• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer: As above
Our Game Rating:
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by Gremlin Graphics
& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Dark Fusion by Gremlin is a side scrolling shoot-em-up.
The aim of the game is to complete all the levels by
entering all the sub-levels and conquering them in the
correct order. The graphics, sound and game play are all pretty good
but the thing that makes this game a bit better than
your average shoot-em-up is the variety of levels.
Within each level are smaller sub-levels which change
the game style: so one minute your walking along a
level, the next your playing a side-scrolling shoot-em-up
and then the next your fighting a huge alien in a single
screen battle. I quite enjoyed playing this
as the difficulty level, although quite high isn't
impossible. I'd recommend this game to those who like a
solid shoot-em-up as this packs a bit more than you'd
get from other similar looking games...
starts to happen...
All kinds of
fireworks go off...
...as the game draws
to a close.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used an infinite lives cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once level five is beaten, a few messages of
congratulation appear on the screen. The message
compliments you on your game playing skill before
suggesting that you play it again.
No animation or fancy finale here. It's better than a 'GAME
OVER' message, but it's still just a simple message
at the end of the day.
Now this is a pretty cool game with some great
graphics and sonix, along with some superb game play.
As for the ending... I must say that I am a little
disappointed as I expected some really cool effects
and a thumping ending tune from Ben. It's just not
the ending I was expecting from Gremlin :-( 3/10.
- Frank Gasking:
Great little game - not played it for a long
time, so may dig that out today - but I remember the
mix of the platform action with a shooter stage. I
think I picked this up from Commodore Force's
As for the ending, very disappointing, and almost
the usual insult - "Now play again to improve your
score!" type of text :(
- Andrew Fisher:
While it was a nicely presented game and the
changes of game play style were appreciated, for me
the difficulty level just took the shine off it. I
did enjoy playing it when I picked it up on the
For the ending, it's a mixed bag - yes, nice visual
FX and Ben Daglish music, but poor text and a
feeling of being let down. A shame, as it could have
been much better.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Coming to think of it - trying to remember a
Gremlin game which had a great ending ( I know Vinny
will say Thing on a Spring) however the majority are
just a bunch of pants! This is no exception.
I have this game but have never played it, but does
look like it is worth a bash.
- Gaz Spence:
From what I remember of the game, the raster
effect happens on completion of each level, so we're
basically talking about a bog standard text
ending... again :(
- Andy Vaisey:
A good game for genuine joystick junkies who
like a solid hard challenge, but not much of a
reward at the end unfortunately.
Not happy with this. I wanted to see something more.
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