Saboteur 2 is a fun beat 'em up game from Durell, a sequel to the first Saboteur which was released only on non-PC 8-bit systems including the ZX Spectrum. You play a mercenary "Saboteur Ninja" who must finish different missions inside an enemy fortress. The diversity of missions is the best part of the game – they range from retrieving a document, to assassinations, to disabling a space shuttle, also with ones that require frontal attacks thrown in. |
As the name implies, stealth is key to success in most missions. This means you won't be facing an onslaught of enemies, but the ones you do face are quite difficult to beat. Enemy ninjas always show up to ruin your day, and trained animals like tigers can make your job much more difficult. There's a wide range of weapons you can find and use in the game (why Ninjas in these games have to find weapons as opposed to come prepared always puzzles me – oh well, best not to ruin any suspension of disbelief ;)) The controls are not very intuitive and the animations not as fluid as Jordan Mechner's early classic Karateka, but they are adequate by 1987 standards. If you like beat 'em ups, Saboteur 2 will surprise you with its wonderful range of missions and innovative focus on stealth. Thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs