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updated 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

GAMES

David Wolf: Secret Agent

The graphics of this James Bond-ish computer game are vivid and detailed, and it's a challenge to play. The game mixes five arcade-action sequences into a story that uses computer photographs featuring the main characters: the hero, a luscious scientist in distress and a villain who threatens to blow up the White House if his extortion demands aren't met. The dialogue is appropriately sardonic. After a technology expert's briefing on a hang glider equipped with radar machine guns, Wolf asks, "No wet bar?"

There is no "save game" feature, but a pop-up menu allows you to choose your starting point. The game has its slow moments. If it isn't loaded onto a hard disc, a number of changes are necessary. If you lose, it takes almost a dozen changes just to see the White House go up in a mushroom cloud.

The jazzy graphics make up for a lot of shortcomings, though. The action sequences—you battle bad guys while driving a weapons-laden sports car, for instance—are tough to master. There's also a mystery villain, C2, shown only in silhouette, who is a mole inside Wolfs headquarters. The reviewer's code forbids revealing the real identity of C2. So does the reviewer's inability to figure it out. (Dynamix, $49.95)

("It's a good game but a hard game." —Thad Novak, 10)

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