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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!

Cybernoid II - The Revenge
1988 Hewson Consultants
 
 

 

Cybernoid, CybernoidÖ Some games are crap but have good music (a la Ocean) and some games are great but have no music at all! Cybernoid II represents a nice blend of both great music and great but hideously hard game play, making it a great shoot-em up! Itís very similar to the original Cybernoid but if youíre lucky enough to own a C-64 you realise that you buy games just for the music (a la Ocean again).

As soon as the game's loaded the music sets the scene, "get into your ship" it tells you! Fight the aliens! You start off your ďDonít touch me you dirty pirateĒ quest in a simple and easy beginning screen (well so we think!). Thereís a big thing staring in front of you looking very unthreatening and great shooting practice for your fifty-inch laser canons. Shoot damnit your instincts say! So you shoot it, blast your missiles away and BOOM itís gone but suddenly in the midst of its destruction big spiky balls dash out just barely missing your little ship while you dash for the exit to the next screen.

Soon after playing it you realise your mission isnít as simple as blasting a million attacking alien ships for points and trying to salvage the wreckage for new weapons. Timing is very crucial to this game, not as much as that little timer at the top but the fact that on some passages, if youíve missed your chance at getting through a crowded area you might as well pick up your monitor and smash it through your keyboard.

This game overall is pretty tough. Hard shoot-em ups? Yep after relentless bashing and braking things (keyboard, TVís, joysticks and the occasional disk drive) youíll find yourself making good progress but will stop completely at a point going no further.

The graphics are stippled nicely but donít offer much compared with the original Cybernoid. Unfortunately if youíre a sid fiend like me, your subconsciousness will sometimes switch (especially during do or die moments) from actually playing the game to getting lost in the music with catastrophic consequences. Or it could have been my crappy Quick-shot Game-pad!

Whatís Good:
Graphics and Sound are great! Jereon Telís finest moment.

Whatís Crap:
Expensive! They donít sell joysticks made out of steel you know.

Maybe I should try turning off the sound next time when I play it, I might get furtherÖ

nah :)

 

Submitted by Ryan Thompson - a.k.a "LoCUToX" (01 August 2000)

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