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Introduction: The Mazeli and Sahiban races have been locked in a seemingly endless war. In an effort to break the ongoing stalemate, both sides have conducted extensive research programs to end the conflict. The result of the Mazeli's efforts is the Blazer, a formidable and advanced spaceship. Should the Sahiban allow this vessel to become operational, it could potentially spell their doom.
To steal the Blazer, a daring plan has been devised: a single-seat fighter will embark on a high-risk mission deep into Mazeli territory. To entice brave volunteers, a substantial reward of 25 million Galactic groats has been offered. The player assumes the role of one such individual who couldn't resist the temptation of this enticing offer.
Gameplay: The player is assigned to pilot a basic Mark IV fighter and must navigate deep into enemy territory, where secret work on the almost-completed Blazer is underway. Along the way, stationary Mazeli vessels are prime targets for capture. These vessels range from slow, single-shot crafts to multi-directional spinner ships.
Control of each newly acquired vessel is secured by flying into them, making use of the automatic docking facilities that allow the pilot to take control of the captured vessel. In the unfortunate event of the player's ship being destroyed, a replacement Mark IV is dispatched into the battle.
Throughout the mission, there are five Mark IVs available, and if all of them are destroyed, the Sahiban will be left at the mercy of the Mazeli forces and their formidable Blazer.
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Review - Blazer: When you first load Blazer, it might evoke memories of Hades Nebula, but it manages to surpass it in various aspects. Although its gameplay and graphics bear some similarity to Hades Nebula, Blazer offers a slightly more challenging experience. However, it's important to note that collision detection can be problematic when the screen is crowded with sprites. Nonetheless, Blazer is worth a try, especially if you're up for a demanding challenge, particularly if you haven't played Hades Nebula before.
Additional Comments: While Blazer can provide initial enjoyment, the constant and repetitive blasting may lead to a waning interest. There is limited variety in attack patterns, and the backgrounds tend to be somewhat monotonous. Before making a purchase, it's advisable to explore other games at a similar price point, as you might find more engaging and rewarding alternatives.
Conclusion: Blazer offers a considerable challenge and may appeal to certain players. However, it falls short in terms of depth and gameplay variety. It's recommended to survey the market for alternative options before committing to a purchase.
Game category: Commodore 64 games