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JadeDragon's reviews and playing tips: Palm OS games

Zap!2000, by Astraware $14.95
Reviewed March 2002

If you are as big a fan of Raiden as I am, then you are in for a treat. Zap!2000, developed by Astraware is like Raiden on a handheld! It's basically a flight-shooter game where you fly fighter ships in a galaxy or ocean and shoot as many incoming enemies and dangerous objects as you can to stay alive. There are 7 levels with a tough boss in each level and countless enemies, though you will have to be very good at it to see the last bosses.

Playing Hint and Tips

Keep Moving. The enemies all have patterns when they come at you. Your first priority is to move your butt out of their way. You don't have to shoot all the enemies, but you do have to conserve your limited number of lives. It's very important to keep moving while you are fighting the bosses. Stand still and you're toast.

Here are a few cheat codes that will get you through the end of the game. While game is running, write "x" in the graffiti area, then write: "i" for infinite lives, "l" to advance to the next level, "p" to get one extra power-up, "v" to increase your defense longer. Who says there is no Game Shark for the Palm?

"You can increase you Nuke-power. The Code is alpha-x-p. In the grafitti area just enter - 'á' (mirror image of 'x') then 'x' and then 'p' and voila - u have nukes." This hint was submitted by Tariq Joseph Stephen.

Zap!2000 screen shot

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics The colors and shapes are very sharp. The blasting effects are very realistic. The only thing that bothered me was the trails of the fast moving objects which were a little distracting.
Sound Flawless and realistic.
Fun Meter Super- fun! You'll test your eye-hand coordination to the max. The waves of enemies are coming at you at an overwhelming speed. Trust me, you won't get bored! The controls of the game are very responsive, and you can re-config all the buttons to your liking.
Addictivity Veteran gamers will enjoy a challenging game. But if you're new to the game, you might not make to the end of all 7 levels. But if you're finding it too hard, try our cheat codes!



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