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M.A.S.K. Video Game Review In 1987 Amstrad Action Magazine

In 1987, Gremlin Graphics released a computer video game based on the M.A.S.K. animated series. It was a UK exclusive made available for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and ZX Spectrum platforms. The M.A.S.K. game which "put your skills to the test against possibly the greatest master criminal in the world" was actually well received by gaming critics and led to two sequels.

The premise of the game according to Moby Games follows Matt Trakker driving Thunder Hawk in the game area, avoiding V.E.N.O.M.'s armored vehicles and tanks while accomplishing tasks in a specific order. His first task near Boulder Hill is to recover his own mask and later, an abducted agent. However, it's not just a case of driving around until the agent is found. Matt must first collect a scanner to direct him to the missing agent which will only function when four pieces of the security key have been collected and assembled. Items are collected by driving over them which include bombs, Matt's only weapon against V.E.N.O.M.'s vehicles which can also damage Thunder Hawk if he's too close to the explosion. The other three areas include Prehistoric, Far Future, and V.E.N.O.M. Base, each having two abducted agents to rescue.

M.A.S.K. received high marks from several gaming magazines including 77 from ASM, 80 from Computer and Video Games, and 87 from Advanced Computer Entertainment, It also received an 86 in Amstrad Action and the complete review is posted below. You can also watch a longplay and review on YouTube or if you want to experience the game first hand, check out the emulator on

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