BLISTERING barnacles. What a load of rotten fish. After years of waiting, the great assault on mankind has at last materialised. While we watched the skies they massed their forces in the oceans. Now they're going to pay us back for all the crap we dumped in the North Sea.
A bunch of highly evolved fish have developed weapon technology far surpoassing our own. Instead of mounting a take
Well just wait till you get hold of them eh? You'll knock them off their perch. They thought we'd just clam up without moving a mussel did they? Well they'll have to get their skates on to escape without a battering.
Two defectors from the enemy camp are on hand to be of assistance. For a small fee they will supply you with a selection of ships and advanced bolt-on weaponry.
This is quite a novel aspect of the game. Instead of having to blast, say, 20 red aliens with funny ears and collect the glowing orange pod that they drop you can now pay up front for any weapon you might want.
Saves on the potential embarrassment not to say inconvenience encountered should a previously unnoticed alien life form incapacitate your craft on the way to pick up said glowing orange pod.
Of course this means you must have the necessary dosh. You start out with a small advance, but further sums depend on your score during a particular level.
Everything you mercilessly blast is worth points. And what do points make? Weapons! Unfortunately this means that if you buy lots of equipment at the beginning of each level you could end up having no score to speak of. Them's the breaks, I guess.
Smoothly sideways scrolling through an ocean tench, sorry trench, notice the wonderfully crafted backdrops. Don't notice them for too long though or you'll fall foul of wave upon wave of demented avengers.
Admittedly when you're ared to the teeth some of them regard you with much the same attitude as I'm sure the fattest of the fatted calves adopted when he happened to notice the prodigal son turn into the drive.
Most of the piscine efforts are but poor players on the stage of life who strut for a few milliseconds before they are gon and seen no more.
The obligatory end-of-
As shoot-'em-ups go this is one to take note of. What is lost in originality (and let's face it, who has written a truly original alien-
Gameplay is excellent, although the game can be very tough at times. The only thing that mars the whole effort is the loading. Obviously a penalty for the detailed graphics, levels, can take more than the customary couple of seconds to start up from floppy.
There is also an unnecessary long wait, when you die, for the high score table after which the main game has to load in again. However, these faults can be easily forgiven when a game is as good as this.
Lovely graphics, lovely sound, lovely action, lovely game.