Home Computing Weekly

Brawn Free!

Author: D.M.
Publisher: Nemesis
Machine: Amstrad CPC464

Published in Home Computing Weekly #106

You might be forgiven for thinking that this had something to do with lions. It hasn't, but as no instructions were sent, I had to wait to find out that this is an all-text adventure, written in BASIC I suspect, which casts you as a none too bright relative of a Rochdale educated cavalry officer in the old West, with the task of finding a bottle of patent medicine for your granny!

Three on-screen windows give you descriptions, ask for instructions, and handle your input. Don't let the fact that it's in BASIC put you off, it's very quick. At various points, notably whilst reading the instructions, you are treated to a tour de force of sound - well almost. It's obviously an attempt at tin whistle and snare drum, which is quite good, with the exception of its timing. Rather Dave Brubeck!

Aside from the price, the great attraction here is the humour. Being a com-ball, I loved it! Example? "You see a group of 50 tin starred cats"! Examine cats: "Don't worry, they're harmless posse cats!", and more of the same. I also like the fact that I wasn't killed off in the first few seconds, though to tell the truth, after a considerable time, I still hadn't encountered another human being, though I did collect a few more John Wayne jokes, a plank and some other bits.

Probably not for the adventure nuts, but an amusing starter at an amazing price.


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