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The Greatest
By Beau Jolly
Amiga 500/600/1200

Published in Amiga Computing 60

By golly it's Beau Jolly and they've just brought out a new game. It's called Lure of Jimmy White's Dune or something and it's the greatest, err, apparently...

The Greatest

OK, so you're strapped for cash and you want some really good games. It's far too embarrassing to buy a budget game, so what on earth are you going to do? Well, one of the best ways of getting more for your money is to buy a compilation, which is risky because you almost always get an awful game in your three-pack.

Hmmm, well not this time because Beau Jolly have decided to release a package called The Greatest and, by golly, they are all really great for a change.

Lure Of The Temptress

Let's start, for safety's sake, in reverse alphabetical order. First up is Lure Of The Temptress. Lure is an interactive adventure game with a difference, the difference being "virtual theatre". I can hear you all now: "What's virtual theatre then, Mr Gamer chap?"

Well, in normal adventure games, the characters tend to appear once and then you'll never see them again. In Lure, each of them lead their own lives. For instance, if a character says "I'm going down to the tavern for a swift jar," then you'll find that character there. This makes Lure one of the more realistic adventures I have ever played. It is cute little ideas like virtual theatre that separate good from average games.

You play the part of Diermont, a rather reluctant hero who has to save his world from dribbling and vicious creature known as Skorl and discover who the Temptress is.

Another good thing about Lure is that you start the game without knowing exactly what to do. So, as you progress you find out about what's been going on and what your task is. The graphics are excellent with some wonderful backdrops. It's all controlled via the good old mouse and is so simple even Terry Christian would be able to play it. Err, then again maybe not.

If you're looking for an adventure game to keep you occupied for a couple of months then look no further than Lure Of The Temptress.

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

Next game up for questioning is Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker. Before Jimmy's I personally though that playing snooker on my computer would be an incredibly sad thing to do.

I mean you might as well go down the pub, have a few beers and challenge your mates at snooker rather than sit at home and be lonely with the mouse as your only friend.

How wrong can someone be! Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker is the best snooker game for any computer ever. For starters it's just so realistic that you can almost be there, except you have to chalk up your mouse rather than your cue.

It's also the fastest, smoothest snooker game ever, plus all the balls act like proper snooker balls for a change.

If you're a snooker fan or even if you're not then you simply must have Jimmy White's in your games collection. It's a modern day classic.


Last up is Dune - an adventure based on the book and film of the same name which incidentally starred Sting (ho ho).

Dune is quite a bit different from Lure Of The Temptress which is a good thing because you wouldn't want to put them together in a compilation pack. Unless, of course, it was called "The Greatest - Three games which are very alike, but all have different names"!

Dune is a blazing hot desert planet which is populated by a tribal race called the Freeman. The planet is the source of the most precious substance in the whole universe, a spice called Melange.

Melange lets space navigators see into the future, so that they can safely find other planets. Also, it makes you live longer.

Dune features some of the best graphics I have ever seen and boasts quite a marvellous soundtrack to boot - an entertaining adventure game.

OK, there are your three games and as you can see, all of them are classics in their own rights. If you don't own any of them, I strongly suggest you buy this compilation. If you think about it, you're getting each game for a tenner anyway. It's a bargain, guv.


The greatest compilation I've seen for ages and ages. For once all three games are worth owning in their own rights. It quite literally spurts with value. Buy it, chums.