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Vixen

(Martech, 1988)

Vixen is the only surviving human on the planet of Granath – a planet where giant dinosaurs still roam. As Vixen, you must wander the planet, killing all the monsters with a crack of your whip and leaping from platform to platform. Gems can be collected for bonus points, and you can also collect fox heads. When you collect enough of these, the next time you reach your lair, you are transformed into a fox and enter a bonus stage where you collect more gems. The cover of this game caused a lot of controversy, because it featured the snarling Page 3 model Corinne Russell in the guise of Vixen. She doesn't feature in the game, though, which is a very average platform game with nothing that makes it stand out from any other platform game.

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Viz

(Virgin, 1991)

The computer game based on the profanity-laden comic sees three characters from the comic – Biffa Bacon, Johnny Fartpants and Buster Gonad – racing in the Fulchester fun run, with Roger Mellie (the man on the telly) providing the commentary. The race consists of five levels, and you must win each level if you want to go to the next one. Before each level, there is a sub-game where you can earn tokens which allow you to use special powers in the race. However, winning is extremely difficult, since any contact with obstacles or the other characters severely harms your chances. Your opponents are also suddenly able to overtake you if you go too far ahead of them! The graphics aren't bad, and the music is fairly good, but the novelty of the swearing soon wears off to leave a very poor game.

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Volley Ball

(Chip, 1987)

Play a game of volleyball with another player or against the computer. You can only score points when you are serving, and the first team to reach 15 points wins the game. First impressions are good, with a nice little tune and colourful, well drawn graphics (although both teams wear the same colours). However, it's a frustrating game to actually play. The players can't move diagonally, and when you are trying to bounce the ball, it's difficult to judge where it is going to land, and worst of all, the computer becomes very confused as to which player you should control. The result is that the computer is far superior to you and always wins. It's slow as well, and it's not a game you'll stick with for long.

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Voo Doo Rage

(Artic, 1986)

Reviewed by Greig McGregor

My memories of this game are vague, but if I remember correctly, it was nearly impossible. You had to make your way from top to bottom, jump over floating monsters, obtain a rolling pin, then catch your friend playing his computer. The big sting in the tail was that if you catch him too early, he kills you, and if you catch him too late, he kills you. It's probably the most unforgiving early CPC release. It's the usual bland platform fare with the usual mix of monsters, and the sound, while basic, works OK. I could never get off the first level, though.

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