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Full titleSOS
Year of release1984
PublisherVisions Software Factory Ltd (UK)
Re-released byS de Soft (Spain)
Author(s)Viper Software (Simon Ffinch)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
ControlsKempston, Interface 2 and Keyboard
TypeArcade: Action
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£5.95
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeNone
Additional infoAppeared on tape 2, side A of the compilation 20 Game Pack (Comet)
Appeared on tape 8, side B of the compilation Games Compendium (Sinclair Research Ltd)
Appeared on side B of the compilation Pipeline + SOS (Consolidated Software Marketing Ltd)
RemarksSimon recalls: "95% of this was hand assembled on paper first and then entered into memory byte by byte, including all of the graphics. At the time I was writing this there were virtually no tools for the Spectrum let alone an assembler.
Just before it was about to go for duplication and was being tested I was asked to move the initial setup of ships as people found it was too hard at one point. Due to the way this then affected levels further in the game this actually ended up making the game very much harder further in which I found annoying. So the version that was released on the flip side of Pipeline actually had the original configuration and was overall a better experience. - The Directors cut if you will."
Score 7.40 (10 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator SOS.tzx.zip19,176(Perfect TZX tape image)Original releaseVS-11-481984
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator SOS.tap.zip22,260((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1984
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator SOS(SdeSoft).tzx.zip19,251(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseVITX1001M-8340-19851985

Additional material
SOS.gif4,376(Loading screen)
SOS.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
SOS.gif1,846(In-game screen)
SOS(SdeSoft).pdf42,106(Spanish instructions)
SOS(SdeSoft).txt3,810(Spanish instructions)
SOS(Viper).txt889(English instructions)
SOS(Viper).jpg14,403(Cassette inlay)
SOS(Visions).jpg65,885(Cassette inlay)
SOS(SdeSoft).jpg115,451(Re-release cassette inlay)

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