Not to be confused with a game of the same name for Spectrum/Commodore 64 computers (for a remake of that, see Deflektor on this site), Deflector is a fun and quite original 2-4 player hotseat multiplayer game that combines elements of action and strategy. Your job is basically to make a pattern of mirrors to take out the enemies' reactors. You do this by turning various mirrors and using prisms to deflect the laser beam on the targets. |
Each player has his/her cannon and shield generators somewhere on the screen. The game is turn-based, with a time limit: you have approximately 30 seconds per turn to make modifications to the mirror/prism setup. In addition to standard mirrors and prisms, you can also make use of teleporters, which teleport the beams, and scatterers, which split a beam into three separate parts. There are also "emergency mirrors" you can place anywhere you want on the screen, but you must think carefully because you have only a limited number of these special items, and it takes a few turns to place one. Once you are ready or your time runs out, everyone's cannons will fire simultaneously on the screen.
With a unique combination of strategy and action, Deflector is an ideal game for when you want a fun hotseat-only game that requires more brains than reflexes. Highly recommended, although a single-player mode would have been a big plus.
Reviewed by: Underdogs