Wibstars (A 'n F) Review | ZX Computing - Everygamegoing

ZX Computing

By A 'n F
Spectrum 48K

Published in ZX Computing #36


Somebody somewhere thought it would be a great idea to base a game on the trials and tribulations of a software distribution company. With such an inspired concept as starting point, this game was always going to face an uphill struggle to succeed. Nonetheless, great games can spring out of lacklustre notions - unfortunately Wibstars isn't one of them.

Wibstars is three mini-games tacked together. Firstly, there's a very rudimentary game in which you must get your van under the right chute to receive the goods due for despatch. Secondly, there's a brief arcade section, where your van is displayed from a birdseye view going along the road. In front is a van from a rival firm which jettisons debris into your path. All you have to do is avoid the junk thrown at you. The climax of the game is a platform and conveyor belt scene - manoeuvre your goods up the screen, avoid the hazards and you can finally get your goods to market. As a screen from a platform game it works reasonably well but there's only one. Any platform game you could mention has far more screens of at least equal complexity.

Wibstars three games do not stand up either on their own or when thrown together in this order. A poor release which is below the standard of much budget software.