(Opera Soft, 1989)
Reviewed by Javier Sáez
Corsarios is one of the few beat-’em-ups released by Spanish software companies. The first part is a 15th century version of Target; Renegade, where a pirate has to fight his way out of a prison and go a long way to a ship. It’s quite enjoyable, but too difficult for my liking. The second part is a side-view platform game in which you have to rescue a girl before she is executed. This part is less interesting at first, but it’s easier, and so you’ll enjoy it for longer than the first one. And that’s all; good graphics and sound, and an interesting game.
Watch YouTube videos of this game by: jgonza (part 1), jgonza (part 2).
(Opera Soft, 1986)
Mike Bronco has been hired by the mayor of Chicago to clean up the city and rid it of the gangsters who have been terrorising it for years. The game is set in the 1920s, and as Mike Bronco, you must search nearly 100 screens to locate and kill five gangster chiefs – but their henchmen are out to get you as well! Shooting the henchmen will leave behind boxes of ammunition which you must collect, as your own supply is limited. You will probably also need to make a map, as it is easy to become lost in the city. The graphics and sound effects have a cartoon-like quality to them, and while there are some annoying niggles (such as losing more than one life in quick succession due to bombs or enemies not being erased from the screen), it isn’t a bad game overall and it will provide some enjoyment.
Watch a YouTube video of this game by: Xyphoe.
Rebels have sabotaged a mining base on one of Jupiter’s moons and placed twelve pumps around the base, which will destroy it completely. This is a job for the Cosmic Sheriff – you! You must find the pumps on each of the three levels by firing at locks. Each lock displays a number, which decreases when you shoot it; if you do this continuously, you will destroy it – but not all of the locks contain pumps. Of course, the base is filled with rebels, monsters and tanks who will shoot at you if you’re not quick enough! This is a great target shooting game with excellent graphics, as one would expect from Dinamic, although there are very few sound effects and they’re mediocre anyway. It’s a simple yet challenging game, and thankfully it’s not too difficult.
Cosmic Shock Absorber
Strap yourself into your CZ Neutrozapper space fighter and prepare to travel through the many dimensions of the universe in order to save it. There are two rather worrying problems, though; the fighter is in need of repair, and you forgot to bring the servicing manual with you! This is a basic 3D shoot-’em-up; blast some aliens, then go to the next level. To make things slightly more interesting (but only slightly), every so often, your fighter will suffer damage, and you must repair it by replacing components on a circuit board within a time limit; if you run out of time, the ship explodes. There are no power-ups to collect, the frame rate is slow, and blasting alien after alien soon becomes very dull – and it doesn’t help that the game itself crashes after a few levels.
Ted Blewitt is going on holiday to Spain, but all his luggage has been stolen, so he must find his credit card and buy all of it back, and take and develop 36 photographs to prove to the staff at the Chip Factory that he really was away in Spain. You might remember Ted from his previous outing in Technician Ted. Well, this sequel looks and feels very similar indeed, although you can pick up and drop objects, and get drunk as well, which can sometimes prove useful... The graphics are still primitive and haven’t been improved at all, the music is very annoying indeed, and the difficulty level is again much too high – and you can easily lose all your lives if you jump to another screen incorrectly. This is a game to avoid.
See also: Technician Ted.
(Alternative Software, 1989)
Reviewed by John Beckett
Anyone who’s played the travesty that is Count Duckula 2 will wince in fear at the prospect of another Count Duckula game. But thankfully, its predecessor is not quite as awful! Based on an episode of the dire cartoon series, the aim is to wander around a huge pyramid, find keys to unlock doors, solve basic puzzles and get the magical saxophone at the pyramid’s peak, which can transport Duckula back to his castle – all within a pretty tight time limit. I said this wasn’t as bad as Count Duckula 2, but it’s still pretty bad – the graphics, though detailed, are boring and bland, and the sound... well, the hilariously bad rendition of the show’s theme tune says it all! Too ‘mazey’ and too dull; avoid.
See also: Count Duckula 2.
Count Duckula 2
(Alternative Software, 1992)
How could something like this ever have been released as late as 1992? To say this game is rubbish is scratching the surface. It’s an absolute insult to my intelligence; I thought it was written in BASIC! It’s a slow and crushingly boring platform game with awful graphics and animation, poor collision detection and ping-ping sound effects, and the tomato gun that Count Duckula is armed with is useless. The tune is the only thing that’s worth talking about. If you want to see an even funnier review of this game, you should look at Amstrad Action’s review, where they gave it 3%.
See also: Count Duckula.
Watch a YouTube video of this game by: ChinnyVision.
This is based on the well-known TV quiz show that has been running on Channel 4 since the early 1980s. There are nine rounds in the game, which consist of three types – the anagram game where you attempt to make the longest word from nine letters; the number game where six numbers are picked and you have to use them to calculate another number chosen at random; and the final round, the conundrum, which is an anagram of a nine-letter word. You can play either against a friend or the computer, but it’s no fun at all (you can cheat at the anagram game), especially since there are hardly any graphics to speak of, and the rendition of the theme tune at the start of the game is awful!
(Sterling Software, 1984)
Reviewed by John Beckett
Country Cottages is a pretty simplistic strategy game where you and another player must buy, improve and lease out country homes until one of you is the first to reach a predetermined level of profit and so is declared the winner. It’s about as interesting as it sounds. Apart from occasional still shots of your cottage – created using ‘revolutionary’ Landscape Creation technology (whatever that is) – the entire game is just boring facts and figures. And even if you’re into that kind of thing, the game itself is too simplistic and shallow to offer any real challenge or depth. And so, as a result, it ends up pleasing nobody. To its credit, it’s an original concept, but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about it.
You are the last survivor of your race, and deep within a labyrinthine subterranean complex there are 64 pieces of a parchment, known as the covenant, that will enable you to repopulate your planet. In each of the 64 sections of the complex, you must find an anaesthetic and then stun and collect all the creatures that live within it. Once you’ve done that, you need to obtain a key to open the chest that contains a piece of the covenant, which then opens passageways to enable you to go to new sections. The graphics are colourful but rather chunky, and the sound effects are nothing special. The major problem is that you only have one life, and your energy drains very quickly – and some of the energy points actually drain your energy instead of restore it! This is an extremely frustrating game to play and most players will quickly give up and play something else instead.