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Around The World In 40 Screens
By Superior/Acornsoft
BBC B/B+/Master 128

Published in The Micro User 5.06

Since the very successful launch of Repton3, Superior has been inundated with letters asking when it would release a new set of screens.

Well, it is my pleasure to announce that they are here, entitled Around the World In 40 Screens, consisting of five files, each containing eight mind-bending screens.

Not only do you get 40 new screens, there is also a copy of Repton 3 and its own screen editor.

Around The World In 40 Screens

As the title suggests, each of the five files is based around a different country or environment. The characters all retain their original characteristics: Boulders fall, eggs hatch and monsters chase. But every one of them has been redefined to match its surroundings.

Repton's voyage begins in America: "Clint" Repton has to clear the maze of hamburgers inside the time limit. The boulders have been replaced by wagon wheels, the monsters are now Red Indians and the spirits have changed into bandits who must belured into jail.

The remaining four files are set in the Arctic, Orient, the ocean depths and darkest Africa. A great deal of time and effort has gone into creating not only a graphical treat, but a series of puzzles that are just as testing as the first collection.

Around The World In 40 Screens

In the original Repton 3 you had the opportunity to load a new series of screens if you grew bored with the first set, but you were still playing with the same old characters. By using a new character-set with each group of screens your attention is held for much longer - it's now far easier to hold the eyelids up at three in the morning.

Unfortunately the vastly different character sets cause a few problems when playing a screen for the first time. When you don't know which character is safe to touch you invariably lose a few lives. The inlay card provides a complete list of the new characters, but I found it easier to spend the first game on each new file just blundering into objects and taking note of the results.

The inherent expandability of Repton 3 has been exploited to the full by Superior. If it continues to release extensions such as this one, our little green-skinned buddy could be around for many a year to come.

Jon Revis

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