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STUN Runner

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Released: 1991

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari Lynx

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Atari

Submitted by: Darran Jones

If I've not been able to convince a single person that Atari's Lynx is worth picking up then I've pretty much wasted every evening for the last two weeks. Still, I've always been a glutton for punishment, so here's yet another reason why you need to own this great little machine.

Released fairly late in the Lynx's (criminally short) lifespan, S.T.U.N. Runner is a superb conversion that faithfully mimics Midway's excellent coin-op. Granted the slick polygons of the arcade original have been replaced by simple (yet oh so effective) sprites, but like Roadblasters, this is an amazingly proficient conversion that once again highlights the Lynx's many strengths.

Indeed, S.T.U.N. Runner is a highly impressive looking Lynx title that nips along at an incredibly quick pace and puts many other handheld racers to shame. Action throughout is fast and furious, with the constantly twisting tunnels testing your reflexes as well as your nerves. Speech is plentiful (if a little fuzzy in places) the sound effects are perfectly competant, while the music stays just the right side of acceptable.

It's the gameplay where S.T.U.N. Runner excels however and even the most jaded gamer will be impressed with S.T.U.N. Runner's clever blend of furious racing and intense blasting. A devilish combination that never, ever gets boring.

S.T.U.N. Runner, along with Roadblasters, represents everything that's brilliant about the Atari Lynx. the fact it can be purchased for less than a tenner just makes it even more desirable.