Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade Puzzler
Standalone Release(s) : 1983: DANGER UXB, Micro Power, £6.95
Compilation Release(s) : 1986: MICRO POWER MAGIC 2, Micro Power, £7.95
1987: PRES GAMES DISC 3, PRES, £9.95
1988: 10 COMPUTER HITS 3, Beau Jolly, £9.95
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron
Supplier : MICRO POWER, 8/8A Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, LEEDS
LS7 4PE. Tel: 01532 683186.
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
The object of the game is to defuse the TNT time bombs before their clocks get down to zero. To do this you run from block to block, avoiding the Skulls, and enter the square with the TNT. What makes the game a challenge is that once you have stood on a block, it disappears. To get out of any tight spots, two extra keys allow you to slide the entire row you are on left or right. Points are gained for the number of squares that have been stood on, and the speed with which you defuse each bomb. Extra points are earned for running over flags.
After each phase you will be given the chance to earn bonus points. Press the 'Z' key at the appropriate time to cause your man to land on the flag. If you are successful, the bonus points indicated at the top of the screen will be added to your score.
There are three levels of difficulty. At level one, the ticking bombs start at 60, at level two, 40 and level three you have the added problem of stamping boots which chase you round the grid. Each level has its own separate high score table complete with sample scores and ratings to aim for.
Pressing <ESCAPE> brings back the front page where you can select sound and also the level.
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down, S - Slide Left, D - Slide Right
Instructions' Source : DANGER UXB (Micro Power) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
ONE of the most original games I've come across so far, DANGER UXB from Micro Power, gripped my attention from the start and kept firm hold.
You are placed in the centre of a block of pathways consisting of blue squares, some of which bear a skull and crossbones. The skulls mark the position of lethal TNT bombs. One after another their timers start, counting down from 60 to 0 when, unless you've defused them, they explode taking you with them.
Not only that but once you've used one set of squares to reach a bomb they disappear, so you can't go that way again. You can, however, slide the row of blocks that you are on left and right but you have to be both fast and cunning.
If you manage to survive the first level you're "rewarded" with another screen where the countdown starts at 40. Complete that and the next level has stamping boots that chase you round the grid. I don't understand that last part, but it's great fun.
With highly impressive graphics and sound, and easy to use keys the game appeals to all ages and is great fun for all the family. A highly original and compelling game.
Eileen Young, ELECTRON USER 1.11