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Blue Lightning

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Released: 1989

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari Lynx

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Epyx

Submitted by: Darran Jones

Launched alongside the Lynx with California Games, Epyx's Blue Lightning was something of a revelation back in 1989

With it's impossibly fast graphics, super slick scrolling and fast and frantic gameplay, it instantly made early Game Boy efforts like Tetris and Super Mario Land look likeyesterday's news (despite both titles having far better gameplay). This was essentially After Burner in the palmof your hand, and Atari made sure that gamers knew this at every possible opportunity.

Yes you can argue that the gameplay is incredibly simplistic, with levels requiring you to do little more than blow up as much stuff as possible, but there's no denying that blue Lightning remains great fun to play.

It's also stood the test of time very well, and even today, looks incredibly polished. If Atari hadn't been so short of cash, and had managed to garner the support of third  party developers (and sorted that damn battery life out) maybe things would have played out differently for the Lynx. As let's face it, titles like Blue Lightning prove that the machine was certainly capable of making some very good games.