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Top Ten Software
1989
Adventure: Text
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Jenkins
Chris Bourne

I suppose someone had to do it; after the epoch-making failure of Macsen's Eastenders arcade game, some dummy had to come up with the idea of a spoof adventure. All the characters are here: Pete and Kaff, Arfur Foulup, Meechelle, Loopy, and Dirty Dan. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of Effi's little Willie (yes, that's about the level of the humour).

As PC Donald Dance, you must investigate Herbert Square, questioning the residents and trying to avoid hazards such as Smelli's hot dogs.

Graphics are primitive but pleasantly colourful and quickly-drawn. Text entry is pretty limited: more often than not, whatever you type in simply brings the reply, "You can't do that guv." The 'guv' gets pretty tiresome after about, ooh, eleven seconds.

Apart from the odd grammatical bog-up, the game plays fairly smoothly, but you can't actually say that it's funny, as such. If the very idea of an Eastenders spoof makes you fall over laughing, then you might get some fun out of it, but Deadenders doesn't have much to offer adventurers of normal intelligence.

Label: Top Ten
Author: Carol Sharp
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Cheesy, Quilled Eastenders adventure spoof with a few good jokes.

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