TIME to put on the driving gloves and crash helmet as LED Storm puts you at the wheel of the "ultimate devastation device", again in the form of a leap-
For some unexplained reason you have to drive your car through several sections of deserts, tunnels and forests, each loaded with a quick whirr of the disc. The graphics for each stage contrast one another well and some even look very pretty as they fly past.
This vertically scrolling racing game has little in the way of originality but makes up for it with some good gameplay and smooth graphics. The playing area is small but the action happens so quickly anything larger would be missed.
Your energy depletes rapidly but can be replenished by running over jerry
Concentrating on trying to catch such bonuses has caused many a terminal collision with large stationary objects, usually mountains.
When this happens the equivalent to the AA man appears in a little hover
I wish he could do something about the horrible frogs which cling on to the car and slow you down. Best way to avoid them is to jump over them, but once they get a grip you can only shake them with some serious manoeuvring.
The highways are in a terrible stage of repair, with large sections only traversable by using the ramps kindly left out to jump over the gaps with. Miss the ramp and it's the scrap heap.
As on most roads these days, lots of psychopathic drivers try to get in your way and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Unlike real life, LED Storm offers the option of jumping over them - which would come in very handy in traffic jams.
On your side for once, the local Department of Transport has placed arrow direction markers at strategic parts of the road to warn about sharp bends. These must be obeyed to avoid major confrontations with the crash barriers, incurring the associated time penalty.
The music is outstanding. Each stage is accompanied by one of several tunes, ranging from a funky distorted guitar rock piece to a weird new-age synthy
It is worth booting up the game just to hear the music and burn off a few trucks.
The title confuses me. Apparently LED stands for Lazer Enhanced Destruction. Apart from the spelling mistake, there just aren't any lasers...