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Disposable Hero

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Released: 1993

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Amiga 500

Publisher: Gremlin Graphics

Developer: Euphoria

Submitted by: Ashley Hodgetts

Disposable Hero is set far into the future and all things that are evil are up to no good again. You belong to a bunch of guys who protect your world and all of it's neighbours so it's time to do just that. Yes this is another horizontal scrolling shooter for the amiga but can it compete with so many other great shooters?

Once the game had started I was instantly impressed with the graphics. The game moves along nicely with plenty of colour and detail. Your ship has some neat details of its own. When moving forwards the engines fire up and too many collisions with the alien enemy will see smoke coming out. If you have the time, take a look at what is going on in the background. Lots of little things are going on. You may see gun turrets spinning around to take aim at you. Levels which feature water look marvellous too. Creatures and ships cause splashes in the water and spoil the pretty reflection of your ship.

In my view the game itself plays okay. It does differ to most shooters. There are icons to pick up but they do not power up your ship straight away. Scattered around the levels are platforms you can land on. The icons you pick up are blueprints for better weapons. If you have enough energy you can install these new weapons otherwise this hard game will not get any easier. When I say a hard game I mean it. For toughness this game is right up there with R-Type 2 and Project X, but at least your ship can take a few hits before it does a Ronaldo and take a dive.

So it looks pretty good, loads of neat touches. It plays quite well with a new kind of power up system. The sound is a little weedy but the music is good. There are five levels to try and get through and it will last you a long time. I didn't take to this game at first because I ended up dodging everything as my weapons were having little effect. Most of this has been seen before but with Disposable Hero and it's odd ending, it is worth seeing again.