Crash Reviews


Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Wacky Darts Code Masters Ltd 76% (Issue 84, p66) The comical TV host and freaky opponents make this much more than just another Darts game.
Wally Kong Walltone Software 63% (Issue 5, p34) Above average 'Kong', despite some programming oddities.
Wanderer Elite Systems Ltd 57% (Issue 63, p16) The novel 3-D effect fails to inject any excitement into a dull space game.
Wanted: Monty Mole Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd 92% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 9, p8) Highly addictive, excellent value.
W.A.R. Martech Games Ltd 68% (Issue 35, p148) Fast, furious and futile.
War 70 CCS (Issue 10, p134) Clear layout, and a nice mix of overall strategy and close tactics. A pussycat.
War Cars Construction Set Firebird Software Ltd 53% (Issue 46, p139) An interesting maze/race game.
War in Middle Earth Melbourne House 70% (Issue 62, p73) An ambitious and intriguing game.
Warlock of Firetop Mountain Puffin Books 73% (Issue 1, p12) A very good, fast game and at its price, very good value.
Warlords Century Software 70% (Issue 20, p92) Rather lacking in text, but if you liked the other Interceptor games you'll like this one.
War Machine Players Premier Software 72% (Issue 72, p57) May not be original, but it provides a challenge for any arcade adventure freak.
War of the Worlds, The CRL Group PLC 46% (Issue 7, p44) Below average and, at its price, poor value for money.
Warriors Revenge Video Force 30% (Issue 8, p73) Poor.
Warzone CCS (Issue 12, p160) The second best computer wargame I've ever seen.
Waterloo KW Software 92% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 23, p138)  Plenty of scope within the game. Won't wear out overnight by any means.
Waxworks Digital Fantasia 70% (Issue 6, p77) Has excellent graphics and a good vocabulary and has all the makings of a good adventure.
Waydor IMS Software 80% (Issue 9, p67) Very good.
Way of the Exploding Fist, The Melbourne House 92% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 21, p12) Excellent.
Way of the Exploding Fist, The Melbourne House 72% (Issue 56, p88) Pure; unadulterated, smash-it-up fun.
Way of the Exploding Fist +, The Firebird Software Ltd 54% (Issue 60, p30) Even with the three-player option, it's nothing special.
Way of the Exploding Fist 2 Melbourne House 58% (Issue 38, p100) Doesn't live up to the expectations generated by Way of the Exploding Fist.
Way of the Tiger, The Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd  93% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 28, p116) An excellent development on the beat em up theme.
Way of the Tiger, The Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd 88% (Issue 61, p40) This is a piece of software of the highest quality .
W.E.C. Le Mans Imagine Software Ltd 66% (Issue 62, p14) Technically competent, but has too little game content.
Week in the life of the Thing!, A Players Software 73% (Issue 51, p23) A very playable and comical budget game.
Wellington at Waterloo CCS 73% (Issue 66, p40) A smaller wargame than we usually expect from Ken Wright, and a bit limited.
Welltris Infogrames 79% (Issue 87, p40) Addictive and puzzling little number. Shame about the controls, though.
Wender Bender Rankshigh Ltd 78% (Issue 18, p38) Interesting and entertaining, well produced.
West Bank Dinamic Software 84% (Issue 25, p12) An entertainingly simple program that will have you coming back for more.
Wheelie Microsphere 93% (Issue 2, p25) Addictive, generally excellent, good value.
Where Time Stood Still Ocean Software Ltd 94% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 54, p14) A thoroughly engrossing arcade adventure.
White Heat Code Masters Ltd 17% (Issue 46, p123) A very poor shoot-'em-up.
Whizz Kid Unique 45% (Issue 7, p38) A game with limited appeal.
Whizz Quiz Computer Tutor (Issue 17, p86) A very enjoyable program which has endless potential both for use in the home, and in schools.
Who Can Help? Teachers Pet Software (Issue 56, p108) This simple program, for very young school children, presents the user with a series of problems and asks which person would be best suited to solve the problem.
Who Dares Wins 2 Alligata Software Ltd 73% (Issue 28, p30) A rather disappointing conversion, still a reasonably enjoyable and tough shoot em up though.
Whodunnit Mastertronic Ltd 53% (Issue 9, p92) May be good for young families, otherwise average.
Wibstars A'n'F Software 35% (Issue 38, p99) The mixed game elements fail to add up to anything very exciting, especially for the price.
Wild Streets Titus 43% (Issue 75, p45) If these streets are wild, wait until you see Ludlow on a Sunday afternoon (yawn).
Wild Water Bug-Byte Software Ltd 78% (Issue 65, p21) A good simulation game that is well worth a paddle.
Wild West Hero Timescape Software 82% (Issue 1, p83) Very good.
Wild Words Longman Software (Issue 22, p85) The children who tried this game for me didn't think much of it and rapidly lost interest.
Wilfred the Hairy, Olaf the Hungry!  Microbyte 16% (Issue 5, p82) A waste of time and money, and a bugged program.
William Wobbler Wizard Computer Games 59% (Issue 26, p31) Some good ideas and reasonable gameplay, marred by a few faults.
Winged Warlords CDS Microsystems 79% (Issue 3, p116) Good to very good and medium addictive.
Winner Takes A Holiday AVP Computing (Issue 30, p46) Brilliant! This game could be played by the family at home, or the children at school. Educational and tremendous fun.
Winning Team, The Domark Ltd 86% (Issue 89, p33) Klax - APB - Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters - Cyberball - Vindicators.
Winter Games US Gold Ltd 93% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 26, p132) An entertaining and challenging sports simulation - one of the best on the Spectrum.
Winter Games US Gold Ltd 78% (Issue 75, p48) Go out and buy it now, you won't be disappointed.
Winter Olympiad '88 Tynesoft 44% (Issue 49, p96) A dismal failure which loses skis down to Epyx's two-year-old Winter Games.
Winter Olympiad '88 Tynesoft 61% (Issue 87, p39) A reasonable game but nothing to shout about.
Winter Sports Electric Dreams Software 43% (Issue 27, p123) Very disappointing.
Winter Wonderland Incentive Software Ltd 89% (Issue 38, p92) A well written, interesting story.
Witch's Cauldron Mikro-Gen Ltd 100% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 17, p97) An excellent and original adventure.
Wiz Melbourne House 38% (Issue 42, p32) Convoluted RPG type with poor playability.
Wizard's Lair Bubble Bus Software 94% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 14, p34) An excellent arcade/adventure game which requires exploration and discovery. Very good value for money and highly recommended.
Wizard's Lair Bubble Bus Software 65% (Issue 58, p109) Playable enough in the short term.
Wizard's Warrior Crusader Computing 84% (Issue 47, p41) Good.
Wizard Warz Go! 70% (Issue 54, p82) Hardly mass appeal, but extremely well accomplished.
Wizard Willy Cartoon Time 42% (Issue 73, p46) This is a big let down.
Wizball Ocean Software Ltd 92% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 45, p22) A few control problems hardly detract from entertaining and playable game.
Wonder Boy Activision Inc 43% (Issue 43, p82) Disappointing conversion from a good arcade original.
Wonder Boy Activision Inc 69% (Issue 79, p49) If you are after an addictive arcade adventure this is for you.
Word Games With the Mr Men Mirrorsoft Ltd (Issue 31, p79) An enjoyable and entertaining package of games, though again I would lower the age range as all the 8 year olds I know have outgrown the Mr Men!
Word Likeness Teachers Pet Software (Issue 56, p108) Pupils in the 9-12 age range should enjoy and benefit from this.
Words and Pictures Chalksoft Ltd (Issue 44, p95) An attractive package, making excellent use of graphics and sound, suitable for home and school.
World Championship Boxing Manager  Goliath Games 60% (Issue 73, p43) A specialist entertainment well executed for a discerning minority.
World Championship Soccer Elite Systems Ltd 54% (Issue 85, p60) Better than some recent football games, but still way too late to cash in on the World Cup boom.
World Class Rugby Audiogenic Software Ltd 85% (Issue 94, p56) All the action of the sport without the broken legs and face full of cold mud!
World Cup Carnival US Gold Ltd 26% (Issue 30, p14) Nice freebies, shame about the recycled two year old game!
World Cup Football Artic Computing Ltd 71% (Issue 7, p87) Generally above average but good of its type.
World Cup Soccer 90 Virgin Games Ltd 71% (Issue 78, p41) No-messing footy. Good, but lacks triff-making polish.
World Games US Gold Ltd 71% (Issue 40, p126) A bit disappointing compared to previous games in the series, but nevertheless, a worthwhile package for the money.
World Globe Eclipse Software (Issue 12, p186) Should make an interesting program in connection with school geography work.
World of Obliterator, The Melbourne House 70% (Issue 62, p64) It's all down to personal taste, but patient players will enjoy it more than others.
Worlds at War Esteem More Than Equal 39% (Issue 11, p149) Below average.
World Series Baseball Imagine Software Ltd 91% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 16, p38) An excellent action sports simulation with some very good features. Addictivity and playability is high, but more so with two players - our rating reflects this aspect.
World Series Basketball Imagine Software Ltd 81% (Issue 23, p35) Bound to impress simulation fans.
World Soccer Zeppelin Games Ltd 74% (Issue 75, p47) Definitely a game for the football management fanatic.
Worldwise: Nuclear Weapons Richardson Institute (Issue 18, p111) Aimed at an academic audience.
Worm Attack Pulsonic 42% (Issue 5, p99) Despite the price, hardly worth anyone's while.
Worm in Paradise Level 9 Computing Ltd 90% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 26, p91) Excellent.
Worse Things Happen at Sea Silversoft Ltd 91% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 6, p8) Addictive, playable, generally excellent.
Wrath of Magra, The Carnell Software 50% (Issue 10, p115) Poor.
Wreckage Ventamatic 58% (Issue 9, p125) Fair to below average, a bit low in content.
Wreckers Audiogenic Software Ltd 93% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 88, p42) Intriguing arcade adventure with blasting overtones.
Wriggler Romantic Robot UK Ltd 90% (A CRASH SMASH, Issue 15, p42) A different, lively and absorbing maze game which everyone found more addictive than they first thought.
Write On System Software (Issue 48, p54) Though Write On takes a little getting used to, the effort is worthwhile. Highly recommended as a flexible aid to developing literacy skills.
Writer, The Softechnics (Issue 31, p96) Overall I found The Writer amazingly fast and extremely powerful.
Wulfan the Barbarian Bulldog 47% (Issue 43, p93) Uninspiring and derivative forced 3-D.
Wulfpack Blue Ribbon Software 34% (Issue 68, p48) A very poor offering.
WWF Wrestlemania Ocean Software Ltd 83% (Issue 95, p14) Cracked skulls, mangled limbs and loose teeth, ahoy! Great fun for all the family.


Transcriptions by Chris Bourne 
Sinclair ZX Spectrum