Cascade 50: Psion Attack

This is one review in a series of reviews where I step through the (50?) games on the Cascade 50 Games Cassette. This classic collection was released in 1983 - the high number of games necessitated very little tape space per game, with "hilarious results". I'm reviewing the games on the BBC B version of the tape - although it appeared on a number of other formats, including the C64 and Spectrum. A lot of the games appeared to be unique to each format.

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 19:29

Judging from the main menu, Psion attack doesn’t know whether it’s called Psion Attack or Zion Attack, but I’m pretty sure it wants to be called Cylon Attack and they changed the name to avoid getting sued, because the one thing that looks like a sprite looks like one of those cylon things from Battlestar Galactica.

Personally, I would have liked it to be called Zion Attack, because that would be topical and potentially edgy, although I suppose now “The Matrix” has poisoned that particular well.

But, oh dear dear dear:

Cascade 50 Psion Attack

I knew there was a problem when the tape load was only six blocks long. The game involves guessing how far away the Ps/Z/C(y/i) lon is from you. If you get the guess wrong, the Ps/Z/C(y/i) lon bad guy gets closer.

Or at least, it’s supposed to, but I don’t think it does. You get a point for each guess. This game would be basic even for a magazine type-in. It probably *was* a magazine type-in at some point, the sort of thing the authors of “100 Simple BASIC Games for your BBC Micro” would have been embarrassed to include.

So, in summary, this is even more classic Cassette 50!