Title Datastorm (Second Review) Publisher Visionary Design Technologies, 1989 Game Type Shoot-em-up Players 1,2 and 2 player simultaneous (team) Compatibility All (With WHDLoad Patch) HD Installable Yes (With Patch Submission Scott Williams Review Datastorm is dual-direction, horizontally-scrolling blasting game, where, as in the coin-op classic Defender, you fly back and forth destroying alien ships intent on capturing your friends from the planet surface. Presentation 9/10 Opening speech, colourful title screens, credits, hi-scores, playing instructions and scenario all follow in a lovely presented rolling loop. Once the fire button is pressed the main option screen appears offering multiple joystick and/or player setups. Before the action begins, a short animation is played, your pilot giving you the thumbs up to get ready, then after you have died a picture of your smashed ship which shows a neat heat distortion effect from your engines. Everything is cleanly laid out and loads with a minimum of fuss. Graphics 9/10 Although they can`t be described as ground breaking each and every sprite is perfectly formed and most of the 128 enemies become memorable after a few plays. Everything is smooth and very very fast!!!! Sound 8/10 Bouncy tunes and spot-on fx mean you are never wanting more from a game of this type! Playability 9/10 The explosion of the planet Xerxes plunged its eight orbiting colonies into deep space. Forced to rebuild their shattered civilization, they are seeking out a new home planet. You must guide and protect the eight survival pods through their dangerous voyage and lead them to sanctuary. Yes, its a variation on the classic Defender theme and more than a direct rip-off of a Commodore 64 game called Dropzone. Fast and responsive controls are crucial to a game like this and there are no worries here. Very addictive and near heart stopping on the later levels! Hassle factors 1/10 If I really had to pick holes in this superb game it would be that it was written in the heyday of 512k and doesn`t take advantage of using any more memory to remove the occasional split-second disk accessing. Its availability!, it was very hard to track down the original, although it did re-surface as one of the tenstar bundle of games sold with some new amigas. Overall 9/10 A superb arcade style shoot`em up, better and more varied than Defender, better presentation, graphics and sound than Dropzone. A frequently forgotten game which often sees the inferior Blitz Basic Defender take its place in many top 100 games surveys.