Highway Hunter Omega Integral Systems, Safari Software Ltd. / Epic MegaGames, Inc. 1994

Five years earlier Axis of Allied Nations gained control over Earth. They immediately placed up terraformers to make life more hospitable for themselves. The downside? It is killing the human race. You were once a rebel, but you got caught and has been used as an engineer to build a new weapon for the aliens. The MASTER (Multi-Attack Super Turbo Energy Ranger). One day when oppurtunity strikes, you steal the MASTER and escape. Now it is time to do some serious payback. This is a spiritual precursor to Safari's more famous shooter Tyrian is just as enjoyable and addictive as Tyrian is. It's also inspired by the arcade shooter SpyHunter. The gameplay is quite similar to other space shooters, you kill everything you can see and pick up powerups along the way, then you kill a big boss at the end of each level. The thing that sets it apart, however, is that you are operating a car and thus are confined to driving on the road. Which means that you don't have as much room to avoid enemies as you have in other games. It has excellent music, really nice design and sprites, and plays very smoothly. The 15 levels are all designed with a good balance. Not too hard, and not too easy. However, the game is lacking that certain something to reach the full 5-point mark. It just fades into the row of other space shooters, with little (apart from driving instead of flying) to set them apart.
Episode 1 - Floppy Image ISO Demo 819kb (uploaded by scaryfun)
Full Demo 1MB (uploaded by MyAbandonware)

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