QAD is a disappointing 3D action flop from Cranberry Source, a small UK company formed by Jon Ritman, famous designer of several Spectrum computer classics including Head over Heels and Match Day. |
The wacky name and premise seem to be the best thing about QAD. Your job is to rescue the people from 10 different types of aliens, while launching a counter-attacks against the invaders. The game is essentially a 3D shooter, with smooth graphics and decent gameplay options, including a radar, dozens of weapons, and interesting ground structures and ship designs. Unfortunately, the gameplay gets repetitive and tedious quite fast. Despite the change in terrain and enemy types, QAD is essentially a shoot-everyone-in-sight game, rinse, rise, and repeat -- without anything to keep the game fresh and fun. Not surprisingly, the game didn't do well in the market -- not enough to fund a timely release of Super Match Soccer, a long-awaited sequel to Match Day series (which is still under development, by the way, according to Cranberry's website). An average underdog to say the least.
Reviewed by: Underdogs