by The Shaw Brothers: Graham D. Shaw
Atlantis Software Ltd
Sinclair User Issue 120, February 1992   page(s) 20

Conan the Barbarian step aside, it's Moontorc the Midget's chance for for some glory.

Swing, swipe and swat those enemies in a hostile landscape filled with untold riches and incredible weaponry. In Moontorc you play a special kind of hero who, like most heroes, ends up having to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of an evil lord. Never mind though it's not as bad as it sounds, you do come equipped with a haversack to store goodies, a sack for all the yummy gold that's scattered around the landscape and replenishable supplies of axes, spells and shield power to protect your little sprite in those moments of big danger.

The object of the game is to collect gold allowing you to purchase weapons, keys and most importantly pieces of the Moontorc, the most valuable item the the whole game. Three pieces of Moontorc must be used to get past each end of level tollman.

The graphics are detailed and colourful though the main sprite is quite small. Action is fast and although there's some rather dodgy sprite detection and loose movement when selecting weapons, the game is very playable and addictive. The sound is basic during the game but there's a version of 'Scarborough Fair' as the title music that'll keep the oldies (like Garth) happy.

Moontorc is a playable formula game with some fun fighting action and lots of places to explore, so fight off all that Christmas pudding indigestion with some Moontorc action.

Label: Atlantis
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Big Al Dykes

GARTH: An encouragingly good game from Atlantis to start off the new year with. Colourful graphics, with a whole host of selectable weapons make this game a great bash 'em up.

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 75%
Playability: 81%
Lastability: 89%
Overall: 82%

Summary: Big game, big fun. There's no shortage of action, exploring a mystical world in search of the kidnapped princess Lalena. Sprite control can be a little annoying at times but this is certainly an enjoyable game.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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