Gaplus by Mastertronic

gaplusgamePublisher: Mastertronic
Developer: Digital Design
Release Date: 1988
Code: Ash & Dave
GFX: Ash & Dave
Music: Jeroen Tel
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 71%
Our Game Rating: 88%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

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Gaplus by Mastertronic is a Galaga clone. It’s one of the best conversions of the arcade classic on the C64. It’s a simple game where you have to blast every attacking alien until the screen is clear in order to progress to the next wave. The sprites are clear and well drawn and the ship controls pretty well. There’s not a lot else to say apart from give this budget shooter a go if you haven’t played it and you’re a Galaga fan.
The final stage is complete…
…with a few fireworks.
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played a cracked version with an infinite lives cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have completed level 50, an ending message appears, which reads: “WOW! MEGA! GAME COMPLETE!
Neil: Not a great deal. A message appears which reads ‘WOW! MEGA! GAME COMPLETE!’. I don’t know how this compares to the arcade machine ending. 1/10 – A lot of zapping for a crap ending. A neat budget game though.
Vinny: I haven’t actually played this game yet… even though I own two copies of it! And to be honest with you, I didn’t realise it was created by the great duo Ash n Dave! So here’s the thing… ZZAP!64 magazine scored this 71%, yet Commodore User magazine thought it was worthy of 97%. Sounds like a Marmite situation to me!
Unfortunately, the ending isn’t anything to email home about. It’s flat and virtually non-existent 😦 1/10 from me too.
Andy Vaisey: A really good conversion let down slightly by the odd glitch and slow moment. This is one of those rare occasions where I disagreed with ZZAP. This game has got to be worth mid-80’s% in my humble opinion, particularly taking into account the basement price of 199 pennies. Of course, if you don’t like this type of game, then your mileage may vary. Me? Love Galaga and all associated games and sequels so this is right up my street.
Huge slap in the face for Ash & Dave though for the ending. Terrible. Shame.
Andres Fisher: I agree, I think it’s a very good conversion that plays well – for a budget price it was great value. There are many good touches, for example the metallic colours of the sprites. However the glitches and the substandard ending do let it down.
Gaz Spence: A good conversion, certainly, and one that works well as budget release. Just a shame the ending is something of an afterthought.
FINAL SAY: I certainly didn’t say ‘WOW!” or “MEGA!”…

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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