Elite 1988: Programmed by Mark Bullock and Neil Metcalf, Converted by Micro Wish, Graphics by P. Tattersall, Music by J. C. Brooke
Now I must admit to being a bit crap at Ikari Warriors, despite it being on virtually every Atari system I own in one form or another. The ST version is one of the better attempts and is not far off an arcade perfect conversion. The graphics are fairly close and all the features of it's arcade parent are present. Ikari Warriors is a vertical scroller where you control a Rambo style character who has crash landed in a jungle filled with hostiles. The screen scrolls down as you walk up, unfortunately it doesn't scroll back so you need to make sure you pick up any pick ups before they dissappear off screen. Pressing fire releases a bullet from your peculiar looking machine gun, while holding fire releases a grenade or allows you to board a vehicle. If you have a friend handy he can join in too, and you can both indulge your Stallone fantasies. Occasionally enemy tanks and gun emplacements pop up to add variety and make things more difficult. Ikari Warriors is not without its flaws however, though this are more to do with its arcade parent's design than a fault of the ST programmers. Firstly there's the sluggish movement of your character. Stallone's brain probably operates quicker than your little marine, who feels like he is walking in treacle. Secondly is the bizarrely short range of your weapons. Your chappy's gun seems to have a maximum range of about five metres, and despite being a grizzled veteran, he also seems incapable of throwing his grenade more than about three feet. Fortunately this is not to much of a problem as the enemy seem to be operating spud guns, which have even less range, and avoiding them is a case of standing just outside their range and in yours. As I say though, this seems to be derived from the arcade parent, so you can't blame Elite. Other than these inherent problems though this is a a fairly spot on conversion and if you like this game then the ST version does do it justice. Prefer Commando though myself.
Zogging Hell Rating: 7/10
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