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Article #51 (51 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.summary
Subject: European Software Reviews - Part 1
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Mon May 11 15:33:21 1998


From: jmouchmino@aol.com (JMouchmino)
Date: 1 May 1998 21:35:20 GMT

EUROPEAN SOFTWARE REVIEWS - PART 1

G stands for graphics
A stands for animation
S stands for sound
V stands for overall value

Reviews only reflect my opinion...


3-D Pac 
Raindorf Soft - Germany
G - 65% - clear and adequate
A - 45% - average
S - 80% - partly digitized!
V - 55%
The name says it all!
Very frustrating game, unfortunately...

180! 
Mastertronic - UK
G - 74% - good hi-res stuff
A - 70% - nothing fabulous, but nicely done
S - 75% - with speech!
V - 67%
Nice darts game!
A competent program.

A-Zone
B-Ware - UK
G - 50% - very average
A - 35% - substandard stuff
S - 28% - obnoxious...
V - 32%
Substandard platform game!
Move over...

Acrobat
Muenzenloher Software - Germany
G - 30% - basic stuff
A - 50% - nothing extraordinary
S - 33% - you gotta be kidding...
V - 55%
A very old (1982 or something) and simple title.
Actually, it's just a Circus clone, so is worth a try or two; at least, no bad
surprises...

Action Biker
Mastertronic - UK
G - 50% - not fantastic; sloppy presentation
A - 60% - control is OK
S - 55% - not great, but there's worse
V - 62%
After all, this was a budget game (sold on tape at a very cheap price), so...
Not unforgettable but quite playable...

Adax
LK Avalon - Poland
G - 74% - colorful
A - 77% - nothing to complain about
S - 72% - debut of the Polish era...
V - 74%
Difficult but very pleasant arcade adventure with some cool touches.
A very professional game.

AD 2044 - Sexmisja
LK Avalon - Poland
G - 74% - very clear
A - N/A
S - N/A
V - ??%
A point and click adventure which seems to have numerous locations and looks
really great to play, but COMPLETELY in Polish; maybe with a dictionary...

Advanced Pinball Simulator
Code Masters - UK
G - 59% - looks like a Spectrum game!
A - 50% - not really super
S - N/A
V - 63%
This game could've been nice, but it's just too difficult to play.
Technically speaking, it's far from fabulous.

Adventures Of Robin Hood
English Software - UK
G - 60% - colorful, but sprites are ridiculous
A - 56% - nothing difficult to do...
S - 52% - what can I say here?
V - 40%
Very repetitious gameplay. 
No imagination.

Air Strike
English Software - UK
G - 35% - uninspired...
A - 40% - jerky...
S - 35% - nothing new...
V - 22%
Joystick responsiveness is the whole problem...
Sorry, but I feel this one is just too frustrating.

Airwolf (later released as Blue Thunder)
Elite - UK
G - 50% - colorful, but you still get a sloppy presentation screen...
A - 40% - sluggish
S - 30% - normal...
V - 35%
Could've been fun...
This one starts so-so and quickly becomes irritating.

Amaurote
Mastertronic - UK
G - 86% - really great hi-res graphics
A - 84% - nice, too...
S - 86% - very good music and super sound effects
V - 74%
Highly original game, once you know what to do...
Strange stuff, so may not appeal to everyone.

Amnesia
Robert Stuart - UK 
G - 92% - stunning detail
A - 93% - even more stunning!
S - 65% - does its work...
V - 82%
A game similar to Matchboxes...
Simple, but expertly designed PD game; REAL Atari programming...

Arax
? - Germany
G - 74% - nicely drawn
A - 72% - again, good stuff
S - 60% - OK
V - 69%
Vertical shoot'em up similar to Xevious or Flak.
Tough, but a nice little program.


END OF PART 1
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Michael Current, mailto:mcurrent@carleton.edu
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