Rasputin (Firebird) Review | Computer & Video Games - Everygamegoing


By Firebird
Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Computer & Video Games #53


There's no disputin' that Rasputin is a good-lookin' game. And at the price, it's a real bargain. But when you play this Ultimate-clone, you'll have to be pixel perfect when you're moving about, otherwise you'll end up going nowhere fast!

Meanwhile, back to the scenario. The spirit of evil old Rasputin, once main-man at the Russian Czar's winter palace, has risen from the multi-dimensional abyss and wants to bring chaos to the world.

Your job is to enter this multi-dimensional domain and find the Jewel of the Seven Planets. To reach the jewel you have to neutralise the eight spells that have been cast by Rasputin.

To do this you have to enter the courtyard of the darkside and enter the world of the Seven Planets. You are armed only with a sword and shield which have limited lives. Find the stones with the mark of Rasputin and step on them and you will absorb the power of the stone.

You begin on a 3D catwalk dotted with doorways protected by vicious guards. You can either sneak or fight your way through the doorways - where you'll find one of several amazing-looking 3D "castles" inhabited by odd creatures.

Some of these screens are quite stunning in their complexity. You have to watch you don't fall from the catwalks or castles - you plummet downwards only to be rescued by a little fluffy cloud which carries you back to where you started from. But the more you fall the more life-force you lose.

Rasputin isn't an easy game to play. You'll need to spend some time on the game to get the most out of it. It's graphically excellent - but game control leaves something to be desired.