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Duet

• Publisher: Elite
• Developer:
Elite
Release Date: 1987
Code: Finlay Munro

GFX: Finlay Munro
Music: Mark Cooksey

Our Game Rating: 51%
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FILE: duetend.zip

> DUET by Elite


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Duet by Elite is an army game that is a mix of Gauntlet and Commando. The sprites and backgrounds are very similar to Commando, but the game play is very much like Gauntlet. You have to collect items, shoot enemies that regenerate from nests and find the exit to the next level. The graphics are quite simple and the game play isn't very original. I found playing it very repetitive and annoying at times. I prefer both Gauntlet and Commando to this. A nice idea to combine two games, but it doesn't really work that well in my opinion. Gauntlet fans may get something out of it though.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: If you complete the game correctly and collect the right items, you get to see a short ending message. The words 'ALL DOCUMENTS FOUND... MISSION COMPLETE' are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The game then resets.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: Another terrible ending. It's not worth the aggro. 1/10.

  • Vinny: I didn't even expect any ending text - so that's a bonus! The game is cack and the ending is cack too. Nuff said.

  • Brendan Phoenix: That really is dog turd.

    I remember Duet first being on an Elite compilation - I think it was Hit Pak 1 or something and it had a ' includes FREE game ' blurb on the front!

  • Andy Vaisey: Terrible game with a god awful ending. Excuse me while I go and vomit.

  • Kungfufurby: New mission for Elite: Make better game endings! This one fails.

  • Guerilla:  I can still remember quite clear: 'Commando' was a great game, and when 'Commando 86' with 2 player simultaneous mode was announced, I nearly shit my pants! But then the waiting began. Every monthly issue of my favourite computer mag featured a full-page ad for Commando 86 (featuring a drawing of two players in front of an arcade cabinet), but the game was still not released. It seemed to take forever, and then it wasn't mentioned anymore. Then Elite released some kind of compilation, most of the games featured I already had. But I instantly recognized the cover of 'Duet' as the same picture that the ad for 'Commando 86' had. I was only maybe 12 years old, but could tell that the game must have sucked so badly that they were embarrassed to give it a full-fledged release and threw it into a compilation instead. Disappointed, I didn't buy the compilation. A year later or so, I copied 'Duet' from a friend instead...boy, did it suck: sloppy animated sprites, sound effects that reminded me of the Basic sound demos...Played it, though, in hopes of a good ending, but never finished it.

    Now I can close the file of 'Commando 86' for good - thanks a lot!

FINAL SAY: What a huge waste of time...

G.E. RATING: 0.5 / 10

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