ONCE upon an eon the descendants of Noah decided to build a tower. This was to be a tower to reach so high that they could communicate with their creator. Well they didn't quite manage that but they did attract the attention of some passing aliens ho took pity on the poor humans and gave them three robots to help finish the job.
Now the time has come for the robots to phone home, but they can only do this from the top of the tower. The jealous humans have laid traps to prevent the robotic "spiders" reaching their objective.
The spiders each have different abilities. The first is the Zapper which can, naturally enough, zap things. This is useful for clearing the way of weapons systems and the occasional zapable obstruction. Next in the team is the Pusher. His powers of repulsion (sounds like Jeff) can push most obstacles out of the way, including the other robots.
Lastly comes the grabber, whose sole aim is to pick up things, mostly Klondikes - the energy pods that the robots need to survive.
The three spiders must work as a team to overcome all the problems and puzzles the treacherous humans have set before them. Other robots in the service of the humans inhabit and inhibit the tower.
Laser cannons and repulsion ray, proximity mines, reflectors, wipers and exchangers are just some of the hostile hardware to be overcome on the quest for the summit.
Control of the spiders is straightforward. Click on the relevant icon to move forwards, left or right. The fire icon will activate the current spider's weapon. Gadgets down the right hand side allow switching between spiders.
Up to eight orders can be programmed in advance and then executed, even if a different spider is in use at the time. In fact all three spiders can run programs simultaneously, eliminating all that hassle of switching between them.
The graphics are nothing stunning, being just you're average 3D surreal cubist landscape stuff, although some of the lighting effects were very nice. It's not a fast action arcade style thing so there isn't much scope for wonderful effects.
Puzzlewise it is quite exceptional. Perhaps akin to the kind of constructional nightmare presented by building a ship-in-
A complete tower construction set is included so when you get bored torturing your hamsters or whatever you can turn your talents to creating a replica of Dante's Inferno for your mates to battle their way through. Definitely one for those who consider themselves cunning.