& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Magnetron by Broderbund is a space based shoot-em-up.
It's played from an aerial viewpoint so you can fly your
ship in all directions within the confines of each
level. The aim is to conquer each fortress by blasting
all of the guns that are placed on and within the
fortress walls. Once all are destroyed you can return to
your mother ship and blast off to the next one. You have
to keep an eye on your fuel levels, but there are plenty
of fuel pods scattered about to top your ship's level
graphics are very simple, with plain backgrounds and
basic sprites. There's hardly any animation or memorable
visuals but the game is fun to play as you can pick up
the controls instantly and get blasting away. Fans of
games like Thrust & Asteroids might find this one pretty
good. There are also tons of levels to beat so it'll
keep you busy for a while.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I poked the gun counter down to zero so that I could
clear each level in seconds.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
As the last gun post is blown up on level fifty, the
fortress flickers and then explodes causing the star
field to light up various colours. A message appears in
the top panel which reads 'FORTRESS DESTROYED'.
Your ship docks back with the mothership and your
bonuses are added to your score. The mother ship then
blasts off the side of the screen and a message appears
in the top panel, which reads 'WELL DONE'. A view
is then shown from inside the ship's cockpit while a
tune starts playing. A planet's surface can be seen
below as the ship moves through space with a star field
whizzing past. A sequence of messages appear on the
ship's computer, which reads 'INTERPLANETARY
TRANSMISSION. EARTH DEFENCE FORCE BULLETIN #BX347. TO:
HELIOS EXPLORATION STARSHIP. FROM: DEFENCE COUNCIL.
PRIORITY: CLASS 1. CONGRATULATIONS CAPTAIN KRONOS! ALL
ALIEN FORTRESSES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. THE PEOPLE OF
EARTH THANK YOU. USE RE-ENTRY VECTOR 7732, CAPE
CANAVERAL. WELCOME HOME FLEET ADMIRAL KRONOS.'