Hill MacGibbon
1985
Arcade: Action
£9.95
£8.5
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Clare Edgeley
Chris Bourne

HAVE A sticky time in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the renowned children's book by Roald Dahl.

There are five games - four arcade and an arcade adventure. The first four must be completed to gain entry to the final program.

In the first game Augustus Gloop has been sucked into a mass of tubes in the sweet machine. You must run left and right across the screen changing the direction of the tubes so that Augustus will flow into a flask. A pretty game but boring and frustrating to play.

The second game takes you to the juicing room where Violet Beauregarde is being squashed by blueberries.

Veruca Salt has enraged the squirrels in another room and dropping poisoned nuts is the only way to prevent her being thrown down a rubbish shute.

In the last of the four, Mike Teavee is being chased by cameramen out to shrink him with rays of light. He must jump from level to level, picking up Wonka chocolate bars.

The final program is really a 43 room Jet Set Willy game and difficult to get into, even in the practice mode.

You have to guide Charlie around the factory and collect six golden keys so that he can enter the Great Glass Lift.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory palls after a very short time. However, as the package comprises five games and the book it must represent reasonable value for money.

Clare Edgeley

Publisher Hill MacGibbon
Price: £9.95
Memory: 48K
Joystick: Kempston

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3/5