Tynesoft are not noted for titles of superb quality, so I was a bit
dubious about reviewing one of their first ST games – TIMEBLAST.
Upon loading the game I thought that maybe, just maybe, they might
be better on the sixteen bit than on the 8 bit machines. After a
while, however, I concluded that this is a pretty boring game.
It is, basically, just a rewrite of the ancient
classic 'Scramble' but without the bombs. The closest game to it I
can think of is 'Tail of Beta Lyrae'. The graphics have been
enhanced considerably but what it has gained in beauty it has lost
in speed. This game is so S-L-O-W it is virtually unplayable unless
you have the slowest reaction time in the universe! There is not
much that you can really say about a game of this type, other than
that you have to shoot just about everything that moves, no matter
The scrolling isn't bad, and the backdrops are fairly good, but I
have seen better. The sprites are well defined but not very well
animated, the movement being a little painful on the eyeballs after
a while. The sound effects aren't very good and there's no music at
all. All this leads to a fairly mediocre game of not very good
quality. The only redeeming feature is that is cheaper than almost
any other game on the ST.