ZX Spectrum Armageddon
Since we've been in Missile Command mode lately, here's another classic arcade game for you ZX Spectrum enthusiasts.
Armageddon was Silversoft's effort at Missile Command - and it wasn't too bad at all.
Released for the ZX Spectrum at the tail end of 1983 at £5.95 - Missile Command type games seemed to be going through a purple patch.
As was standard for Missile Command you had three missile silo's to use (and defend) as well as six cities to protect from the incoming threat.
No only were there plenty of missiles raining down from the top of the screen, low flying aircraft and satellites also roamed across the screen dropping their own projectiles. Nasty.
There were even some heat sensitive missles which could 'hover' over a mid air explosion, waiting for the cloud to dissapate before continuing downwards towards your cities and silo's. Once again, nasty.
As you progressed through the levels the difficulty increased with thicker waves of missiles to destroy which dropped from the sky more quickly.
There's nothing much more to say about this version. It was quite close to the arcade game apart from the movement of the cross hair. Your targetting reticle just didn't move on par with the arcade version or indeed other versions available on the ZX Spectrum.
This aside it was another decent version of Missile Command on your Speccy, but it wasn't quite as good as Oceans Armageddon or the best of the bunch - Missile Defence.
Well this was a latecomer to those Missile Command type games on the Sinclair Spectrum and it didn't do quite as well as other versions. It's not a well known classic anyway!
The test of time:
Well what can I say? It's Missile Command and it's not bad. Playable enough but it won't hold your attention for a long while. Here in Spectrum Games we reckon you should give it a go - but if Missile Command is your bag then try the other versions.
This classic (unofficial) arcade conversion is worth another look after all these years.
We recommend getting hold of the real Sinclair hardware - but if not then download a ZX Spectrum emulator and download Armageddon for the ZX Spectrum. Alternatively you could try and play it online.
Please see our other ZX Spectrum games reviews and programmer interviews - all links are in alphabetical order. Cheers guys.
GENRE: Arcade game
RELEASE DATE: Tail end of 1983
RELEASED BY: Silversoft
DEVELOPER(S): C Knight
PRICE: £5.95 - UK
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