Format reviewed: Commodore 64
Publisher: bug byte
Submitted by: James Evans
starting on a jet ski aprroaching land fast before BAM! welcome to nexus. Get up, chat to the first woman you come across who handily shows you the passage to utter confusion! 1st impressions for me were always 'what the hell am i supposed to do?!' It eventually becomes clear that you are to infiltrate the facility you have just arrived at via underground tunnels. From here you need to search room after room to find the secret data and rescue your friend before making your escape. The controls are quite well mapped out – the actual gameplay screen is cut down to accomodate the map screen and the controller layouts but this does help. If anyone has played this then you will hear my solice when i say 'dear god get the stun gun!' else you are basically knackered! kick the wrong person in the face then you will spend the entire game fighting off each and every digitised character… and then you bump into the man in black… Just keep running! search the lockers and run on! Before you know it you will be back in prison from having your head kicked in and you get to repeat the process. In reading this it doesn't sound that exciting.. but from the original layout and the sheer mystery of what the hell is going on makes it totally worthwhile. Once you get your rhythm and get in the groove of the different floors and which characters to avoid, the game is very addictive. Gameplay wise it is nothing but fun and graphically it functions very well. Recommended for an evening of confusion.
Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC
Publisher: Prism Leisure
Submitted by: Andy Bolsover
At the age of 8 years old, I spent vast quantities of time bathed in the radioactive green glow of the Amstrad CPC464 that my dad had purchased. The rest of my time was spent eating, sleeping, poking frogs with sticks and watching a heavily edited version of Enter the Dragon that I’d taped off the telly. Now imagine my joy when I found out I could combine two of these activities. Time saving Christmas come early! As far as I’m aware there isn’t an Enter the Dragon video game, but Nexus fills the gap admirably.
You begin the game by jet skiing into a secret island lair, to infiltrate a dastardly drug ring JUST LIKE IN ENTER THE DRAGON (almost). On arrival you’re inexplicably greeted by someone, as if it was your first day at a new job. I’ve often wondered how henchmen get employed, and it would seem that just rocking up and saying hello is a winner.
You’re then given the run of the giant island to explore, using some serious kung fu fighting skills to take out the bad guys, or by using stealth, going undercover and liaising with other N.E.X.U.S agents. Although all the sprites look near identical, with only colour coded uniforms to tell them apart (if you were lucky enough to have a colour monitor) all of the important ones have digitised pictures of their faces which crop up on your display when you meet them. It’s a nice touch, making it seem as though you’re interacting with real characters, and certainly adds to the atmosphere, the game’s strongest point.
The main problem that I recall my 8 year old self having with this game was that I really didn’t have a clue what I was supposed to be doing. It’s all well and good exploring, beating up bad guys and taking photos of illicit cargoes, but you’re very much left to figure things out for yourself. I rediscovered this through emulation. Unfortunately the rom is in French, making your objectives even more opaque. Still, it's good practice for my French skills. Zut alors!