Mamba 06 ch05 Hits and Flops
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hello. this month the 'hits & flops' column consists of 6 normal gametests and 4 'short-tests' of low-budget games ! these games were reviewed for you : operation thunderbolt ninja spirit pinball power short-tests: pipe mania blinky's scary sch. startrash cash & grab sonic boom fantastic soccer fan. world dizzy operation thunderbolt - ocean the long awaited follower of operat. wolf invites to another massacre. your way leads through 8 level of killing and solving certain tasks given in the beginning of each level. every second level consists of front- scrolling, the other levels contain a normal side-scrolling. a two-player modus, a continue-modus and different ways to control your fighter(light gun,neos mouse...) are avaiable. the music sounds pretty good, the graphic is average. it is not that expected hit. valuation: 65 ninja spirit - activision ninja spirit, programmed by chris butler, contains 7 levels. each level is divided into 2 sections, at the end of each section a monster or master-ninja is waiting for you.after the 7th level you meet the last warlock, he is your last opponent. the gameplay, the steering of your little fighter is very good, you can select between 4 different weapons. (sword,shurigen...) a time-limit is set. but the graphics and the music are only average, partly bad. other- wise the game would be a hit. v.: 59 pinball power - mastertronic this game is remarkable, so i decided to review it here, although it is 'only' a low-budget game. this flipper-simulation contains a very good 3d-view. it looks very realistic, also the sound-effects fit to this game. in the beginning you have 5 balls and in the game there are a lot of bonus- options to increase your points. this 3d-view and the realistic sound- effects arise much fun by playing. for that price this game is really great. valuation : 84 pipe mania - empire pipe mania, released in the states as pipe dreams some months ago is a game for over-subtle reasoner. you have to build a pipeline for a fluid coming through the pipes after a certain time is gone. as you can't select the pipe you want you sometimes have to wait for the pipe you need now. so you can first set a pipe which will be used some time later. after a certain amount of pipes,which increases after each level you can set an endpipe. the music and the graphic is nothing special. v. : 64 startrash - rainbow arts we are used to get high-quality games from r.a. (x-out,rock'n'roll) but this time they delivered a flop. this game reminds me of q-bert, released some years ago and i think this isn't better. you steer a little ball and you have to get to the top of a building by jumping higher and higher on little building stones. although there are some opponents the game is very boring. also the sounds by c.huelsbeck and r. vaca do not consist of the usual quality. valuation : 34 sonic boom - activision this shootemup is comparable to gemini wing or scramble spirits. you steer your aircraft through an up- scrolling landscape fullfilled with a lot of enemy-fighters. at the end of each level a major-enemy appears which is difficult to defeat. you can fire a 'super-shot' by pressing space. the game consists of 6 levels. the graphics are average (as gemini wing) and the music sounds really bad. only fans of these seuck games will like it... valuation : 35 ok, here follow some short-tests now : blinky's scary school - zeppelin you are a little ghost called blinky and seek out to scare the lord of drumtrochie. it is your training to scare him before daybreak. the graphics are good and the music is average. all in all it is a nice game for this price! valuation : 70 cash & grab - zeppelin games this game idea consists of a hazard- machine. you have to try to get 3 same fruits in a row. you have many options to manipulate the result. the graphics are good and music is nice. you can anly play this game with the keyboard. v.: 65 fantastic soccer - zeppelin games another soccer game released these days, this time a bad one with average graphics & music. the game- play is bad! valuation : 19 fantasy world dizzy - codemasters you steer a little egghead(spitfire?) with arms and foots and you have to try to escape from the castle. the music is funny and the graphics are nice. valuation : 77 ok, this is for this month. wait a month for the next interesting(?) reviews!