1 joystick/ keyboard
It's the year 2087 and the world has been completely
devastated by a nuclear war. Presumably you've managed to get 'The
Last V8' back to Sci-base and now it's time to think about rescuing
the survivors of the war, who are trapped inside a damaged
hibernation dome. You have enrolled the expertise of three
specialist Droids to search the seven levels of the dome and
retrieve the 135 missing persons.
Damage to the building has caused numerous boulders
to dislodge and block many of the pathways, so a knowledge of
boulder-physics would be rather useful. Yes folks, it's Boulderdash
revisited!! Some of the rocks landed on top of 'MK.1 Guardian
Droids' who had been maintaining the life support systems,
transforming them into hostile monsters. Keep an eye open for these!
Each Droid under your control has a specific function
and you must utilize these talents to succeed. The first is used for
tunnelling, the second for rescuing the survivors and the third for
shifting boulders. Rockford could teach this lot a thing or two!
Switching between Droids by keyboard input is frequently necessary
during play and this tends to become tedious after a while.
The playfield is based upon a graphics mode one
screen, so there are only three colours available – the default hues
have been used – and the display is generally very blocky, although
at least everything is very big, bold and conspicuous.
Scrolling is the biggest failing of the game. The
screen jerks over an inch at a time, which is extremely irritating
to the point where it detracts from gameplay. It's not so bad if you
move at a snail's pace, but then the timer runs down before you've
had a chance to complete the task. Hisses and beeps are all you're
likely to hear in the way of sound effects.
SURVIVORS isn't a bad game at the budget price, but
it's not one I would instantly recommend. As for that scrolling !!