. Get it.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Dec, 1986)
Uridium has to be the ultimate shooting match. So remember - in space nobody can hear you scream... but your folks will tell you to shut up every time your ship gets shot to smithereens!
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Dec, 1986)
I can’t really say that I was looking forward to seeing this on the Spectrum as so many games C64 games die when they’re converted for our faithful Sinclair. Thankfully there is still plenty of life in Uridium ZX — admittedly it has lost its colour and some of its sound but it’s one of the best shoot em ups around. The speed at which the game plays is truly amazing, the screen scrolls at a tremendous rate and nothing slows down when a load of nasties come on the screen. The graphics are excellent, and everything is superbly drawn. The sound too is top hole: the tune on the title screen is marvellous and there are some worthy sound effects during the game. If you are a shoot em up freak then go out and buy this, you’re not going to see better for a long while.
ZX SpectrumComputer Gamer (Feb, 1987)
Uridium has recently come out on the Spectrum, where most of the original is retained, but without colour or as good animation and speed. Perhaps they'll get around to the Amstrad version soon. Uridium got the resurgence in shoot 'em ups going, let's hope it lasts.
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (May, 1986)
Fazit: Bei URIDIUM handelt es sich um ein Schießspiel, bei dem Wert auf gute Grafik, guten Sound und hohe Geschwindigkeit gelegt wurde. Für Freunde von Aktion-Spielen empfehlenswert.
Commodore 64GamesCollection (Apr 05, 2008)
Lasciarsi sfuggire l’occasione di assaggiare uno sparatutto del genere e’ un delitto. In un’epoca in cui anche l’Europa ne produceva di ottimi. Semplici. Maledetti. Da assuefazione totale. Solo tre vite a disposizione. Quindici livelli. Continue infiniti. Ore di sonno zero.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Mar, 1986)
The shoot'em up was the last type of game you would expect to make the running in the Best Games league at the beginning of '86. But here it is - a shoot'em up better than anything that has come before that your collection will be pretty dull without it.
Commodore 6464'er (May, 1986)
Man merkt, daß „Uridium“ ein besonders edles Ballerspiel ist. Dafür haben die Autoren einen riesigen Aufwand bei der Grafik getrieben. Das Scrolling ist schnell und absolut fließend, besser kann man es wohl nicht mehr machen. Durch geschickte Farbwahl kommt der 3D-Effet bei Aufbauten und deren Schatten sehr gut zur Geltung. Der Manta-Fighter ist bei Kurven und Kehrtwenden fantastisch animiert. Die Selbstzerstörung des Dreadnought gehört schließlich gehört zu den faszinierendsten Special-Effekten der C 64-Geschichte. Auch die musikalische Untermalung ist gut gelungen.
Atari STTilt (Feb, 1988)
Les graphismes sont les mêmes que sur Commodore 64 mais le scrolling est d'une lenteur désespérante. Plus grave encore, votre vaisseau a les réactions fulgurantes d'un escargot asthmatique à l'article de la mort. Oubliez cette version au plus vite !
Commodore 64Your Commodore (Apr, 1986)
This is super game is for all those who enjoy quality sound and action mixed with frenzied activity.
Commodore (UK) (Jul 04, 2007)
After finding every possible way to destroy their ship on the first level, they switched the DTV off. Their review was quite simplistic: "It's hard," they said. Marc would agree.
Commodore 64Computer Gamer (Mar, 1986)
A good game for all you zap addicts, with excellent graphics, good sound, and real 'feel' to it!
ZX SpectrumComputer Gamer (Dec, 1986)
Smooth scrolling and sensible colour selection leaves you to worry about the action rather than the graphics. An excellent conversion of a superb arcade game.
Amstrad CPCAmstrad Action (Oct, 1988)
Good old fashioned shoot-em-up.
ZX SpectrumTilt (Jan, 1987)
Un jeu d'arcade très classique mais à la réalisation de qualité. La version Spectrum ne perd quasiment rien face à celle du C 64.
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine (Mar 28, 2008)
Uridium isn't a terrible game - it's just extremely basic. There are so many better shooters on the Virtual Console so it is hard to recommend to anyone other than fans of the original.
WiiNintendo Life (Mar 29, 2008)
To be honest, Uridium hasn't aged too well. It's still a very playable shoot-em-up with some inventive mechanics, but the presentation betrays the game's age. Later C64 games in the same genre looked and sounded better, and some offered more depth, although few were as unique as this one. Think carefully before you spend your Wii Points on this title, but if you're a fan of shoot-em-ups and are looking for something a bit different from the norm, you could certainly do worse than Uridium.
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW) (Mar, 1988)
Uridium offers high-quality graphics which reflect depth of field on the surface of the Dreadnought. Players must complete 15 levels of play in order to win the game. Perhaps the most outstanding factor in the game, however, is the ease with which the Manta handles. Many games allow players to move up and down on the screen, but (iridium allows the player to move vertically or even, to make a quick full-reverse roll. The fighter's handling characteristics make this game a joystick jockey's dream.
Commodore 64Happy Computer (May, 1986)
Spielerisch ist „Uridium“ nicht so anspruchsvoll wie „Paradroid“. Die strategische Note des Vorgängers fehlt leider völlig und es wird „nur“ Action-Kost von allererster Güte geboten. Aber das ganze Spiel ist atemberaubend schnell, verwöhnt durch blitzsauberes Scrolling, Sprites in rauhen Mengen und bietet trotz 2-D-Darstellung perspektivisch wirkende Grafik. Wer ein brillant programmiertes, herausforderndes Actionspiel sucht, ist mit „Uridium“ bestens bedient.