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Transistors Revenge

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Released: 1983

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Softspot

Developer: Chris Butler

Submitted by: Mat Corne

This unique shooter was an early offering from Chris Butler, who went on to create several great arcade conversions on the C64 (including Ghosts N Goblins and Commando) and develop for the Amiga and Playstation. The premise was fairly abstract – you play the role of a microchip that is under attack from electrical components such as resistors and capacitors, and you have to defend yourself by sending electrical pulses down the circuit board tracks that the enemies approach on. If any enemy reaches the chip, it is destroyed and a life is lost.

The game plays rather like a 2D version of Tempest, with enemies approaching from all sides and you madly sending charges down the circuit tracks to dispose of them. Additional points can be gained from blasting the various bonus items that appear, but you also have to be wary of pulses being fired back at you down the tracks. If it all gets too much there is a smart bomb which zaps everything on-screen. Despite being a computer game, the presentation is very arcade-like with the ability to continue play after losing all your lives and even the ‘select the letters’ method of entering your name on the high score table. While it lacks depth, Transistors Revenge is a great game if you just want a quick and challenging blast.