Distributed by Ariolasoft
Yet another of those games that had to turn up
eventually. This time it's a version of the old classic 'Fort
Apocalypse' which was released on various eight bit formats years
and years ago.
For those of you who aren't quite sure what I'm on about, the basic
plot of Spaceport is to fly your space chopper down underground and
rescue the trapped engineering staff. Your space chopper is armed
with 'Diverse optics type 2 medium lasers' and a `Benz-Yamaha Plasma
mine generator' to help you overcome the various nasties floating
about. In the caverns you will find all sorts of obstacles which
must be navigated in order to reach your objective.
To be quite honest, I did not like Spaceport at all. The game screen
is much too small, being only a relatively tiny square in the centre
of the screen into which the mediocre graphics and sprites go. The
scrolling is pretty feeble and the rotor blades on your chopper
don't even look as if they're going round! As you move around the
underground chambers the graphics of the various nasties, rocks and
vegetation do not improve at all, and the little men running around
on the landing pads are only several pixels high and look like
little matchstick men complete with bright red heads! The sound
effects are few and pathetic and the tune on the title screen starts
off seeming as though it could be quite good, but once it gets going
When the game is running, anyone who didn't know better would
probably be very surprised to find the game was running on an ST.
This is the sort of thing which puts people off the ST. There are
far too many games coming out which are of an unacceptably low
standard. The ST would appear to be the 'in' machine with software
companies, with them all scrambling to release something. In this
mad dash to produce a product, the quality seems to be forgotten and
games are released which do the ST no justice whatsoever.