Ikari Warriors is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up developed by SNK for the arcades in 1986. The game was converted in 1987 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and Amiga by Elite. Equipped with a machine gun and a limited supply of grenades, you must fight your way home from deep inside guerilla territory!
Your plane crashed in jungle many miles away from your headquarters. You begin as one of the two available survived commandos either Ralf or Clark (you can also play in 2-player mode) and the main task is to fight through the Ikari Village and kill every enemy on your way (soldiers, tanks, cannons etc). Apart of your main weapon (a machine gun) you have a limited supply of hand-grenades too. Grenades can be easily found by destroying enemy sites (barracks etc). Apart from being on-foot, you can also ride a tank and bomb everything at sight. Tanks are immune to soldiers' bullets but not to mines or cannons. Note that Tank's fuel is limited but fortunately you may easily find extra fuel along your way. It's quite interesting that if your Tank is being shot (by a hand-grenade or a missile or by enemy Tank), you have a few seconds (about 3 or so) to leave it and run away before it explodes! Ikari Warriors is a unique for its era bottom-up arcade shooter and many games resembled its gameplay in the later years. It was SNK's attempt to out-gun Capcom's Commando arcade- title which plays similar but with much fewer features (such as the use of a Tank).
The ZX Spectrum capabilities would allow here only 4-6 colors on screen, which make the version lack the quality of C64 and CPC. The games plays smooth though and offers most of the graphics details found particularly in the CPC port. Sound is typical here, with a few sound FX such as gun firing and explosions.
CPU: Z80 @ 3.5 MHz MEMORY: 16 KB / 48 KB / 128 KB GRAPHICS: Video output is through an RF modulator and was designed for use with contemporary portable television sets, for a simple colour graphic display. Features a palette of 15 shades: seven colours at two levels of brightness each, plus black. The image resolution is 256x192 with the same colour limitations. SOUND: Early models (48k) had sound output through a beeper on the machine itself. This is capable of producing one channel with 10 octaves. Late models (128k) fetured a three-channel audio via the AY-3-8912 chip, MIDI compatibility