(Sebastian Braunert/Uwe Geiken, 2018)
Reviewed by Missas
Good old Moritz, the best dog in the world, is in the pet clinic. He gets lots of pills and injections. As a result he has illusions and strange dreams: hunting for bones, being hunted himself by crazy postmen, bloodsucking vampires, etc. When he has collected all the bones, he has to meet ‘The Doctor’ in the TARDIS. Will Moritz find his way out and enjoy a happy end? This is an old-styled arcade game in the style of Roland in Time and Manic Miner. You take control of Moritz and your objective is to gather bones so that the TARDIS opens and you can go to the next screen. The graphics are basic but colourful and the atmosphere greatly resembles the pre-1984 gaming era. The levels are imaginatively designed and the gameplay is really interesting. Overall, it’s a pleasant game which offers enjoyment and the original feeling of old-styled arcades!
This is a marvellous puzzle game where you piece together random sections of pipes on a board to allow the slime to flow through it. If it doesn’t flow through enough sections on each level, the game is over! There are also bonus levels where instead of placing pipes on a board, you drop them from the sky, Tetris-style. The graphics do their job – they don’t have to be awesome for this type of game – but there’s no music and few sound effects. Even so, this is a great game which is made even better by a password for every five levels so you don’t have to go through the earlier levels every time.
Fancy being a pirate in the 16th and 17th centuries, sailing across the Spanish Main? This all-time classic sees you as either an English, French, Dutch or Spanish adventurer, captaining a ship and sailing to and from towns, trying to earn prestige by capturing and plundering enemy ships and towns. You also have to visit taverns to recruit men for your voyages, and you can trade goods with local merchants as well. During the course of your travels, you may also find members of your family and uncover lost treasure! Although it can be rather slow at times, this is a truly awesome game which gives you total freedom to do whatever you want. Being a pirate has never been so much fun, and I cannot do this game justice in such a small space. You really must try it out for yourself!
An army led by the Cadwaladwr brothers has invaded the headquarters of RBA and taken the staff hostage, and you must single-handedly rescue as many of them as you can from each building. There are two types of staff – the glamorous secretaries, and the chiefs, who carry briefcases containing important documents. Once you’ve located a hostage, you must guide them to the exit. You only need to rescue one chief in order to progress to the next building, although rescuing additional staff earns more points. Of course, you must also dodge the Cadwaladwr brother’s gun-toting followers. This game is frustrating to play. Its random nature means that you can’t tell if the next hostage to appear will be a chief or a secretary, and it’s often hard to distinguish bullets from the background.
Pit-fighting is an illegal ‘sport’ where two burly men fight each other to the death. There are eight contestants you must face, and you can choose from one of three fighters – Buzz, an ex-pro-wrestler; Ty, a kick boxer; and Kato, a karate expert. I’m not into beat-’em-ups, though, and this is certainly one of the worst ones that I’ve seen, with awful, blocky, Spectrum-like graphics and slow, jerky scrolling. It’s far too easy as well – that is, if you can be bothered to slog it out. In short, it’s the pits (groan)!
Reviewed by Missas
This is a Picross puzzle-solving game in which the player needs to fill nonograms which consist of a grid, with numbers on the sides of the grid detailing how many squares need to be filled in that row or column. The graphics are basic with only four colours used, and the sound is just a beep. The grab factor depends on whether you love or hate this style of game. Before playing it, you need to consider only one thing: do you like solving Picross puzzles? If your answer is yes, load the game and you will enjoy it. If your answer is no, read this review and try the game at least once!
(Paxman Promotions, 1985)
You are stranded on an alien planet, and you must locate your spaceship, which has been captured and disabled. Also known as Adventure ‘A’, this is the first in a series of eight text adventures that were originally released for the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum between 1981 and 1985. The fact that it made its debut on the ZX81 gives you a large hint that it’s extremely basic and unsophisticated. The plot is unoriginal, there are few locations, the parser is very limited, and there aren’t many puzzles to solve. Even the text is displayed entirely in capital letters and without apostrophes – a throwback to the ZX81’s very limited character set. It feels like a type-in listing from a magazine, and I can’t understand why anyone considered it a good idea to convert it to the CPC.
See also: Inca Curse.
You’re a lowly Ensign Seventh Class on board the Stellar Patrol Ship Feinstein, when the ship is torn apart by an explosion. You escape to a nearby planet, and end up in a deserted complex. As you explore your surroundings, you eventually learn that all its inhabitants died from a nasty disease – and now you’re infected as well, and must find a way of curing it. This is a thoroughly engrossing text adventure, which features the adorable robot Floyd, who becomes your companion through much of the game. The constant need to obtain food can be a bit irritating, and you’ll need a lot of access cards to explore several areas of the complex, but the scenario is fascinating and the game is suitable for inexperienced adventurers.
See also: Stationfall.
A colony that was established on the planet of Laughton 2 now lies deserted, and it has since been occupied by alien forces. You are Captain Ford, a space pilot who has been sent to the former colony to see what has happened, and to shoot the aliens. It’s a horizontally scrolling space shoot-’em-up, and my goodness, it is bad! There is only one level, and no power-ups whatsoever to collect. But the worst aspect of the game is the amount of flickering that occurs; I don’t think I have seen a game with such horrible flickering. The scrolling is very slow as well. It’s a badly programmed game and there’s nothing to recommend about it.
You are a zombie who has to traverse a series of platforms and make his way back to his own world. You have to be careful not to fall off the edge or into any of the chasms, otherwise you’ll lose one of your three lives. There are also monsters that will drain your energy, although you can collect weapons and destroy them. Despite the name, this is not really a platform game, even if it contains many of the elements of the genre. The graphics are colourful if unspectacular, but negotiating each screen is quite tricky. Movement around the platform is quite restricted, and one false move will see you plummet to your doom, so nearly the entire game is spent repeatedly moving around in small steps, which ruins the flow and makes it a chore to play. The music is quite good and worth listening to, though.