Salamander The plot
doesn't matter, it a progressive shoot-em-up, converted from the
arcades, the prelude to Nemesis. The weapons upgrade in this game is
done very well. There is no speed upgrade issue to start with, this
usually destroys your game after being killed once. You collect extra
weapons, homing missiles, circular super laser, lasers etc but you also
collect up to three 'orbes' that act as extra fighters. Your weapons
fire from these orbes as well, creating a barrage of bullets flying at
the enemies. When you die you have the opportunity to collect the orbes
again, thus enabling you to recover without being killed off by
Creating all this action, while scrolling
and enemies attacking is no mean feat on the 8-bit machines. The
Spectrum handles it by making the screen as small as possible, making
movement extremely difficult, as the attacking tentacles are on you
before you had any time to react. The game doesn't have any sound
except the usal Spectrum shooting noises.
The Commodore handles it by making a great shoot-em-up master piece,
the balance between difficulty and progression is set just right. The
background graphics are very good, compare that to the Spectrum crummy
backgrounds. The Commodore has screens full of attacking enemies and
loads of bullets flying at the enemy, more than in any compareable game
(Armalyte included), a tune also plays in the background.
The teeth in the screen above moves in and out as you fight your way
from left to right. The second level plays vertically, the third level
is back to horizontal.
The Commodore version is better in very respect, much better actually,
the Commodore retains the feeling and look of the arcade machine while
the Spectrum doesn't, to put it mildly. Two of the three Spectrum
magazines gave the game a good review, that this game is seen to be
good by 2/3 of reviewers is amazing, they must have been looking at
Spectrum graphics for to long.