Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade Space Shoot-'Em-Up
Author : Doug Anderson
Standalone Release(s) : 1983: CYLON ATTACK, A n F, £9.95
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+, Master 128
Supplier : A 'N' F, Unit 8 Canal Side Industrial Estate, Woodbine St
East, Rochdale, LANCASHIRE OL16 5LB. Tel: (01706) 341111
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
A 3D space battle. You are an interceptor pilot on board an earth supply ship, taking vital reinforcements to a beleagured planet. The Cylons have found out all about the mission and are determined to stop your ship at all costs. Aboard the mother ship is earth's latest weapon - if you succeed, it will drive the Cylons back to their planet.
FEATURES: Launch and landing sequences, long range radar, climb and turn instruments, fuel, screens and laser weapons, hall of fame and top score save/load routines. Full instructions are included within the game.
Instructions' Source : CYLON ATTACK (A n F) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
Picture it. You're the only interceptor pilot on board an Earth supply ship. The alarm goes. The Cylons are attacking, wave after relentless wave determined to stop you getting through. You launch into space away from the safety of the mother ship to try and destroy as many of the enemy as you can before your shields give way or your fuel runs out. Your eyes search the long range scanners for a glimpse of the enemy before they stoop to attack, curving and weaving to avoid your defence systems.
That's the scenario for CYLON ATTACK, the compulsive new game from A n F Software. You play the part of the interceptor pilot, struggling to get the Cylon ships in your sights so your lasers can lock on to them. The screen of your micro becomes the view from the cockpit. Ranged around it are the instruments. They show the state of the lasers, your fuel, your rates of turn and spin, and a long range radar scanner.
This scanner is not just decoration, but really helps you to track down and destroy the enemy. The 3D effect has to be seen to be believed: the aliens loom out of deep space, growing larger as they approach to attack distance.
The game is quite simply excellent, with lots more features than can be described here. The graphics leave most other games standing. And, as usual from A n F, the instructions are simple but thorough. The only problem is that I can't find anything about it to criticise. It really is that good, and sets the standard by which action games will be judged. Thoroughly recommended.
Trevor Roberts, ELECTRON USER 1. 4