Title Fly Harder Game Type General Action Company Starbyte Players 1 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Submission Adrian Simpson Profiled Reviewer Review Fly Harder, for those interested in the history of early games, is a remake of Thrust. It is to Thrust what Stardust was to Asteroids, and as anyone who has played either Stardust or Super Stardust will know, this is a very good thing. It can be likened to other Amiga Thrust clones, such as Zarathrusta and The Executioner, but is more recent. In case you are unfamiliar with any of the above, the game involves flying a small craft over a vertically and horizontally scrolling landscape, and negotiating the various obstacles and enemies along the way. The goal of Fly Harder is classically simple, but has some complications. Essentially, you have to guide a metallic ball from its resting position to a collection point. You do this by making your way in your spaceship to one of the balls and flying over it - this has the effect of 'picking up' the ball. It will now follow your ship until it crashes into a wall or reaches the end point. Sounds simple? Well it's not, due to the force (not the Star Wars one!) that they call gravity. Your ship will plummet to the ground and crash, if inadequate thrust is applied. The ball also has inertia and if you travel too fast, it will take a long time to stop and most probably hit some solid surface. You have a shield on the ship and so can hit the walls of levels a little, but it does drain very quickly. Other methods of dying are running out of fuel and dropping to earth, being shot at or crashing into the enemies that litter the levels. If you haven't guessed by now, this is a very hard game. You need the dexterity of a swashbuckling Errol Flynn to get very far in the game and so using the joystick is not recommended. The keyboard is much better, and luckily the game allows keys to be remapped. Key remapping is a feature that is missing in most Amiga games - if Spectrum games could manage it, then I think that most Amiga games should have been able to. The graphics are excellent in Fly Harder and really add extra polish to the game. While the detailed backgrounds add a lot of atmosphere to the game world, your main sprite never gets lost in them. This is one of those games with great graphics and yet superb gameplay. The only drawback is that it can be quite challenging, so prepare to be frustrated!