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Description

Aliens have infested Earth, and are spreading a deadly virus throughout the planet. Needless to say, they must be stopped, and fast. The time pressure (your score upon completing a level is based on the uninfected percentage of the land) is only one difficult aspect of this shooter.

Viewed in remote 3D with a patchwork-quilt type ground effect, with trees sticking out and full gravity. Controlling your spaceship involves balancing the direction and height as well as thrusting to the right speed. A scanner tells you where the aliens are.

Screenshots

Virus Atari ST Title screen
Virus ZX Spectrum Too fast on this occasion
Virus Amiga Loading screen.
Virus DOS In-game, flying through the landscape (EGA)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zarch" -- Acorn 32-bit title
  • "Lander" -- Acorn 32-bit demo title
  • "Bird of Prey" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1988 980 out of 1000 98
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Acorn 32-bit Jan, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Amiga Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Acorn 32-bit Dec, 1987 9.4 out of 12 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Power Play DOS Oct, 1989 75 out of 100 75
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele DOS 1990 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Acorn Archimedes version

A demo of the game, still called Lander at the time, was bundled with new Acorn Archimedes computers.

Commodore 64 version

Despite frequent rumours, no C64 version was officially planned.

ZX Spectrum version

The Spectrum version started as a bedroom project, as Firebird did not believe the game was viable on 8-bit systems. It was not until Steve Dunn had written a demo of the ship flying over the landscape that anything official was signed.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Shoot-'em-ups (editorial staff choice)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #5 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Industry's InDin Awards
    • 1988 - 16 bit Game of the Year
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
Information also contributed by Indra was here

Related Web Sites

  • Virus - Memories (article about the development of the ZX Spectrum version, on The Bird Sanctuary)
Contributed to by Martin Smith (66869) and Terok Nor (27026)