Highway Encounter: ZX Spectrum


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The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd, which sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide. More than 10,000 games were released for the ZX Spectrum.

Highway Encounter for the ZX Spectrum (one of fewer than 200 ZX Spectrum games being re-released as a Windows 8 app) is one of THE defining games of the 1980s.

The Highway Encounter: ZX Spectrum app is the near-100% original ZX Spectrum game, as developed by Costa Panayi and published by Vortex Software in 1985 and is brought to you - as an officially licenced product - utilizing our ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD technology.

About Highway Encounter: Highway Encounter is a strategy/action game played from a 3D isometric perspective in which you must successfully chaperone a bomb along a long, straight stretch of highway and into the alien base at the end of it. There are thirty screens to pass through and most are filled with hazards that threaten to block your progress (such as barrels) or destroy you (aliens and explosive mines). Players control a robotic "Vorton" (resembling a dalek from Doctor Who) and one of the things that provides Highway Encounter with its unique appeal is that the bomb is constantly being pushed onwards by your extra lives - four more Vortons, who accompany you along the highway. A key strategic element to the game is for the player character to travel several screens ahead of the bomb to clear a safe path for it; normally this would be done by temporarily blocking the bomb's forward motion. However, if the bomb is left in an unsafe location, it is possible for all your extra lives to be lost without the player character being destroyed once. Once all spare lives are lost, the player character must manually push the bomb. There is also an unfinished and officially unreleased, but available to download version for Atari ST made by Mark Haigh-Hutchinson and graphics by Costa Panayi, from 1990. The Spectrum version of the game was voted number 40 in the Your Sinclair Official Top 100 Games of All Time. The game was unofficially ported to Sharp MZ-800 by Ladinek Software. Highway Encounter was followed by a sequel, Alien Highway in 1986.

About Elite®: Elite Systems Ltd was incorporated in England in 1984.
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Highway Encounter: ZX Spectrum

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If you liked Highway Encounter and Alien Highway: Encounter 2 please consider up-voting this title on Steam Greenlight: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=890556613 It's not a remake but the general idea is similar to that in Alien Highway.
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