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Cybertron Mission

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Released: 1983

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Micro Power

Submitted by: Mat Corne

If you’ve ever read about the making of Robotron: 2084 you’ll know that it’s creator Eugene Jarvis was heavily inspired by Stern’s 1980 arcade game Berzerk. Ultimately Robotron would become a single-screen manic shooter, but if Jarvis had not evolved his original inspiration quite so far, the result would almost certainly have resembled Cybertron Mission.

Micro Power’s game takes the maze-wandering theme of Berzerk, adds the gaudy colours and myriad robots of Robotron and adds an element of item-collecting for good measure. The aim on each level is to avoid or shoot the robots (and also the electrified walls) and find a specified item that will transport you to the next level. Much like it’s influences, each screen is filled with robots that pursue you relentlessly and if you hang around on a screen for too long then you will be attacked by an indestructible ghost, the spiritual successor (pun intended!) to Berzerk’s Evil Otto.

While the game’s influences are obvious, Cybertron Mission is very well presented, adds enough originality to stand out and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.