Those Ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about mythology didn't they? All those monsters and mutants leaping about chopping each other into little pieces. Brilliant.
And of course, ruling over all the monsters and mutants was Satan. Except he wasn't, 'cos the Greeks didn't believe in Satan. They had enough trouble from all the grouchy gods up on Olympus, never mind having to put up with Ol' Nick.
Still, whether they believed in him or not, for the purposes of this game Satan does exist. And what's more, he's taken over the world. Gasp. Yes, Satan has taken over the four planes of existence and posted tons of his smeggy minions in them to keep it that way. Looks like a job for one of those lone hero types.
Luckily, Greek mythology is bursting at the seams with lone hero types so it's pretty hard to moan about how only one bloke has been sent to do an army's job. That's the way the Ancient Greek did things you see. Something to do with honour I suppose.
Personally, I'd rather just "send in the boys" than hack and slash my way through countless demons and spooks, but then I'm a bit useless at things like that. Perseus on the other hand, is great at the old hacking and slashing, so it's time that you control.
The game is similar to Thunder Jaws, also reviewed in this issue, in that the levels alternate between a traditional scrolling shoot-'em-up and a ground-
As you fly through the first level, astride Pegasus, the enemy zoom in to attack in fairly predictable patterns but their sheer volume prevents it becoming too easy. You fight back with fire
The graphics are very scrumptious indeed, with plenty of colour, lightning flashes, bucket loads of parallax scrolling and some incredible animation on Peggy himself. As the levels progress, the background graphics become more and more dazzling, right up to the swirling flames of Hell.
The sound is well suited to the game, as thunder punctuates the explosions and "zap" effects. It all adds up to a pretty impressive introduction ot the game.
Once you've flown around for a bit, Pegasus dumps you on the ground and bogs off for a bit. This leads into what we in the business call the "walking around levels". The "walking around levels" are just as impressive as the flying bits.
Perseus leaps and chops away at all manner of bogus beasties, ranging from scorpions to killer turkeys, with all the enthusiasm of an NME reader with a hammer in a room of MC Hammer records.
Every now and then you'll come across something bigger, like a massive, drooling, blood encrusted hell hound. As you can probably understand, these fellas take a right pasting before they sod off. Along the way you'll also discover secret levels full of lovely diamonds, and paths under and over the various hazards that face you.
So, it's a scrolling shoot-'em-up, it's pretty good, and, er, that's it. On balance I'd say that Pegasus has the edge over Thunder Jaws for two reasons. One, it's a lot nicer to look at and the graphics have obviously had a lot of work put into them and two, it's that little bit faster and smoother which in turn makes it a smidgeon more playable.
If you're thinking of buying a shoot-