As Earth wars become more and more dangerous, costing the lives of an incredible number of people, scientists begin research into the development of 'enhanced' animal species capable of surviving nuclear attacks, thus eliminating the fear imposed by enemy warheads.
Research has been going well for a number of years - so well, in fact, that nuclear war has been discarded altogether and the governments are returning to traditional (and arguably less devastating) battlefield combat.
Unfortunately, as is the way with genetic experimentation, a biological demon has been found in our midst. Within the galactic breeding ground a deadly plague has broken out. The virus spreads quickly, affecting the bodies and minds of all victims.
Once peaceful 'super-humans' have been transformed into evil, mutated warriors, hell-bent on causing death and destruction across the scientific complex. Some of the scientists are trapped within the complex, suffering from early symptoms of the disease.
You play a mighty soldier, your body adapted by laser surgery to protect you from the virulent illness. Armed with the latest laser weaponry you must infiltrate the now-ruined complex and wipe out the mutants, rescuing any survivors who may yet still be saved by precision surgery.
At the beginning of the game you are armed with a laser rifle that can be powered to release a dangerous 'mega-blast' beam, destroying all in its path. Attackers may swoop in from all directions, however, so picking up extra weapons may come in useful for picking off jet-attackers and the more heavily armoured against the foe.
At the end of each stage is a grotesque mutated being that will soak up a number of shots before it explodes, allowing you to gain access into the deeper regions where the effects of the plague are even more apparent. Just remember - they were all human once!
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
The Plague has some extremely nice graphics, with well drawn and colourful backgrounds scrolling smoothly behind the impressive sized sprites - the animation could have been a touch more interesting, though. The real problem is the sound. The music sounds thin and incredibly dated and the sound effects are just too weak to be true. The powerful image invoked by the graphics is completely lost when the game is played with the volume on anything but 'off'.
The levels themselves aren't really that difficult to master. All that has to be learnt to romp straight through is the order in which the aliens appear. The difficulty starts when the end-of-
Despite the nice appearance, The Plague is nothing more than a run-jump-