Title Guardian (CD32) Game Type 3D Action Players 1 Company Acid Compatibility CD32 Submission Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review Remember all the hoopla surrounding the release of STARFOX for the Super Nintendo? It didn't look all that impressive to me. Yet, to those people that have never seen an Amiga in action, it was impressive. I knew the Amiga could handle a game like that with no problem (and since the CD≥≤ is also an Amiga, I knew it could handle it as well.) GUARDIAN isn't exactly like STARFOX. It's more of a 3D version of DEFENDER, the old arcade game that put you in charge of destroying aliens before they could steal humans from the surface of the planet. If you've never seen STARFOX, it's a 3D polygon based flight game in which you witness everything from slightly behind the on-screen representation of your ship. GUARDIAN has a similar type of setup, but allows more freedom in where you can fly and also allows you to change your view to be pretty much wherever you want it to be. Numerous enemies come after you in an attempt to snuff you out. A very confusing control system (that involves all four action buttons on the CD≥≤ controller) makes it hard to concentrate on what you're doing while you should be doing it. I spent a lot of time flying around in circles just shooting blindly hoping to hit something until I thinned out the enemy enough to use the onscreen radar to single out opponents and go after them. It's a shame that the game is so hard to control, because it looks fairly impressive at first glance. After playing if for awhile, it's another frustrating and disappointing CD≥≤ game that doesn't do the machine justice. The controls do not need to be so confusing and the graphics appear to be more than the machine can keep up with when a lot is going on (which is most of the time.) It's obvious that a lot of work has gone into the game. The designers even went so far as to include a preferences option that allows you to move the screen position to allow the normally PAL mode game to fit on an NTSC screen. That's a feature I wish more CD≥≤ games had. If you've been searching for something a little different, you might want to try GUARDIAN. It's limitations aren't severe, just frustrating. With a proper amount of patience, it might be possible to salvage some fun from this disc.