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Superman - The Game Spectrum Review

Reason for Cancellation



EDIT : I AM A GIANT IDIOT, THE MANUAL ACTUALLY EXPLAINS EVERYTHING PROPERLY. I just didnt pay enough Attention...just ignore this Review. :lol:


So...before someone says that there is also another Game called Superman 3 that was programmed but then never released, than yes.


There is a Game produced before " Superman - The Game ", which would technically be the second produced Superman Game, that was based on the third Movie, but i didnt found an Emulator for that Game,so i just watched someone else play it.


Its basically like Missile Command, you control Superman and you can fly around the different City Parts ( little Groups of Buildings ) while having to stop the Missiles that get shot from the evil Computer.
( in the middle of the screen )


You either have to block the Missiles by going trough them or use your Heat Vision.
So you use your moving Keys and one shot Key.
You cant use your X-Ray Vision anymore like in the first Game, but you have a little Mini Map on the Top i think, that lets you see anywhere. ( i guess it could be a replacement for the X-Ray Vision Power )


The Game looks like fun, but its really just, block the Missiles until all the Buildings are destroyed and get a Highscore.
The Missiles go faster and faster every Round, until you lose.
It doesnt have an Happy Ending, its just a Highscore Game, so there isnt that much to it.
As i said, i havent played it, so...i dont know, could be fun. :wacko:


Now to the real second released Game :


Superman - The Game from 1985.


I actually have the Game for Commodore 64, which includes all the Combat Zones, but since i didnt want to spend so much Money on multiple old Home Computers, i just searched for an Emulator.


I could only find the Spectrum Version, but i have to admit, that i didnt searched that long, but i trust Emu-Paradise the most, since it seems to be the biggest Emulator Side.


And well...the Spectrum Version is shortened and has only one Combat Zone.
The Commodore Version has 5 and better Graphics
I wish i could play that Version.


So, lets make this Post shorter by counting Positive and Negative things right away:
( and hope that the Post Editor doesnt brake again. )


Positive Things :love:

  • The Game looks better and you have 3 Powers now, Flying, X-Ray Vision ( represented by the Mini-Map on the button, which lets you see, where People are ) and your Heat Vision.
  • Two Playable Characters, Superman and Darkseid. ( Darkseid can teleport himself and can use his Omega Beams. )
  • 5 Combat Zones and 6 Town Zones. ( The normal Town and an Underground Area, both divided by 3 Screens. )


Now the negative Things :( ( based on the Spectrum Version that i played :huh: )

  • This Game is confusing ! It says it has two playable Characters, but even the Manuel doesnt tell me, how i can change the Character !
  • The Manual also only partly explains to me, how the Game Works. It basically told me, i could pick up People and Items by pressing the Fire Button twice ( since you only have the directions Keys and one Action button ), but many times, it doesnt work.I cant pick up People and pressing the Fire Button mutliple times until it actually reacts and lets me pick up an Item, is kinda annoying.
  • Also its weird, that when you pick up an Item ( and it tells you by a Number that you have it ) its still on the Screen for a few more seconds.
  • You also have to change some barriers, to aim with your Heat Vision, because it gets reflected from the Barriers. What the manual didnt explain to me properly was, that i also have to change the Barriers in a way, that they would lead the normal People to a save Exit. That wouldnt be so bad, but some Barriers never change and pressing the Fire Button again for mutliple times until it finally reacts is again : ANNOYING !
  • Also, everytime you try to pick up an Item or change a Barrier, you automatically shoot your Heat Vision. And you have limited Power, which means you waste your Power every time.
  • Everytime you try to get to a new Place in Town, you enter the same Combat Zone, in which you have to destroy Grenades that get thrown by Darkseid. Okay...which means spamming the shoot Button again.
  • I can describe this Game in 2 Words : REPETITIVE and FRUSTRATING. :unamused:


Might be, that the Spectrum Version is the worst one and that the Commodore Version is better, but waiting for a Tape to load and spend houndreds of Dollars for a used System and then again Money, for the Tape loader, just for one single Game and then buy again an Amstrad Cpc, an Amiga and a Spectrum for the rest of the old DC Games, just seem to me, like a giant waste of Money.
I would buy gaming Consoles, because they are often cheaper and dont need that many special Items and have more releases on them, but Home Computer...nah.


I played the Spectrum Version and that gave me enough.
Its a nice try for a second Game, you have one more Power, an even cooler Enemy and more Action, but the Problems with this game are just to much.


Confusing Controls and Manual, spamming the Action Key everywhere because it doesnt react correctly, nowhere dows the Manual or the Game tell you how to actually change the Character nor does the Manual show you your Buttons that you have to use.
And some Items just dont work correctly, like Barriers that wont move or spamming the Action Key over an Item and not picking it up.


I know, i know, maybe my Emulator or my downloaded Rom is broken...could be. Sure.
Than just see this as the Emu-Paradise Download Version Review.
The Game is not fun.
Not at all. :(


I would give this Game ( Spectrum Version ) a 3/10.
The Spectrum Version is just spamming the Action Key the entire Game and hoping that something happens.
It gets frustrating and boring and i actually stopped playing after a few Minutes because its just not fun.
Its not working correctly, some Functions arent included and the Manual doesnt even tell you everything you need to know.


I didnt played the Commodore Version, but i would give this one a 6/10.
Good Graphics, a good Variety of Levels and different Combat Zone Mini Games.
The complete Version seems to be a good second Superman Game.
I see, that it trys a lot of good things, but if its again just spamming the same Key over and over and over again, i would probably get bored from that Version to.
It gets one Point in the good because it looks better and has more Content than the first Game, which i would expect from a Sequel.
But the Spectrum Version is a whole Load of Bull.
Maybe its just not the Game for me. :ooh:


Anyway, this is all just my Opinion and maybe i just suck at the Game. :lol:
Or maybe im just to stupid, to understand the Game. :adorkable:



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Okay i changed my Mind, i saw Gameplay of the Commodore Version and it has a good variety of different Gameplay Styles, so it would give it a 8/10 actually.


But who cares anyway. XD

Turn in next Week, for another : Marco sucks at Video Games !

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