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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: To be honest, my lack of infatuation with this oriental variety act is probably connected to personal taste. Legendary inscrutability, or objectivity, or something, must be maintained however.

Players are required to rush around with plates of various colours. The purpose is not to serve up two 19s, a 43 and a 27 with extra sweet-and-sour sauce, though. It's all about spinning 'em on top of sticks and keeping one's past successes going whilst doing it.

Other juggling tricks can be performed so as to change the colour of plates and increase score. Success with all eight plates spinning apparently leads to more difficult screens and less valuable dishes of a darker hue can be dumped off the back of the stage...

With all the ingredients of success, Chinese Juggler doesn't really make it, however you look at it. It requires skill and tactical planning, sure enough - but I found the fear, panic and aggression of good arcadia to be missing. It doesn't even possess the saving grace of being weird. 2/5 MISS

Dave: This is one of those games that seem great when you first start playing them, but don't hold you at the screen. 1/5 MISS

Ross: A fairly inscrutable game that seemed to have a lot to do with smashing plates! The point of it all? Don't ask me ask Confucious! 2/5 MISS