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Review of 'Fantastic Voyage'

Rating:4 User: Matt_B

Originally made under the working title of Blood 'n' Guts, Quicksilva managed to acquire a film license just before release, hence the change of name. Also hence the fact that it's not really got that much to do with the film other than involving miniaturized people inside a human body.

It plays like a typical multi-screen arcade adventure, and the plot is simple: You're trapped inside someone and need to find eight parts of a midget submarine hidden in various places, and assemble them in the brain so you can swim out through an optic nerve. The human body is mapped out in a passably anatomical fashion - if you overlook a few liberties - and you can blast away at fat and collect white blood cells and release them at enemies to unlock new areas. Occasionally, infections will break out somewhere in your host's body and you'd better go and fight them off as you'll stand no chance if they die.

The game holds special memories for me, as it was part of a competition to find the best games player in the country at the time and I got to the finals. I didn't win, but I had a nice day out and got to meet a few minor celebrities.

That aside, it was never quite a classic as, setting aside, the likes of Atic Atac and Sabre Wulf had already done much the same thing better. Still, it's not aged too badly and remains a good bit of fun.