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Defenda, 3D
by Michael J. Levers
Contrast Software
1983
Personal Computer Games Issue 4, March 1984   page(s) 97

MACHINE: Spectrum 48K
JOYSTICK: AGF, Optional
CATEGORY: Arcade
SUPPLIER: Contrast
PRICE: £4.95

This game has nothing to do with the arcade classic Defender. More's the pity, it's a simple shoot-the-aliens affair, the only point of interest being the 3D view of the action.

At first sight it looks quite good. The planet you're flying over scrolls beneath you in the form of a moving grid, and the enemy craft loom larger and larger as they get closer.

But in actual playability the game falls down. As is usual with 3D games. you aim by moving a crosshair sight to the spot you want to hit.

But in this version the sight jerks along sluggishly and there's an annoying delay between pressing the fire button and the actual shot. And your motion is interrupted every time the approaching craft opens fire, which is poor programming.


Graphics6/10
Sound3/10
Ease Of Use1/10
Originality2/10
Lasting Interest2/10
Overall3/10
Transcript by Chris Bourne

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