Wreckers is a fun isometric action/adventure game that features innovative multiple-level map, the ability to choose multiple characters to control, and fun gadgets to find and use. The game starts on a spaceship, where your peaceful cryogenic sleep is rudely interrupted by an awful alarm sound that signals invasion by alien lifeforms. (fans of the Aliens movie series will be right at home here). |
Wreckers succeeds on many levels. First, the blend of action and adventure is well executed (although it emphasizes more on action than on puzzle-solving). Denton Designs has certainly come a long way from their unique but frustrating Eye of Horus. Action takes place both indoors and outdoors, where your character wears a spacesuit and jetpack. The game's automap is excellent, as it shows not only all 3 characters, but also location of lifts and other important items. Running into various viewscreens and monitors often trigger clues or information you can interact with. The three characters you can choose from have different traits-- Kight, who has lower stamina than others but higher morale, is less likely to run away from monsters, but he also gets more damage from hits. Overall, Wreckers is a great science fiction mystery with enough twists and surprises to keep you glued to the screen. Two thumbs up!
Note: The manual link below is the PDF version of the excellent novella by Rupert Goodwins that came with the game, converted by me from the great HTML version typed in by Jeremy Smith. Visit his Retro Reading website for more great game-related novella.
Reviewed by: Underdogs