Commodore User

Peace Women

Publisher: Knightsoft
Machine: Commodore 64

Published in Commodore User #21

Peace Women

The game comes with a cover of a stock stereotype peace woman with short hair and dungarees. It might be otherwise if it wasn't for the fact that she was sitting in a C5 with a gun mounted on the front, being pursued by a squaddy on a motorbike. Instead it's just faintly pathetic.

Further investigation is pointless, because the game is pure drivel. It could have been funny without trivialising and cheapening the topic. Like the worst sitcoms it starts with a complete stereotype and relies on that alone for its humour. All that happens is that your character (you are a peace-woman, like it or not) moves along a scrolling background of trees and buildings that never changes. A signpost for Greenham Common moves past every so often, but I never reached the base. After three screens I was bored to tears. Nasties encountered are said squaddies on bikes, something on pogo stick and flying ducks. It's rather difficult to be any less vague because the graphics are lousy.

Occasionally you pass a very old Arthur Scargill joke written up on the background and a swipe at Jeff Miner saying 'Llamas are loathsome'. I'm no Minter fan, but such a cheap comment is cringingly embarrassingly when the graphic style owes much to him. Though to say that is an insult to Jeff because the quality is so poor as to be like watching the telly with the aerial out. What else is there to say? You get three lives, differing skill levels and I really can't be bothered to go on because you don't want to buy this dross.