Tornado Low Level

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Tornado Low Level
Developer(s) Costa Panayi
Publisher(s) Vortex Software
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC
Release 1984
Genre(s) Arcade
Mode(s) Single-player

Tornado Low Level (also known as T.L.L.) is a game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC computers, and released by Vortex Software in 1984. It was written by Costa Panayi who also coded Android, Android 2, Highway Encounter, Cyclone and Revolution.


The player controls a Tornado fighter jet and must manoeuvre the plane at low altitude in order to destroy 'targets' on the landscape by flying very low over them at high speed, while avoiding pylons, bridges, and other structures. As the level progress, the targets are placed in more difficult positions e.g. closer to buildings and on the water in narrow gulleys.

Each level had a time limit, and the Tornado had a limited fuel supply. Landing on the airfield would refuel the aircraft. The Tornado had two speeds - the high speed was necessary to destroy the targets, but used fuel at a much greater rate. At high speeds the plane's wings "sweep back". An interesting feature of the game was the 3D view, which included a shadow of the plane on the ground.

The game was voted number 10 in the Your Sinclair Official Top 100 Games of All Time.[1]

Panayi’s later game, Cyclone featured a similar graphical style of play.


  1. ^ "YS Top 100 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. September 1993. 

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