One of the games that catches you at the first sight. In my case, the game was so interesting when I first saw it. I finished it in not too long and played it again and again. But once I got enough of it, I rarely played it again. Still, I can't deny the great amount of fun that this game provided to me.
You are simply an action fighter, driving in three different vehicles. There are five missions you need to accomplish and each mission is divided in two parts: the first one is going on the streets and the second one takes place in the air. At the beginning of the mission, you receive a short briefing of the main enemy you are supposed to destroy at the end of each mission. When you finish all 5 missions, everything goes from the beginning, but it is (naturally) harder.
You start every level driving the bike. You have to drive the street that goes on and on in the circle. You are very vulnerable driving the bike, since every car can run you over and you are destroyed even if you hit the car from the behind. So, you can't really drive at the top speed, unless you want to test your reflexes. Your weapon is some sort of giant bullets. Well, you need to shoot the enemy vehicles in order to destroy it or to push it and make it hit something. There is a bank on each side of the road, so you can't accidentally loose life, but someone can push you harder, or you can hit the bank if there is a turning on the road.
As you shoot more and more enemies, some letters will appear (you can see the letter boxes from A to F above the action screen) and you should pick them up. When you pick up letter 'D', the bike will change into the car. Now you can run over the bikes and hit into the car more freely. Now, moving your joy left-right quickly will result in your vehicle transformation to bike/car. After picking up 'F' you'll just need to drive till the end of the road, since now the road won't go on and on. At the end of the road there will be a ramp and: your vehicle has transformed into the airplane.
Airplane can shoot and throw bombs on the ground targets. As the airplane there is no letters to pick, but various improvements. You just need to fly and fight the enemy until the end of the level, where the big enemy from the briefing is awaiting. Those "big" enemies are really not hard to destroy.
On both parts of the levels, some friendly vehicles may appear. Well, they are easy to spot, since all other vehicles will disappear, and your friends have written SEGA on their top. You just need to drive/fly into them (something already seen in the Spy Hunter and Spy Who Loved Me) and you'll come out with weapon improvement. Besides doubling your guns/rockets, you can receive a "back laser" that keeps you safe from fast vehicles from behind and, finally, short period of invulnerability. If you loose a life, all of these improvements are gone.
While driving the street, you'll notice some small boxes. Those are flags and on each level (street) there are only 4 of them. I doubt that they are more than just bonus points. Besides SEGA truck, there is a strange chopper coming from time to time. While you're driving the bike, it won't hurt you, but if you are driving the car, he will start dropping bombs. You can avoid the bombs, transform into the bike or destroy it if you have rockets (second weapons upgrade).
This is a MUST TRY for all action lovers. You'll probably find it very interesting. The ame is not hard, although you'll need some time to become better. You can probably find a cracked version with unlimited lives. Even if you enjoy playing it as long as I did, you'll get enough sooner or later. Still, the game is very good and if it is treated as "short time" fun (which is really not that short) it deserves a high mark.
|GRAPHICS - 7/10|
|Nice graphics, although there could be more detail in the background. Still, it gives what you need.|
|SOUND - 8/10|
|Music is really catchy, and sound quality is good. |
|PLAYABILITY - 8/10|
|Everything is simple. Switching between bike and car may cause a "joy damage", but is not that hard.|
|OVERALL - 8/10|
|Extremely fun action game. Nothing unseen, but interesting. It is short, but you get the impression that it would become dull if it is longer. If you like a short term action game, than 8 is not a high mark.|