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Laser Squad still has a cult following today, and with the new Laser Nemesis just out, it seems it will be around for many years to come.
Aside from the rather naff packaging, Laser Squad is one of the best games I have ever played on any computer. It's one or two-player tactical warfare simulation on a small scale with great graphics, sound, playability and hookability to boot. One-player it's great, two-player it's unbeatable.
Laser Squad is typical of a strategy combat game in its 'concept'. Y'know the sort of thing, given a limited amount of resources you can arm your troops, playing off expense and weight against firepower. But where Laser Squad scores its Brownie points is in its ease of use and understandability. You only need to use five keys or a joystick for the whole game!
Thumbs up to Target Games on that one. If you're after a good alternative to wiping out another line of kamikaze aliens in a bout of mindless joystick thrashing, you could do a lot worse than this. You couldn't do much better, in fact.
Far back in the mists of time Julian Gollop wrote a superb strategy game called Rebelstar Raiders. Published by a small company it remained fairly obscure until Firebird released it on budget as Rebelstar. Now the game has resurfaced as the centrepiece of Gollop's new software - Target Games. Updated and thoroughly redesigned as Laser Squad the obvious question is, has Gollop produced another classic?
The 3D graphics are great. The control method takes a little while to get used to, but is very easy once you know it's limitations. The multiple difficulty levels and the two-player options mean you'll be playing Laser Squad for a long time, and the future scenarios adds even more lasting interest.
Through the combination of tactical play and arcade graphics, Laser Squad certainly stands out from the rest. Graphics bring a new sense of realism to the game without sacrificing the strategy/tactical elements. Play is satisfyingly complex across all levels and despite the limited scope of the three missions, future scenarios are catered for through an expansion facility.