Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Enigma Force'

Rating:5 User: Matt_B

After the success of Shadowfire, it was inevitable that Denton Designs would create a sequel. However, instead of just re-using the same game engine they decided to improve and adapt it to provide something that would also appeal to the action gamers. Four of the original Enigma Team return, the other two presumably having been lost in a crash at the beginning, and your enemy is once again the renegade General Zoff.

Some of the changes are fairly straightforward: Rather than have to hunt through a series of screens to find the icon you wanted, you could just scroll the bottom half of the screen to get to it more quickly. The main difference was that rather than the rather cryptic status display of the original, you get to see the action played out on the screen in front of you. There's even a mind probe icon that allows you to directly control one of the team.

The downside of the mind probe is that it effectively just turns the game into a shoot 'em up allowing casual players to bypass the strategy elements that made Shadowfire so enthralling. Given that the game is also a fair bit smaller and proceeds at a much faster pace, this makes it rather easy to complete in such a fashion. If you can resist the temptation to use it, however, the game offers a much sterner challenge.

All in all, it's not quite what it could have been and in some ways it's lesser to Shadowfire despite all the supposed improvements. However, it's still a great piece of graphical adventuring and the extra attention to detail from Denton Designs, including some memorable music from Fred Gray, just about keeps it in the top drawer.