Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Nightshade'

Rating:3 User: Matt_B

After wowing us with the first couple of Filmation games, Ultimate developed a follow-on engine called, imaginatively enough, Filmation 2. Where Knight Lore and Alien 8 were essentially a collection of single room puzzles, this allowed for a large multiway scrolling maze and even a bit of colour in the backgrounds.

However, the price for this was that it had essentially lost the puzzle element of the earlier games. Rather, all you could do in Nightshade was wander around an absolutely enormous maze, pick up weapons and shoot at things. Once the novelty of the graphics has worn off, this becomes decidedly tedious and the game just becomes a map traversing exercise.

A bit of a backward step for Ultimate in terms of gameplay, despite some innovative graphics.