Personal Computer News


Crazy Caveman

Author: Mike Gerrard
Publisher: Merlin
Machine: Commodore 64

 
Published in Personal Computer News #043

Rocks And Lizards

It's a refreshing change not having to blast away at mutants or invaders from some far-distant galaxy. The setting for this game is prehistoric times. You are a Neanderthal battling it out with an axe against dinosaurs, dodos and other early beasts.

Objectives

You are the Crazy Caveman of the title, armed only with an axe. You have become separated from your hunting party and you're trying to make it back home alone. In the process you come up against some prehistoric problems.

In Play

Initially you encounter rolling rocks. These move across the screen from left to right and the only way to avoid them is to jump over the top of them. They usually come in groups of four with very little random variation in timing or separation and it soon becomes very easy to judge the jumping.

Crazy Caveman

Not only do you have to hop, skip and jump over the rocks, but in order to progress to the next level you have to move the left to break new ground. Trying to dodge the issue by moving to the right is of no use; you're limited to just a few steps.

Following the rocks comes a gang of dinosaurs. You have to be quick and accurate with your axe to kill them. Of course, if you don't you'll end up as their luncheon. They looked deceptively like herbivores to me.

If you manage to negotiate the dinosaurs, your next hazard is the dodos. Dodos, according to the instructions, never accomplished the art of flying. They only manage short hops and bounce around the screen in fairly large numbers.

Crazy Caveman

It can get extremely difficult to avoid them. I never managed to kill one and I'm not even sure you're supposed to.

The fourth hazard is some different types of prehistoric birds (pterodactyls?) which fly above your dropping rocks on your head.

I'm afraid that my history books must be out of date as I could find no reference to rock-dropping birds.

Verdict

Crazy Caveman is an enjoyable game which will test even the most ardent games player. The graphics are fairly well-done and the screen scrolling is exceptionally smooth. The sound, however, leaves a lot to be desired. If you are fed up with the usual space destructive games then you should give this one a second glance.

Mike GerrardNigel Farrier

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