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Deadzone

• Publisher: Markt & Technik
• Developer:
Unknown
Release Date: 1988
Code: Holger Jansen

GFX: Holger Jansen
Music: Holger Jansen

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 80%
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> DEADZONE by Markt & Technik/64'er


• Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins

Deadzone (not to be confused with The Power House's 'Dead Zone') is a quirky little shoot-em-up / action game. I can't actually remember how I stumbled upon this game but I do remember being surprised by it. I thought it would be just a straight-forward shoot-em-up, but it has two different styles of shoot-em-up levels where you control a spaceship followed by an action section where you control a soldier.

Graphically it's not too bad, with some simple sprites, but decent enough animation on the later levels. It's tough and tricky to get going as the control method and plot are difficult to work out. Once you get to grips with it all you can then attempt to master the few difficult levels.

Thank goodness for trainers I say...


The final level is complete!


Time to destroy the Battle Asteroids one by one...


KABOOOOOOOM!


Final one...


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:

  • Neil: I used a trained version that made me invincible.
     
  • Vinny: I was naughtier and hacked the game ending by jumping to memory location $BA07 ;-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final level is beaten a short end sequence begins. A message appears which reads 'CONGRATULATIONS! YOU FINISHED YOUR MISSION SUCCESSFULLY. ALL BATTLE ASTEROIDS ARE DESTROYED. YOU PREVENT THE APOCALYPSE'. Above the text a short animation shows the asteroids exploding as they orbit the earth. Explosions can be heard as they vanish from the screen.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: Not a lot happens, but some effort was made to conclude the story. Can't complain too much about this one. 3/10.
     
  • Vinny: There are some obscure games within the Commodore 64 game base that seem to pass me by. It's only when someone sends in the game ending that I decide to take a peek and find out what I'm missing. In this case it's a strange and quirky little game that actually has a good ending - when I say 'good', I mean good for this particular game ;-)

    After reading Neil's review, I had a quick go of the game and grabbed the ending. It's a nice little game, but I'm astounded by the ending! I was expecting something really flat and basic. This is good. 4/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: An intriguing little animation for a game I've not played... Good find!
  • Andy Vaisey: Yeah, one of the things I like about the site/forum is, endings aside, the little 'gems' that get thrown up now and again. Either I've never heard of them or never got round to playing them.

    This is such a case; never seen this game before but have given it a quick go as a result. Not a bad little ending at all. Nothing special, just pleasant in an ending kind of way.

FINAL SAY: I really thought this wasn't going to end well. Quite a surprise.

G.E. RATING: 3.5 / 10

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