BIG sprites, that's what you will find here. Unfortunately, not much more can be said about them though. The bad guys have captured your gorgeous galactic gal (coo!) and to make matters worse, have imprisoned you in an ED-209-
It resembles a rather disastrous cross between Max Wall and Wayne Sleep, and it now your sorry lot to plod, leap and pas de deux your way through three levels of baddie-
The dance goes on...
The action is the standard left-to-
Doors open and shut, bridges give way under metallic size twelves , and laser beams sizzle unconvincingly across your path. There's almost enough to provide a challenge if only it weren't all so painfully slow (BIG sprites, remember) and if it weren't for the fact that it's possible to complete the lion's share of stage one with your thumb glued to the fire
As you destroy the bad guys, they release shells (the sea variety). Scattered along the bottom of the screen you'll find a whole Argos catalogue of weapons, and in this game seashells mean power-ups.
Every shell you collect gets put towards your next power-up. If you can collect an extra four you are allowed to claim a better weapon. If you're after a smart bomb for example, simply wait until you've the requisite number of shells, then press fire and crouch. Your eyes go red and you're all tooled up. Next time you press the fire-
...and on, and on, and on
The baddies appear in various guises, each one is particularly vulnerable to a particular weapon. Learning which weapon corresponds to which Achilles' heel is not always enough though, often you have too many or not enough shells at your disposal at the relevant moment. But then again you can always opt to spend your shells on extra energy after a really hard-
The graphics on the whole could really have been quite good, but sadly there are a couple of glaring glitches that just ooze laziness.
While going up and down in the lift, there's no sign of movement (both background and foreground stay rooted to the spot) until all of a sudden the floor appears. The same occurs while falling to your doom. Also, the scrolling while jumping is all too often disconcertingly haphazard. But the real problem is the game's pace - it's just all too slow.
The whole business of rescuing girlfriends out of the evil clutches of should be fraught with tension and excitement. But both the comical animation of your hero and the hiss-
Really and truly, Under Pressure is a bit tedious, monotonous and just a little bit unconvincing. It is a game that can only come unreservedly recommended as an ideal Xmas gift for practical jokers.