Sierra's New Silpheed is an Audio/Visual Experience

By John Williams


Owners of the Macintosh and Macintosh II have high standards for their game products. Products must take advantage of the superior resolution of the machine, the mouse must be addressed, and the sound capabilities of the machine must be exploited. For Mac II owners, color is also a must have, and hard disk installation is not just desired, but mandatory.

Sierra, in connection with Game Arts of Japan, has a new product that meets these demands in a way that Mac owners haven't seen before, but they are gonna love.

Silpheed, a hot new arcade action game imported from Japan, addresses the Macintosh owners checklist for what it takes to make a good game. Silpheed's graphics and animation are crisp, smooth, and quick. The game plays well by keyboard or the mouse. The Mac's music capabilities, which have been used in other games but never exploited to their fullest, are put through their paces by the sixteen digitized songs that make up the Silpheed soundtrack. For Mac II owners, the addition of color makes Silpheed truly stand out - the game screen looks just like something out of the arcades. Of course, all owners of hard drives will be able to install Silpheed and set aside their floppies.

Silpheed is the first of a new line of Sierra games that will show a new committment to the Macintosh market. Unlike other Sierra games that have been accused of being "simple rollovers" from less sophisticated machines, Silpheed shows the kind of effort that Mac owners can expect from Sierra in the future, when SCI for Macintosh is completed.

Currently, Silpheed is expected to ship the last week of April for Macintosh computers. If you don't see it on the shelves, ask your dealer.

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