Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Sega ■ £29.95
Perhaps Sega's wildest and most ground-breaking coin-op, with the most stomach-churning hydraulic chair, is the space-faring Galaxy Force.
As usual it's You against all of Them, and They must be destroyed with whatever weaponry You can lay your hands on.
Of the games five levels, any of the first four may be selected. Viewed from behind the player's ship, fast approaching obstacles on the 3-D perspective landscape should be avoided, but of course the biggest problems are presented by the enemies. The ship has both homing missiles and a machine gun to deal with them.
You could hardly expect a humble 8-bit Sega to come anywhere near the quality ot the amazing Galaxy Force arcade machine, especially bearing in mind the console's sprite flicker problem, but the conversion is still a great disappointment. It's not as if the graphics themselves are good. On the whole, sprites and landscape elements are haphazard collections of brightly coloured pixels, and are often blocky. Music and effects are standard Sega — thin and weedy. And gameplay is a merely middle-of-the-road, mildy souped up Buck Rogers variant.
Machine rating 60%