You are alone on a strange and barren planet, the only
feature which catches your notice being the Dark Tower.
This huge black monolith towering into the sky is where
the evil Council of Nine resides and they're planning
their invasion of Earth.
with only your Stealth Starfighter, you have to penetrate
the defences of The Tower and destroy it . . . for if
you don't, the future of Freedom on Earth lies in peril.
With that ominous information you set off and race over
the planet to try to reach the Tower.
is a Buck Rogers type game with the similar sort
of graphics, presentation and gameplay. You start a
certain distance from the Tower and you have to skim
across the surface of the planet towards it. There is
a counter on screen which diminishes only when you are
actually heading towards the tower, if you turn away
from it then the counter will start increasing the distance
(like in real life).
also have a limited amount of energy that also diminishes
whilst you're flying and when you're hit by enemy fire.
Luckily it can be replenished by going over one of the
yellow energy fields dotted over the landscape. These
act as fuel tanks and add to your energy total. During
a game it's vital to go over quite a few of these fields,
otherwise you'll find yourself running out of energy
before you yet anywhere near the Tower. Acting negatively
to the yellow fields are the red energy fields -- if
you go over one, then it knocks energy off your total,
a thing that you don't want to happen. The speed at
which you pass over either type of field is important
as well. The longer your ship is above one, the greater
that field's particular effect on you.
the way to the Tower you encounter several types of
alien hazards; these being tanks, planes, heat-seeking
missiles, volcanoes, bunkers and radar towers. The bunkers
are the most deadly of them all and fire heaps of highly
accurate bullets at you when you get near them. Radar
towers fire heat-seekers on higher levels, and the tanks
and planes make regular appearances and try to track
and bomb you.
you manage to get to the tower then you have the opportunity
to shoot at it, and if you're on target then the whole
thing will explode impressively and you can move onto
a higher level with more aliens and fewer yellow energy