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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Graphics and Sound are great! Jereon Telís finest moment.
They donít sell joysticks made out of steel you know.
I should try turning off the sound next time when I
play it, I might get furtherÖ
by Ryan Thompson
- a.k.a "LoCUToX" (01 August 2000)
"Games of the Week!"