Born in 1984
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- FormatVideo and Arcade
Look out it's a building! Look out it's a pylon! Look out it's a... Thing! As far as reviews go, that pretty much sums up Tornado Low Level (or T.L.L as his friends call him).
It's awesome. Totally awesome. the clock and you had to land at an airstrip to refuel.Matthew Romano
You play the part of a mega cool fighter jet and your mission is to fly at extremely low levels and take care of business whilst avoiding various low level obstacles that pop up at increasingly difficult intervals.
One of the things that struck me most about T.L.L. was as far as I could remember, it was the first time I had ever seen some sort of 3D graphic without having to wear those pesky red & green glasses. As you're screaming along as the little fighter jet that could, there's a wonderful little shadow below which accompanies you along your merry way.
Back in 1984, that was seriously cool. Another cool feature (I know I'm using the word 'cool' a bit too much but it's fitting) was how the game sounded. There was an engine-like low hum whenever you were in flight and it was a joy to listen to. Even when spending an eternity circling one of the games many targets before actually hitting it. It should've been annoying. But it just wasn't. Another great feature was the map.
It stood in the top right hand corner of the screen and all you had to do was keep a keen eye out for little dots and fly towards them before getting your altitude just right so you could hit one and watch the edges of the screen flash a devilishly satisfying red colour. You could refuel. You had to fly against the clock and you had to land at an airstrip to refuel. How much more realism do you want? You even get a snazzy little explosion whenever you connect with a building or other obstruction. All in all, this has to be one of the defining games of the speccy and one that continues to endure even now. Just watch out for those pesky pylons.
Review by Matthew Romano - @baldandboring
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