Computer Gamer

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes

Publisher: Global
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Computer Gamer #14

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes

Global Software have tied up a deal that lets them produce games based on some of the world's worst films. Now some might say that this can ony end up with them producing some of the world's worst games, but fortunately this hasn't turned out to be quite the golden turkey that the title might imply.

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes uses the now tried and tested Ultimate-style of graphics to depict the adventures of one Wimp Plasbott as he takes on the massed (or messed?) ranks of hordes of deadly tomatoes in a quest to secure a supply of tomato puree that is needed to keep his pizza parlour in operation. To do this, he must venture into a factory that looks not unlike the planet in Gargoyle's Sweevo games, except that, instead of deadly fruit Wimp has to avoid tomatoes (actually, if I remember rightly, tomatoes are fruit).

But instead of killing him these tomatoes just deduct ten minutes from the time that Wimp has in which to collect the tomatoes he needs, for Wimp can only remain in the factory during office hours and there's a clock ticking away that shows how much time is left. In these short hours, Wimp not only has to avoid all the obstacles and traps lying in wait for him but also to eliminate the number of tomatoes that are wandering around some of the rooms, and capture the bouncing tomatoes which he can take back to be turned into pulp for this pizzas.

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes

Of course, there are one ot two other problems to keep you occuied, such as the need to find objects which you're going to need to help you complete the game, and to keep topping up your sauce bottle before it runs out and leaves poor Wimp drained of "resauces".

As I mentioned, the style of graphics should be familiar to just about everyone by now, although I don't think the animation is quite as smooth as it has been in one or two games with a similar graphics and the obstacles, though very difficult to get past on some places, aren't as varied as there were more sprites that didn't look like tomatoes or sauce bottles).

Somehow, despite the slick graphics and whacky scenario this didn't really prove to be as great a "sauce" of interest as I'd hoped. Still, with Wild Women of Wonga on the way, Global have still got another ace to play. May the "sauce" be with you.