Title Laser Squad Game Type Combat simulation Players 1-2 Compatibility A500 HD Installable No Submission Truls Rostrup UFO - Enemy Unknown and its sequels owes a lot to Laser Squad, which was produced by the people behind UFO. The very first game of this type was Rebelstar Raiders, which was released on the Spectrum. Laser Squad is a sequel to Rebelstar Raiders that was graced with an Amiga release. Graphics are above average for the genre, and the sound is quite good with music and sampled sound effects. The game is a squad-level strategy game like UFO, where you kit out your troops with different guns and grenades and take them around a turn-based mission. There are about 5 or 7 missions in the game, of which most are brilliant and varied. For example, the first mission is an assassination attempt on a house of a drug lord protected by droids, whereas the second mission is an infiltration mission to free prisoners. Later missions involve defending a base from an alien attack. Many elements seen in UFO are included in Laser Squad; morale, armour, opportunity fire, movement points etc. The game even has some cool details not seen in UFO. In one memorable instance, one soldier of mine panicked due to increasingly lonely (his mates all down and out), and duly dropped his pistol to the ground. An enemy soldier turned the corner and lobbed a grenade at my panicked fellow, who them caught the grenade in his hands and on his turn threw it back in the face of the enemy, blowing him up! Finally, there is one area which makes Laser Squad so much better than UFO - it has a two-player option. The AI of the computer is good, but as usual much more fun is had defeating another person. One good balanced mission for this is the first assassination scenario. One player controls the drug lord and his bodyguard robots, the other player takes over the assassination squad. Hint to the assassins - buy a rocket launcher, who needs to go through doors to enter the house when you can blow it all up and maybe catch some inhabitants in the blast! Hint to the drug lord - hide in the toilet, no one will look for you there. Keep the robots aiming out the windows and target that rocket launcher. In conclusion, Laser Squad is a great little two-player game and one that can be finished in an hour or two for the shorter missions. Great playability.