Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 41 / OCTOBER 1983 / PAGE 162

Mothership For Timex/Sinclair

Derek Stubbs

Mothership is a fast and engaging space game for the Timex/Sinclair 1000 with 16K RAM. It has several features which make it unique.

You are the pilot of a Starlight fighter flying in a long canyon (called a Zarway), reminiscent of the last battle scene in Star Wars. The fast-moving graphics help to create this illusion.

Out in space, at the end of the canyon, is the giant mothership which launches waves of drone fighters along the Zarway toward you. You can evade them or blast them with your laser, but you must be careful not to crash into the sidewalls of the Zarway.

The object of the game is to destroy the Mothership, which can evade your lasers and will fire back if you get too close. The game has three levels – and can be played by one or two players.

Though Mothership is very difficult, the controls make it easier to play. You use groups of keys rather than single keys to move your fighter or fire your laser. This makes the game seem like an arcade game where you concentrate on the screen and just "feel" the controls. For example, the bottom line of keys is the fire button. You can use your thumb to tap this line at the right time while your other fingers guide your fighter.

This package, from Softsync, is presented well. The fast and realistic graphics and the easy controls make it one of the best Timex/Sinclair 1000 space-war games I have seen. It is comparable to the excellent game Winged Avenger from Savage Software.

Depending on the difficulty level chosen, anyone over the age of five can spend many hours playing and enjoying Mothership.

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