This game is a lesser known title (in the arcade game genre) on the Commodore Amiga.
As far as I'm concerned, this was a hidden gem of a game that was better than a lot of full price offerings. It was a PD game developed by Infernal Byte Systems and published by Amiga Fun - and it later was given away free as a magazine cover-disk.
So, you could get your hands on a nice little horizontal shoot em up for free. Welcome to the Lethal Zone.
In classic arcade fashion you could collect powerups, which were double fire, a powerful beam lazer and extra fuel.
There was nothing radical in the game, it was blow the crap out of wave after wave of nasties, avoid crashing into the scenery (and on-off lazer barriers) and take down the end of level bosses.
The graphics were nicely drawn and had that cool metallic look that the Amiga was becoming famous for. The game also featured a decent in game soundtrack (which changed from level to level) and good sound effects - overall it was of a higher quality than most other PD games or free cover-disk offerings.
The only drawback to the game was the limited powerups you could collect and the fact that the game was very short.
An accomplished arcade gamer could complete this after a few goes - and the game did actually 'end' once you had destroyed the final big boss. No going back to level one here.
A nice little game that had a lot of charm.
We recommend getting hold of the real Amiga hardware - but if not then download an Amiga emulator and download Lethal Zone. Alternatively you could try and play it online.
Please see our other Amiga retro game reviews - all links are listed in alphabetical order. Cheers guys
GENRE: Arcade game (horizontal scrolling shmup)
RELEASE DATE: 1991
RELEASED BY: Infernal Byte Systems
DEVELOPER(S): Andreas Lautensack, Thobias Prinz, Frank Lautensack
PRICE: Not sure, a couple of quid probably. Then free as a magazine cover disk.
A full playthrough - it's short-lived yet classic arcade gaming:
Arcade Game and Amiga Games