|The Milk Tray man has certainly upped his game.|
Your mission, which lets face it - you've accepted, is to gain access to a warehouse and recover a floppy disk which contains the names of rebel leaders and get out again, ideally alive.
|Seems safe here. Do I really have to go in?|
So, what have your 'employers' given you to arm yourself in your mission? A nice Ninja sword, maybe? Nunchucks? No. A single shuriken. They must have a lot of faith in you, or just being tight. I'll go for the latter. So, when you've dispatched said solitary shuriken into the chest of a pesky security guard, you are literally empty handed. Though luckily, scattered around the place are some handy make-shift weapons. Hurrah! Take a look through some boxes that are placed around the warehouse and you'll find a plethora of weapons at your disposal. From a brick to metal pipes, bits of wood and the odd shuriken (maybe it's the one you used earlier) you'll never be too far away from something to cause some damage to people who may get in your way.
|If you stand still enough, it makes you completely invisible to dogs.|
|You seem very confident. Prepare for disappointment!|
From the start menu you have the usual selection of selecting controls, and when these have been selected, there is an option to select the level of difficulty. Of course, being the coward I am I will always choose the easiest difficulty. Upon doing which, you will be greeted with the message in the image above - pah! If you say so! According to the game instructions, selecting the level of difficulty will determine the amount of time you get to complete your mission and how much energy the enemies take off you. Though, I'll have to take their word for it as on the difficulty scale of 1-8 available, I don't think my finger has ever strayed further than number one. I guess I'm not the most ruthless of saboteur around.
|Excuse me, sir. You seem to have your foot attached to my chest.|
As you delve deeper and deeper into the warehouse, you'll find a lot more things to discover. Hit what looks like the bottom floor and you'll find an underground train carriage which takes you even further into realms of despair. I don't mean the London Underground when I say that, just further into this very complex warehouse, though there are some comparisons to be found - notably angry looking people with bricks and weapons lying around the place. Though, that's where comparisons with the London Underground must end as instead of getting tutted at for using the wrong side of escalator, you should be running as fast as you can (impossible during rush hour), kicking people in the face, sliding down ladders, evading angry dogs and dispatching of enemies in the blink of an eye.
|Run! Get to the flying vehicle over there! That's how it goes, yeah?|
Saboteur! is right up there when it comes to classic Spectrum games. Groundbreaking in terms of gameplay and one that still creates an atmosphere to this day when you play it. Now, get out of here and go and get me that floppy disk, dammit! Here, take this single shuriken to fight multiple enemies - that should do. Best of luck!
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