Forgotten Worlds logo CU Screen Star

Price: £19.99

Er, wow? Hmm, what about a zowie? Now this is one Rolex Oyster of a game (that means good to people not as rich as me). FW seriously rivals Silkworm as the greatest Amiga arcade version to date.

For a reference point of view, Nick 'RIP' Kelly awarded the original an arcade star back in the August issue, and well deserved it was too. The concept was a simple, two-player, horizontal scrolly shoot 'em up. The execution however was faultless. Great back drops, squillions of original aliens and a fantastic tune.

Rooting through my Japanese to Cockney phrase book, the plot dictates that a nutty Japanese god has created several other nasty demi-gods. Seeing as they are so nasty they decided to decimate all the cities they could find. It is here that I get confused; the lub-a-ducks have a run in with the yin yans and come off the worst. Somehow these two guys have been thrust into existence armed with the latest anti-everything weaponry (fully expandable and probably made by Sony). Only in Japan...

The hardware sprockets can only be upgraded at one of the mysterious shops (I say mysterious because when was the last time you saw Fortnum and Masons rise out of the ground?). Inside you can spend as many credits as you have collected on such luvlies as twin-fire lasers, napalm, gold neck chains, first aid packs and so on until you have armed up heavier than an Oliver North convoy.

Each level is long, and I mean from here to Middle East. All the way through you face a constant barrage from all angles, jet packed troopers, human missile silos - and that is just for starters. And of course the (here we go again) end-of-level mega foe.

Arc (the programming team) have done one helluva great job on Forgotten Worlds, the graphics are really arcade quality (no joshing mum) and so is the sound. And what is more it only costs the equivalent of 99.999 games on the arcade machine as opposed to £15,000 for the thing itself.

This is the sort of game that goes down phenomenally well over in the office, a two player mode, fast, addictive and good looking, and as Nigel Taylor our northern ad manager would say 'Hadaway I'd gie ya ma bes' racin' pigeon far tha' 'un'. For CU's NT to say that it must be good. So go to your local computer shop, part with twenty sovs and thank me in the morning.

Spectacularly slick arcade action just made to make your mouth water.

Forgotten Worlds logo Zzap! Gold Medal Award Zzap! Sizzler

Capcom/US Gold, C64 £9.99 cassette, £14.99 disk; Amiga £19.99

There you are, recovered from all the havoc of Side Arms, sitting back on your laurels, mulling over all those marvellous things you've achieved in your life (toasting marshmallow in between your teeth, taking your underpants off without removing your trousers, listening to one whole Tarby joke) when a news-flash comes through your receivatron.

Bios, God of Destruction lives again. 6 worlds have already been destroyed. Volunteers are being called from all over the galaxy in an attempt to half universal destruction but spokesmen for the intergalactic Council stress their chances are very small.

Zzap's Nose

Yeah, well, those laurels always were a bit uncomfortable. Time to go out, save the universe and earn enough dosh to buy one of those really comfy, floppy armchairs you've always wanted to get hold of in time for your old age.

Believe it or not, but there was one other bloke stupid enough to respond to the summons as well.

Zzap's Rockford: Acccieeeedd!

You've got a lot in common (not much brainpower) so you instantly become best mates and blood brothers before setting off on to the six forgotten planets with nothing but destruction on your brain.

Luckily you've got one of them great big gadgi bazooka guns to fire the stuffing out of everyone and anything that comes your way - unless they get you first. Every now and again a shop comes floating down from the sky and gives you the chance to buy anything from napalm bombs to extra armour and multiple fire which sends corpses bouncing all over the shop.

Not only that, you can also get interactive intelligent aliens who give clues on how to defeat the enemy. And don't start going on about how you wouldn't really find a shop in the middle of nowhere in one of six forgotten worlds. Just showing underneath. Severely uncool, that.

Right! You've got the right brief (ho,ho) - now hop off the bus. Gus, and off you go.

Zzap's Thing: Hello Andrew!

The guys who bring you Forgotten Worlds in glorious Technicolor, are in fact a team of six programmers called ARC DEVELOPMENTS who used to work on games for Elite but have now formed their own independent company. For Forgotten Worlds, most of the development took place on PCs by means of PDS system and was then sent to individual machines for testing. All the graphics were initially created on an Amiga using Deluxe Paint II. So now you know.
This mean mother is one of those machines product managers just can't stop talking about - it's just so amazingly BIG! So get ready to be blinded by science 'cos it's got three (yup three) 68000 chips, three high speed crystals, 16 256K RAM chips, an 8039 for special effects and a Z80 for sound. And if that sounds like a Chinese Dictionary backwards to you, just think about it as enough memory to digitise and play back a 25-30 minute film. Cor!
Gordo Those Capcom people really have produced an absolutely brilliant arcade machine. But that's not surprising when you think about all the memory they've got at their disposal. What amazes me is that Arc have managed to reproduce so much of the atmospheric, graphical effects on both the 64 and the Amiga. I'm a bit disappointed that they didn't manage to fit in all eight levels but even with six you've got more than enough blasting, shooting action to keep the most impatient joystick junkies pumping iron. Sick of shoving ten pees into dodgy machines? Well, get this, and it'll even make your day.
Kati Ever felt drained, tired, lethargic? Wondered what could bring the light back into your dull and dingy life? Well folks, never fear, 'cos Forgotten Worlds is here! You don't just get marvellous graphics (brilliantly defined on both versions) with incredibly large and detailed monsters, you get oodles of fast-moving, blast and fire action as well. The shop options adds loads of variety but what I like best about this is that you can play it simultaneously with a mate - and you don't have to mess about with the sort of awkward controls which made Side Arms. Basically, it's absolutely brill all round, so sell your Rupert bendy toy and get it.
Maff Cor blimey, just take a look at these amazing graphics! If you aren't been bowled over by the melt in the mouth parallax, the fantastically atmospheric backgrounds or the stupendously brilliant monster graphics, you probably forgot to take your hard-man shades off before you sauntered into the room. Well, take them off right now, because if you're going to play a game as fiendishly and furious as this, you'll need to keep 'em peeled, mate. If you don't want to miss out on one of the arcade conversions of the year - rush out and get this the minute it comes out!