Saturday 12 November 2022

Pang (Amstrad GX4000 review)

Developer: Ocean
Publisher: Ocean
Released: 1990

Pang is an action game that was also released on the Amstrad CPC (1991).

+ Gameplay is highly addictive and you'll always want to return to tough levels to test out a slightly different method.

+ Clever use of environmental hazards and enemies to spice up the level design as you progress.

+ You can choose the stage order, which is a great idea that allows less skilled gamers to see further ahead.

+ The two-player simultaneous mode is exceptional and the graphics shine with stunningly detailed backdrops.

+ Controls are rock solid and the fun power-ups (such as the rapid fire gun) give you plenty of ways to tackle the stages.

- Collision detection isn't always consistent and you'll sometimes die despite an enemy sprite being a few pixels away.

- Lack of continues can be dispiriting and it seems incredibly stingy not to at least include a password system.

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