First impressions lie. When we first started playing 3D Deathchase we felt this is pretty dull, and then wow. It explodes into one of the best games we have seen on the Spectrum. But let’s go back to the start. It’s the year 2501 and America is ruled by violent warlords battling for control of the forests. You play the part of a group of elite mercenaries, Riders of the Big Bikes, and you earn your living by chasing enemy Riders and destroying them with your guided photon bolts. OK let’s stop, the story is ridiculous. But let’s forget that, in reality it appears VERY heavily influenced by driving speeder bikes through the Forest Of Endor from the superb Star Wars sequel, The Return Of The Jedi.
Controls are simple, with just left, right, stop, start and fire. You can only fire when riding at top speed and when the enemies are in range. You need to destroy two enemy bikes to get to the next level. Helicopters and tanks also occasionally popup with a large bonus available if you manage to destroy them.
And the controls at first felt a little strange, we couldn’t work out why they hadn’t gone with the usual q, a, o, p, but then we realised our hands were placed as if we were riding a motorbike, well how we imagine you ride a motorbike, and it all clicked into place.
As we said before, when we first loaded this up we felt the 3D graphics were very impressive, especially considering this runs on a 16k Spectrum, however we plodded through the first 4 levels and felt it was a bit dull, we breezed through the levels and it didn’t seem like there was much of a challenge. But then level 5 hit and everything gets turned up to 11.
The trees you need to avoid suddenly turned from a scattering to a dense forest, requiring us to weave in and out while trying to get the enemy in our sights. The speed gives an incredibly exciting feeling, and when we ran into a tree we would gasp in anguish. But the game is so good you will get back on the bike and give it another go. Before you realise it you are well and truly hooked.
Deathchase is an absolute essential purchase for all Spectrum owners. Available for £6.95 this we are giving it 10 out of 10
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