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Sonic Boom

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Released: 1990

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Activision

Submitted by: Ash H

Fancy flying a jet through six levels of non-stop vertical scrolling action? If you do then Sonic Boom may be that game. There is not much of a storyline, terrorists are up to no good so you get travel around the world with a simple mission. If it moves shoot it, if it doesn't, shoot it anyway.

The first thing I noticed about this game is how colourful it is compared to a lot of cpc shooters. It also plays a quite a fast pace. You start off in your jet fighter which can fire missiles at the enemy. You also start with three smart bombs for when the going gets tough. Shooting certain waves will leave behind a pod when collected will give you a little wingman or ghost plane. The more of these you collect the better but one shot and they are gone, just like you.

On each level there are plenty of enemy aircraft to face. Occasionally a tank will come into view, fire a few rounds at you and go back from where it came from. One nice feature on level two is the giant oil drums. Shooting these will obviously blow them up which has a nice effect. But flying into them is not recommended. Before each stage the screen shows you your target, which could be a battleship, a large oil rig and so on. These take many hits to destroy and a bar at the top of the screen will show you your status in achieving this.

Sonic Boom is a good shooter for the cpc. One of the better looking games of this type with the usual sounds of explosions in the background. Sometimes the enemy bullets can be a bit hard to see but you do have enough credits to get a fair way into the game. A good conversion from the arcade if perhaps not the most exciting but still worth a blast.