Banjax (Robico) Review | Acorn User - Everygamegoing

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By Robico
BBC Model B

Published in Acorn User #037

Follow the bear

This is a smashing game. An adventure with graphics. It makes like much easier for stumblebums like me because I can at least see where I'm going even if I don't know where it's leading me. i say me, but it's really Banjax the bear who's doing the stuff. Looks very like Rupert with no trousers on, not that I've ever seen Rupert with no trousers on, you understand. It's how I imagine he would look debagged.

Essentially, you have to do the usual thing of collecting together all the bits of treasure and presenting yourself at the appointed place. This isn't as easy as it sounds because you have to follow a certain sequence, which is not vouchsafed to you. There is also a tricky bit at the start which Robico don't tell you about, but they do tell reviewers. Ha ha, power at last!

Robico have used a cut-down screen for the graphics, which are very good if not spectacular. The whole thing is a maze, certain sections of which can only be entered if you have amassed enough points. Thingies are trying to bite your neck while your roam. See, it's got me thinking I'm a bagless bear. I'm not, honest. Am I?

Unlike some text adventures, the maze is logical - i.e. if you go north and then south you finish up where you started, so mapping is fairly easy. An adventurer's notebook is supplied with the program to keep your maps in. Also supplied is a help card to send back to Robico should you get lost. It would be nice to say I didn't need help but I have to confess that I did make a phone call to Robico who, as ever, were kind enough to point me in the right direction.

My sister is lost in the maze but I won't help her. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I enjoyed the game very much and it kept the whole family entertained and bemused for a lot longer than I care to admit. The only moan I can raise is that it's not possible to save your position, but that's a small price to pay. Great stuff.

Rupert, who's Rupert?

Harry Sinclair

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