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The Siege of Earth Begins
Gargoyle Games
Design Design
Melbourne House
Playing tips, a look at some
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3D action as you take on the
challenge of a lifetime against
BULL Emerge victorious from
all 4 rounds and youll have
more than earned the WORLD
The original adventure of
this famous friendly mole.
hing out coal he
encounters enormous
dangers, mechanical and
human, and bravely laces
ilie a* esomc . hjllcnge
the mighty King Arthur h 4
and his personal body- Jf4|
guard, armed to the
teeth with mammal
, 'wyA \ r mission M
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and activate
fiJ the S it Destruct
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FUTURE is a huge
labryinth of a Space
Ship covering 256
scrcens of the most
amazing graphics
/ Before your eyes yOUf
( friends >'»ur family are
rendered helpless, trans-
formed to lesser beings -
birds and mice - by the
invading Krcmins But by a
cruel twist of fate the trans-
formation leaves you with the
body of o bird but the brain
of a human You arc the last
chance the human race has left.
Four exciting titles that have already established
themselves favourites with many games players now
available on the Amstrad.
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Producer: Elite
Retail price: £8.95
The object of Frank Bruno's
Boxing is to defeat 8 boxers in
succession in order to gain the
world heavyweight title. To
defeat a boxer you must learn
their individual styles and then
knock them down three times.
This is done by reducing the
opponent's status to zero (by
repeated hits, when the punch
power indicator reaches maxi-
mum the right hook or upper cut
can be used) but you must also
dodge the other boxer's punch-
es. Should your opponent knock
you down three times then the
game will fend.
When a boxer is defeated you
will be given an EVBA code (Elite
Video Boxing Association). This
code enables you to access the
next boxer, just enter the code
and start the B-side of the tape
but you must remember to
always use the same name.
forget them in a hurry. The
graphics in Way of the Exploding
Fist are excellent. The sprites
are wonderfully defined and the
movement of both characters is
very realistic. This version isn't
quite as good as the CBM 64
game, largely because the
sound isn't anything like as thri-
lling, but it is still worthy and
should provide many hours of
enjoyment. The greatest advan-
tage that it has over many other
games is that it's instantly play-
able and should appeal to just
about everyone."
Producer: Melbourne
Retail price: £9.95
two, it can be used to turn your
character around, just start the
kick and then abort it half way
through execution. The high
back kick, is the reverse of the
high kick and is only effective if
your opponent has slipped past
As well as kicks there are 3
S unches that may be used, the
"One of the first things I noticed
in Way of the Exploding Fist is
how flexible the characters are,
no prancing stick figures here.
Having contrived to make so
many different movements pos-
sible from the joystick, the result
is both realistic and confusing at
first. It's well worth playing a few
rounds just to get the knack of
making your man jab, leap and
kick at the right moments. This is
a great arcade scoring game as
well as wonderful family enter-
Melbourne House's karate sim-
ulation explodes on to the
Amstrad. As a young grass-
hopper you must work your way
up from being a complete
novice to achieving the magical
10th Dan. To help you gain this
award against your opponent,
there are some 18 manoeuvres
at your disposal.
the various kicks that are
accessable (keys or joystick) are
our movements to success.
e flying kick, best used when
your opponent is standing and
not blocking, is an extremely
powerful manoeuvre that ren-
I ders the opposition helpless.
The high kick also deals a blow
1 to the race but is risky to use as it
can be countered by going into a
crouch and using either a low
punch or a forward sweep. Both
the mid and short kicks are
effective in close combat — the
mid kick is the least effective
because it is easily countered by
crouching or by a straight for-
ward block. The forward and
backward sweeps are probably
the most effective moves in the
game. To use them you must
first crouch down, press fire and
putl down on one of the joy-
stick's diagonals. A forward or
backward sweep can be count-
\ ered with a short jab kick (but
I only while the character is
crouching) or by somersaulting
, out of danger.
The roundhouse kick has two
purposes: one, to kick an enemy
| in the face (but it often takes too
I long to perform to be effective);
ib punch being most effective
and the easiest to use because of
the speed with which it can be
performed, and it is particularly
useful in tight spots. The high
punch is also easily executed
and highly effective when your
opponent is close in. When in
the crouch position a low punch
can be dealt to the enemy, again
this is an effective move but it
can be easily countered by a jab
There are two somersaults,
forwards and backwards, and a
jump that can be used to get out
of harm's way. The main use for
somersaults and jumps is to get
out of danger caused by forward
or backward sweeps.
A two-player option is avail-
able, where each plays against
the other simultaneously. In this
mode there are four rounds with
the highest scorer winning. If
you play against the computer,
then the game continues until
you are either kicked out or you
reach the 10th Dan. Unlike the
C8M64 version, there is only
one background, but this is
hardly a serious drawback.
"Karate seems to be all the
vogue at the moment on the
small screen, perhaps because
we've had to wait for program-
ming skills to catch up with the
requirement for realistic anim-
ation and fast graphics. In Way
of the Exploding fist, Melbourne
House have scored a great hit
with a version of 'Karate
Champ'. The controls are sens-
ibly thought out and make it
immediately playable, although
skill is required to become a
master, I've been playing it since
I got the copy / may soon even
be a master'
As Frank you have a variety of
possible moves including:
guard up or down, left or right
punch and dodge, right hook,
upper cut and duck. The type of
punch delivered depends on
whether your guard is up or
down; if up then you will deliver
a punch to the head, if down
then Frank will do a body punch.
The right hook or upper cut, as
mentioned, can only be used
when the KO indicator is
All eight opponents vary quite
a bit in size, meaness and fight-
ing styles. The first. Canadian
Crusher, is big and lumbering
but he's quite easy to defeat
because of this. Fling Long Chop
is small, fast and a master of the
Addictive qualities
"Learning how to use each of
the moves property can take
quite a few games but once
mastered you are unlikely to
Value for money
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