Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
UNHOLSTER your Light Phaser for this dose of interactive shoot-em-up. There are five stages in the game and three difficulty levels. The player's aim in each stage is to rescue up to eight fellow soldiers who've managed to get left behind in enemy territory. So you fly in and pick them up, yes? No. Well then you have a tank or jeep and go charging in, dont you? No. In fact you use a hand pumped railway cart (with machine gun) and you follow a series of tracks around the various screens picking up your mates as you go.
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Of course, the enemy are out to thwart you plans, firing rockets of various shapes and sizes at you. and this is where your Phaser comes in handy. Point the gun at the telly and blow the enemy away with a pull of the trigger. Fortunately, the baddies don't seem at all interested in your stranded chums so their only worry is that your aim is not too hot. Bump off one of your chums and a small angel heads for the great scenario in the sky. Rescue a friend and he'll leave behind a smart bomb. Shoot this and all the on-screen baddies bite the dust.
Having your finger on the trigger and the lives of your chums in your hands can be great fun. It's a real shame that the game's too easy to be anything like a lasting challenge. Even on the hardest stage it shouldn't take too long to master. Terrific fun that's short-lived.
The graphics are very good, but the music is monotonous. The Light Phaser performs well during the game but the overall design of the gun leaves a bit too be desired.
Terrific fun that doesn't last long enough.