Hektik (Mastertronic) Review | Computer & Video Games - Everygamegoing


By Mastertronic
Commodore 16/Plus 4

Published in Computer & Video Games #58


Do you remember an old electron adventure where it showed mum and dad playing a strange sort of 'dig-a-hole-and-smash-a-monster-over-the-head' type of game? You do? Well, then you'll recognise this game.

In case you don't, this game features little red monsters which look like tomatoes chasing your poor man all about the screen on various levels. To avoid these nasty types, you must run up and down ladders and dig holes for them to fall into.

Once they have "fallen" for it you must bash their tiny brains out with your shovel until they drop through the ground and splat on the next level. Quite amusing.

Don't let the cuteness of the monsters and the thought that you have to bash them stop you though. These creatures will munch on your bones, so to speak. When you have killed all the monsters on one level you go on to the next one - which is harder. To make life difficult youo also have an air limit and when it runs out you croak, so you must clear screens quite quickly.

On later levels, the monsters will vary in colour, getting nastier and you must dig holes, on various platforms in a straight line so when the monster falls, it will go through about three holes before snuffing it. This gives lots of nice points.

This game was good on the Electron all those centuries ago and C16 owners may think it's a bit dated, but the challenge is still there.

Go on, bash a monster today!