AGH Atari 8-Bit Computer Review:

by Sierra On-Line

Crossfire is a combination shoot-em-up/maze game that offers the best of both worlds: quick reaction time, maze-tyupe environment, gaming strategy, shoot-and-duck, street matrix layout and bonus creatures ready to be gobbled. Fans of the coin-op game Targ will certainly dig this one.

Visually, Crossfire isn't all that great, but the gameplay is so good that it more than makes up for this deficiency. You're given three ships to protect a city from invaders, one ship at a time. You shoot by pressing the firing button and moving the joystick toward the creature you want to destroy. The enemy moves around the outside of the rectangular city and through the streets, so you have to watch out on four sides and duck down streets to avoid enemy fire. If they hit you or touch you, you're dead.

Ammunition is not unlimited, so you'll have to be careful and replenish it every so often by running over a special character. Also, as you get better and score higher, the number of shots you get per reloading will go down. There are four bonus lights, and one moves out into the streets after every twelve missiles that you've fired. Move your ship over them, and you earn 100 points for the first one, 200 for the second and so on.

Your macho skills will definitely be tested when playing Crossfire. It's a balls-out action fest that has none of the cuteness or good-natured humor found in some of the other action-shooters out there. The game can get frustrating at times, but that's how the men will be seperated from the boys.

Title Crossfire
Publisher Sierra On-Line
System Atari 400/800/XL/XE
Graphics 4
Sound 5
Gameplay 8
Overall 7
Reviewer Keita Iida

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