Commodore User

B.C. II: Grog's Revenge

Publisher: U. S. Gold
Machine: Commodore 64

Published in Commodore User #21

B.C. II: Grog's Revenge

Another sequel, this time it's the follow-up to B.C.'s Quest For Tires.

This time Thor, the hero of the game, is pedalling up and down mountains collecting clams. He simply has to ride over them on his bike as he patrols around the mountain. There are quite a few wandering around in the caves that honeycomb the various mountains too. Once he has collected a hundred, that's a thousand points, he can go up to the toll bridge and advance onto the next stage.

The joy about this game is the graphics which are marvellous. It's like being in a cartoon, because the whole thing is superbly animated. This is at its best when Thor runs into the many hazards that await him as he trundles around. For a start he can have steering problems and end up going over the cliff edge - whereupon his bike obeys the gravitational laws of cartoons and falls away from him before he follows it. Watch out for rocks as well, because if Thor hits one he stops dead and the bike keeps going.

The high point of the game is when Thor meets the subject of the title, Grog. As he approaches you hear extreme bad news music, and should Thor ignore this he suddenly flies off his bike and Grog appears.

The strength and appeal of Grog's Revenge is also its weakness, because it's much more fun getting killed off than collecting clams and freewheeling round the mountain. Some vital element of achievement is missing. Don't let that put you off though because that would have made it a classic instead of just plain great.