Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade Shoot-'Em-Up
Author : Trevor Hall
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: GALAXY WARS, Bug Byte, £9.95
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+ and Master 128
Supplier : BUG-BYTE, Liberty House, 222 Regent Street, LONDON W1R 7DB
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
It seemed a simple mission at first - the alien bombers flying across the screen in formation were easy prey to a warrior of my experience and their fighters were fairly ineffective. But wait a minute - those H-wing fighters are a bit more of a problem, and who said anything about having to dock with the mothership to refuel? Couldn't they have fitted the long range tanks? Oh well, I'll have to live with it, I suppose. Hey! What are those things coming at me now?
A bonus ship is awarded for every 1500 points scored. There is on-screen scoring and the program also keeps track of the ten highest scores. When docking with the mothership, the bonus awarded is higher the nearer to the centre of the ship you are when you dock.
<FUNC> - Move ship left, Q - Move ship right, <DELETE> - Fire missile
F - Freeze the game (to feed the cat, answer the phone, etc)
Instructions' Source : GALAXY WARS (Bug Byte) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
Another game from the Space Invaders' camp with a few differences and a couple of surprises. You are the little destroying machine at the bottom of your screen, moving left and right with FUNC and Q keys, firing with the DELETE key. F freezes the game.
The first screen of alien bombers are in an easy to pick off formation lined across the screen. That is, easy if you get your rhythm right. However, watch out for the space pods which land on your level and can blow you to smithereens if you run into them.
But there's no time for complacency - as soon as you've fought them off, the H wing fighters appear on the screen. These are both hard to dodge and at times seemingly impossible to blow up. And, after all this, you have to dock with your mothership to refuel.
All in all, it's an exciting game for the arcade addict with reasonable graphics and good sound effects.
Keith Young, ELECTRON USER 2. 4