Iï¿½ve been resisting the temptation to check just how many more games Iï¿½ve got to get through until now. In fact, I was starting to feel quite pleased with how far through the As Iï¿½d got. Then I realised that I while Iï¿½ve got fifty-six more As to get through on my computer, there are actually another six hundred and sixty two more As to get through on WoS. And in thirteen days Iï¿½ll have been at it for nearly a year. So, if I want to finish the first letter in the first year, then thatï¿½s six hundred and sixty two divided by thirteenï¿½ carry the nineï¿½ umï¿½ 50.9 games a day.
So, according to the dozen or so pages of instructions (that appear, shockingly, without any delays or elaborate sound effects) Iï¿½m supposed to escape from a prison, stealing some files along the way.
So I jump down the first grill I see, and it turns out to be the wrong thing to do entirely.
And after a short trial, Harry gets his head blown clean off. Anyway, this is actually quite a good game. An interesting predecessor to The Great Escape, and I some fun figuring out the mapï¿½s layout and trying to remember where the secret files were supposed to be.
So, this is more of the same, but with better graphics and some basketball players to trade items with. Thatï¿½s not the only addition ï¿½ you can now search the buildings to gain extra items.
The graphical improvements are nice ï¿½ Harry doesnï¿½t look like Hammerman any more ï¿½ but sadly the attempted improvement at sound consists of well, a beep. Not just one beep mind ï¿½ itï¿½s one beep played over and over at high speed, as though that would improve the utter crapness of it. And whatï¿½s more, it does it every time you look at the (absolutely vital) status screen to find out where you are and what youï¿½re carrying. Sigh. Still, if you can forgive that, itï¿½s still a bit of fun. (Quite worrying actually, considering the way this feature normally goes. Hm.)
Jump over wall. Wall gets higher. Jump over wall. Wall gets higher. Jump over wall. Wall getsï¿½ wait, whatï¿½s this?
Thereï¿½s an actual game in here? Crikeyï¿½ Itï¿½s even quite a modern-feeling game, despite itï¿½s clearly BASIC origins. There donï¿½t seem to be any lives or anything ï¿½ if you fail too many times to complete the level, it simply gives you a different level to play. In 1985 this was an unheard-of idea ï¿½ itï¿½s the sort of player-friendly approach thatï¿½s only beginning to gain any ground more than twenty years later. Iï¿½m not sure whatï¿½s more shocking in fact ï¿½ that this is such an entertaining little game or that Iï¿½ve had three decent games in a rowï¿½
After several attempts I gave up trying to get a coherent screenshot because the graphics are so flickery. About the nicest thing I can say about this game is that itï¿½s inoffensively bad. Next.
Hearing this on loading told me everything I needed to know about this game. Next.
Ooh. This is different. It’s got colours, and it’s fast… It’s just a shame it’s a little bit Pacman, but you can’t have everything. The bad guys are trying to move all the money from the bottom of the screen to the top, and you have to stop them. You also have to stop them while listening to this.
Another game that refuses to load. Still, probably a luck escape, eh?
Well, not quite 50.9, but it’s a start, eh? I’m going to get a pizza and then we’ll see what’s next…