MOST of the better games contain at least an element of real life, something you can relate to as you weave your way through an intricate web of death rays or make a last ditch stand against the ravaging hordes of Zod the Unwashed. It's what helps you to pretend that you're there in the thick of the action rather than tucked up in bed at 19 Mandela Terrace, Penge.
Some games, however, make no attempt at realism. Take the idea of using a powerful aser beam steered by a series of remote mirrors to destroy a large number of well protected targets screened by a jumble of intervening objects.
Totally unbelievable, right? Nobody but a real cowboy would think of trying to do it in real life. And yet that's just what Deflektor is about. The only way this scenario would have been more unbelievable was if the targets had been moving at high speed. But that would have been incredible.
The aim is to destroy all the targets on each level before your laser beam runs out of energy. It can be steered by a series of mirrors which can be rotated to redirect the beam. When all the targets have been destroyed, the level is finished by steering the beam into a special receptor to complete the circuit.
It moves through paths of increasing complexity. Some of the targets can't be reached directly and require the beam to be diverted through repeaters, which absorb it all at one point and discharge it somewhere else on the layout.
Care must be taken not to feed the beam back on itself otherwise an overload can result - if not corrected quickly this will lose you a life. You start each level with three lives; lose them all and it's back to the beginning.
This game needs good coordination, speed and thought and lots of imagination to thread a route to targets that remain frustratingly out of reach.
The graphics are detailed and colourful, but are too static to be considered exceptional. The music is excellent, just right for setting your pulse racing as your laser eats up the last dregs of energy with two or three targets remaining.
And that's all there is to it. Fun to play in short bursts at intervals, but not one to keep you going all night.