Title Tech Game Type General Action Players 1 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All (But will need degrader with AGA) Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review The only reason I came across the game Tech was because of my gratitude to Bert Jahn; author of the fantastic game patching utility, WHDLoad. I`d asked Bert if there were any original games he wanted me to try to track down for him, and, as it turned out, Tech was his only request. Although the game is available for legal download, I've never been able to find it for sale as an original, but I've not given up yet. Tech is clearly inspired by the lightcycle sequence in the film Tron. This could well be why I've not come across an original copy of the game: It would have been an obvious candidate for a law suit if it was unlicensed. For those of you that have not seen Tron and know nothing of lightcycles, what Iím referring to is a variation on the Snake game theme that used to be so popular on the 8-bit computers. Still none the wiser? Okay then, in Tech you control a motorbike, from an overhead viewpoint, that you must drive around an arena, trying to avoid being killed by other motorcyclists. This sounds straightforward, but what makes the game so tricky is that each vehicle leaves a continuous trail behind it (from its starting position) that forms an impenetrable barrier that neither you nor your opponents can pass through. You can imagine that very soon your freedom of movement becomes extremely restricted as each party tries to cause the other to get boxed into a smaller space. Attempting to penetrate the barrier causes instant death, and as a side effect, the collapse of the victimís barrier. This last point clearly makes no difference when you only face only one enemy, because play stops immediately, but in the case of a second opponent, it can be a lifesaver, enabling you to suddenly escape from impending disaster. To bolster the gameplay, the arenas become gradually more tricky with a greater amount of obstacles and, in the later levels, areas of the arena are suddenly closed off to you, forcing you to drastically change your travel plans. The opponents also become more cunning and skilled as you progress, providing you with some serious competition. The longer you can survive during a game the higher your score will be, and to increase your score further, running over the starting point of a deceased opponent nets a worthwhile score bonus. That probably doesn't sound like very much, but Tech is another one of those games that needs to be played to be appreciated. The hypnotic sound effects with the Tron-like drone of your light cycle and the often repeated cheer whenever a vehicle turns, the one-more-go gameplay, the needle-matches that can develop when you have a two player game with a friend, it all just somehow works, and manages to be, despite its relative simplicity, a really fun game.