THE SENTINEL

Producer: Firebird
Price: £9.95
Author: Geoff Crammond

Screenshot

Big Guy in the distance — The Sentinel stands high on his rock outcrop, commanding the world below.

CRITICISM

Screenshot

Landscape 0000 — you don’t need an entry code for this one, which probably explains why Cameron photographed it.

COMMENTS

Control keys: S/D pan left/right, K/M pan up/down, A to Absorb, T, B and R to create Trees, Boulders and Robots respectively, H to Hyperspace, Q to Transfer
Joystick: Kempston, Interface 2, Cursor
Use of colour: monochrome effect, but background colour-change option
Graphics: excellent line and cross-hatched shading creates solid 3D, the whole scrolling smoothly and fast
Sound: some tunes and limited but effective spot FX
Skill levels: effectively, you make your own
Screens: 10,000 landscapes
General rating: Highly playable and addictive, The Sentinel is one of those rare games that makes owning a computer a delight.

Presentation90%
Graphics93%
Playability98%
Addictive qualities96%
Value for money95%
Overall97%