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Creative Sparks
1984
Arcade: Adventure
£6.95
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

68,69
Gwyn Hughes
Chris Bourne

Oo eck, if it isn't Danger Mouse and Penfold back on the trail of the evil Baron Greenback. An odd sort of hero, D M, in an odd sort of game.

Part one is a shoot 'em up for our rodent hero as he sets off to rid the world of the CroCodilian menace in his flying car. A variety of mutant monsters is launched at the vehicle which alters its height to take them on in one-to-one combat. Only it doesn't just blast away. You have to choose the picture of the beastie from a sub-window, before it bites the dust. On the easier level this is automatic most of the time, but for real heroes it's necessary to spool through the options.

Once this perilous journey is completed there are two screens of jungle. The first is a Turtle Bridge, but be snappy as there's just one alligator to bounce on. Timing is made more difficult by the presence of Penfold. Your leap has to allow for the fact that he'll follow, just behind you. Crossing the other screen means climbing a tree and dodging a deadly black panther. Again Penfold acts true to form and is a hindrance rather than a help.

Then its off to Greenback's lab where he's bringing the android Danger Mouse to electric life. Here you have to play a strange strategy game, changing the colour of blocks on a grid to transform the yellow lights into red ones. It actually sounds more complex than it is to play.

That, in a nutshell, is how you save the world, and the temptation would be to say 'so what' if it wasn't for the fact that it's so well animated and true to the flavour of the cult cartoon. Take that first section, for instance, where as well as the side section you get a view through the windscreen with Danger Mouse and Penfold exclaiming at every collision.

The problem with this is that while the game's most obvious players are at the junior end of the market, it just doesn't play smoothly enough for the very young - yet older fans, who secretly sneak in front of the TV at Danger time, are unlikely to find it holds their attention for long. Given that, it's a budget title though, it's worth a look.

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