The Micro User1st November 1984
Published in The Micro User 2.09
Familiar uncle lacks polish
The obligatory bad guy of this scenario is bearded, balding, bespectacled, and head of a giant electronics company. His name is Uncle Claude and I'm sure his face is familiar but I just can't place it...
His company produces a whole spectrum of electrical goodies. But in an effort to increase the value of his goods, Uncle Claude is stockpiling his products - probably for 28 days!
Our hero, according to the instructions on the disc cover, is named Micro Mickey. At least I think that's his name because when I loaded the program the title screen called him Electro Freddy.
This minor discrepancy aside, it is our schizophrenic hero's task to sneak into the factory during the night and load the products onto a conveyor for distribution.
However unknown to Mickey, Uncle Claude has been tipped off about Mickey's night shift and is lying in wait.
The cleverly written description on the cover whets one's appetite in preparation for the arcade action to come. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the game itself was an anticlimax.
The animation was smooth, the characters colourful - there was even an ambulance which zipped across the screen to take Mickey away when he'd been zapped by Uncle Claude - yet the game had no character.
I found that I had to force myself to continue playing in order to write this review. I'm afraid it can only be described as unpolished.
I noticed that the title screen bore the name of Softspot, the company which produced the graphically stunning Transistors Revenge and the humorous and well presented Fruity Freddy.
I see now why they passed Uncle Claude on to Alligata.