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Gates of Zendecon

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Released: 1989

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari Lynx

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Peter Engelbrite

Submitted by: Darran Jones

There's only a handful of shmups available on Atari's Lynx, and sadly, none of them are really much cop. This early effort from 1989 is easily the worst and whilst it features some nifty little ideas, it's hampered by the dull level design, wimpy power-ups and treacly slow gameplay.

Gates of Zendecon's most innovative feature is that there's an insane amount of levels to traverse, which can be negotiated by flying through different gates. It's a really nice touch and means that even the most novice of players will see a fair amount of the game, but it's just so boring to play through.

The power-ups on offer are extremely basic and rarely appear with any sort of regularity, the graphics are extremely bland (only the explosions have any sort of impact) will the music is maddingly annoying and will have you reaching for the volume switch in seconds.

I'd love to say that Gates of Zendecon is yet another superb example of how great the Lynx was, but that would be an outright lie. It's just an average blaster that's blown away by Game Boy efforts like R-Type. A game that even hardcore shump fans will be disappointed with.