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EMAP’s One Amiga aka The One magazine has a review of Dalek Attack in their latest issue, the game scoring an average review.

Reviewer: Simon Byron.

Simon Byron was a huge Doctor Who fan when he was a spritely fresh-faced youngster. His mum and dad took him to one of the Doctor Who exhibitions at Longleat and he actually shook Peter Davison’s hand. Who better, then, to review Admiral Software’s Time Lord sim’ (Apart from Tom Baker, of course.)

Saturday nights have never seemed the same since Doctor Who was banished to the Dark Void Of Occasional Repeats. I remember spending many an evening cowering behind my mummy whilst the Doctor battled it out with assorted scary enemies ranging from the scary Daleks to the frightening Sea Monsters (I nearly wet myself when I first saw them).

It never was a very impressive programme – most of the props looked like they’d been constructed out of stuck-together plastic washinig up bottles or a few crummy tin cans and, annoyingly, each episode usually began by altering the cliffhanger ending of the previous one in such a way as to allow the Doctor and/or one of his various assistants a legitimate escape route. You could bet your life that no matter how sure you were that the Doc had fallen into a pit of deadly Venusian spiders, come next Saturday you’d discover that he had, in fact, rather cleverly substituted himself for a Jelly Baby or something equally unbelievable.

There’s no denying, however. that, despite all its faults, Doctor Who was still’ a top laff and the nation wept as one when it was axed several years back. But, cheer up Time Lord fans, because now you can be the Doctor and save the universe from the Daleks. There’s the option to play either the Sylvester McCoy, Tom Baker or Patrick Troughton incarnations of the Doc. and a mate can join in the fun as Ace or a UNIT soldier and play along simultaneously in this jump-and-shoot affair set around the globe and climaxing on the wastes of Skaro, the Daleks homeworld. Can you save the world from certain destruction and more importantly, would you want to?

The Verdict

As Dennis Norden might say, if you’re one of those people who judges games by their graphics (and, believe me, there are a lot of you out there), then, on the pictorial evidence scattered about the page, you’ll no doubt have decided not to purchase Dalek Attack.

Admitted, this not a ‘must buy’ by any stretch of the imagination but it’s an entertaining platform game none-the-less. Although it’s blatantly unoriginal – we (and probably you) have seen this sort of thing thousands of times before – it’s well implemented and playable with it. Four levels of arcade action may not sound like much but, like ths TARDIS, there’s a lot more going on inside than you might imagine – there are loads of secret rooms, sub-levels and the like which all need discovering before you can progress to the next stage. It’s by no means an easy game – the Daleks and their friends require an inordinate amount of shots before they sod off and it is very easy to fall to your doom if you’re not too careful.

Still, at least the difficulty makes this a game that should see you well into the Spring, so you’re getting value for money if nothing else. However, if there’s one thing that I would change about Dalek Attack, its the two-player mode. If you’re going to have a simultaneous two-player mode then, for Heaven’s sake, make it a simultaneous two-player mode arid not an unplayable hybrid of a one and two-player game. If you’re prepared to overlook that niggle, however, and you’re a fan of platform games and/or Doctor Who then you shouldn’t be disappointed with this.

Graphics: 65%
Sound: 61%
Playability: 63%
Overall: 65%

Dalek Attack is out now from Admiral Software priced at £25.99. One Amiga is in all good newsagents priced £3.75.

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