& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Orion by Rack-it (Hewson) is a action/platform game.
This is one of those C64 games which many gave up on
either because they didn't know how to play it, or found
it too difficult to stay alive long enough to enjoy it.
I gave up on it for both reasons. Having found a trained
version of the game, I decided to give it another shot.
The aim of the game is to control your trooper around
four different planets, each with four different zones.
You are given a chemical formula before each level and
you must find the elements of the formula within each
level. This sometimes means jumping from planet to
planet, as different zones are rich in different
elements. It starts off pretty simple, with formulae
such as H20 etc, but they get more complicated as you
go. The final formula has about 15 elements, so it gets
pretty difficult. It's a very tough game as the enemies
come at you from all directions at speed, so you need to
play this game a lot to sharpen your skills. By the time
I had completed most of the game, I found myself pretty
good at it. It isn't that bad a game after all. It just
needs to be a little easier, so that you can get the
best out of it.
"So what are the scores, George Doors?"
Eh? A Storm Trooper?!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using an infinite lives cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have collected the final element of the last
formula, you have to beam off the planet. Your bonus
points are then calculated and added to your score for
the last time. A large picture of the victorious trooper
is then shown with a large Orion logo above him and the
words 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' below. A star field
moves in the background as a neat victory tune plays.
Following that, a congratulations message pops up with
your new ranking of 'BETELGUESE'. The game is