Title Guardian (CD32) (Second Review) Game Type 3D Action Players 1 Company Acid Compatibility CD32 Submission Jason Compton This Amiga Report review appears here by courtesy of Jason Compton Review Give us a good CD32 game, so the call goes. Give us something with nice graphics, fast RAM compatibility, NTSC/PAL compatibility...oh, and fittingly good CD tracks. Give us Guardian. It's really that good. For those who haven't played the demo yet, Guardian is a 3D remote-camera perspective game which finds its roots in the old game of Defender. The upshot: Blow up all of the bad guys before they blow up your buildings. You fly your speedy glider of death around what seems to be a small, recurring plot of land (but with a suspension of disbelief could be an entire planet), trying to find these baddies so you can hit them with your rapid fire cannon. What's to stop you? Time...after all, you can't be everywhere at once, and the enemy is rather widespead. (airlifted in from what appear to be huge hot air balloons) Another deterrent is the fact that certain varieties of enemy craft shoot back at you...chase you around...and try their hardest to slam dead into you. You're provided with a shield, but it's often not enough when you start hitting aliens or, worse, buildings. (Yep, you can uproot a pine tree with your craft, and it does a number on you.) What makes Guardian so nice? Well, the flying-around-shooting-people is well done and makes decent use of the CD32's pad. Control seems logical. The graphics aren't stellar, but are crisp enough in their own right, and the 3D generation is considerably enhanced by fast RAM. The freely-adjustable camera angle is another bonus...if you're feeling masochistic, you can place the camera in FRONT of your craft, relying on your radar (and incredible luck) to keep you alive. Or, do a top-down, wide-angle view of the land as you fly through it getting pummeled. Life isn't perfect, though...on the faraway views of the camera, objects just don't appear until they're ready, leaving "blank" areas where you can't see anything coming. Also, if you place the camera below the plane your craft flies at, ground-level objects appear to float in midair... Ah, but that's ok. Guardian is good, solid, explosive fun that no CD32 owner with $45 to blow should be without. It's a great compliment to your machine.