Tangent by Softek

tangent_01Publisher: Softek
Developer: Softek
Release Date: 1988
Code: Andrew Merril
GFX: Hugh Binns
Music: Neil Baldwin
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 61%
Our Game Rating: 89%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Tangent is a fairly good horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up. It is similar to Delta, and has a neat parallax effect at the top and bottom of the screen. The waves of enemies are well drawn and are quite a challenge to defeat. At the end of each wave you get to battle a large mother ship. There are a lot of levels to battle through, which will prove quite a challenge for the best game players out there.
Level 6 is finally complete!
Bye, bye!
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite lives cheat and level skipper.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have beaten the final level, you get a small message reading ‘MISSION COMPLETE’, while a large Tangent logo scrolls from side to side in the background at the top and bottom of the screen. Very much like a demo from a cracking group. The game then ends.
Neil: It’s an ending, but it’s instantly forgettable.
Vinny: If ever ZZAP! 64 magazine got a review completely wrong, then it was certainly for this game. For some bizarre reason they decided that it was only worth a measly 61%!! WHAT?! This game was and still is SUPERB and lets not forget the fact that it was only £2.99! I’ll almost go as far to say that I prefer playing this more than Delta, even though Tangent is a little more rough around the edges. It’s a blooming good game! Right?
As for the ending… even that’s better than the ending for Delta. Okay – so it’s not a brilliant ending and it could have been so much better, but as Neil says, it’s an ending.
Andrew Fisher: Re: your comment on the ending looking like it was done by a demo group – in effect it was, since all those involved in the game (Lizard, Demon) were on Compunet at the time and it was getting hype because of that fact.
It’s a reasonable game, would have given it in the low 70s myself (particularly as there are only 6 levels). The ending is OK, a bit more than a static message but not outstanding.
Brendan Phoenix: Never heard of this game, but for a cheapo title it certainly looks ok. May have to give it a bash.
Just a really bog standard ending though. It’s like an ending by numbers, which sadly a lot of C64 and especially the cheapo titles suffer from.
Andy Vaisey: Missed this in the past. I think ZZAP! scored it about right given the number of levels and original price. If this had been £1.99 instead of £2.99, I think it could have been worth high 70’s low 80’s. The ending betrays it’s ‘scene’ origins. It’s ok though for the price.
FINAL SAY: Not very exciting at all.

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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