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Fantastic Voyage

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Released: 1985

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Amsoft

Developer: John Edmonds

Submitted by: Damian Butt

Excuse the pun, but this is a fantastic game.  Easily one of Amsoft's best.  It is based loosly on the movie of the same name, which also wasn't bad – helped by a very tasty Rachel Welch in a tight wet suit.

Unfortunately there is no Rachel in the game, but you, in dive gear.  You have been shrunk in size and injected into the scientists body, you have sixty minutes (after that you revert to your normal size and the scientist dies) to find the 8 pieces of the miniature sub and assemble it in his brain and escape.  Along the way you will come across infections and growths.  If you don't destroy an infection quick enough, with your laser, the scientist dies.  Growths can be killed by collecting white blood cells.  I don't know how accurate the human body is in the game, some weird parts of the body seem to be connected, but that doesn't really matter.   Two other problems that can be dealt to with your laser are viruses and cholestorel.  If you touch a virus cell, then it is all over.

This is one of the few games I actually took the time to complete.  For some reason, swimming round a human body, finding parts and shooting infections is great fun.  You need to either memorise or map the locations so that you can get to the different parts quickly in case an infection breaks out.

This must have been one of the very earliest games on any platform to be based on a movie, and it is done very well.  It shows what can be done when the programmer actually watches the movie and makes a game based on it.  Ocean could certainly have learnt a thing or two.  A must play if you are a CPC fan.