The world war simulator: Part II
» platform: zx Spectrum, Amstrad cpc » Developer: retrobytes » Download: Kikstart.eu/ww-sim-spec » price: free
VR has finally matured by the year 3000 to the point where the populace spend the majority of their time in virtual worlds to avoid dealing with the dystopia that surrounds them. Pretty much any experience can be created on a whim, allowing the user to experience and indeed interact with any point in human history such as posing for Da Vinci or sitting in the front row at a Beatles concert. But one particular user named Richard Burton doesn’t want to enrich himself in this way and has instead decided to simulate killing Hitler.
Richard will need to infiltrate the bunker, take out guards along the way and, on finding their leader, deal with him. Despite running on state of the art hardware, the AI managing the soldiers isn’t particularly bright so they wander around in a rather erratic manner – the best strategy is lying in wait until one wanders into the line of fire, although it becomes a reaction test when they do – and, when they spot an intruder, they’re often frustratingly accurate with their shots which means quickly ducking in
and out of the each screen to ascertain what threats are present will work far better than a thud and blunder approach.
There are some slightly anachronistic vending machines which freely serve up more ammunition and life-restoring medical packs and, while they might not be particularly frequent, Richard can also search the environment to find more supplies and the keys he’ll need to progress through the bunker. Not touching the mines is advisable though, since they’ll explode on contact.
Strange scenarios aside, The World War Simulator: Part 2 is a reasonable if flawed top down shooter, entertaining but marred by the random movement of the enemies and a few screens with wider entrances where merely walking in at the wrong position can see the ‘hero’ unfairly gunned down without time to even retreat. That’s frustrating when it happens, but the game is still playable so more hardy VR warriors might want to try their luck at the mission.
[ZX Spectrum] Less than stealthily dealing with one of the patrolling guards.
[Amstrad CPC] Important keys can be found in the oddest of places.