Commodore User


Publisher: Mastertronic
Machine: Commodore Vic 20

Published in Commodore User #21


This is just a mad-cap dash around twenty interconnected mazes, which are supposed to represent creepy crypts. I only know that because it says so on the inlay card and the Death March keeps filtering through trying to convince me of its ghoulish identity.

The mazes are shaped like skulls and fish or just amorphous... they are not of the 'get lost' variety. User-defined characters zoom around dressed up as monsters, spewing out some disguisting filth that looks like little arrows. That's if you possess imagination.

You need to collect a chalice from each room and avoid/shoot the manic depressives in order to play the game to the full and make everything wholesome again. Obviously all twenty rooms have to be located as it's no good covering the same ground repeatedly.

Once again, the programmer (who also did the spiffing Rockman) has presented you with an expanded screen and taken the trouble to design an interesting title sequence.

Budget software is becoming increasingly popular. This month's Screen Scene tests no less than eight new games with a £1.99 price tag.

The general impression of this mega-cheap games review is that the latest cheap offerings aren't all that bad.

When Mastertronic started whole cheapsoft ball rolling last year almost every single game they brought out got slammed in the press.

The quality has now improved immensely.