Karl D. Jeffery
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

Clare Edgeley
Chris Bourne

ARTIC'S latest, Mutant Monty, bears a deliberately close resemblance to Manic Miner - a game which programmers have reproduced in almost every conceivable style and format.

The idea is to help Monty to reach the beautiful maiden, crossing the Pit of Eternal Slime and dodging innumerable aliens, sour lemons and other hostile objects, all the while scooping up piles of gold. Each screen has one exit to the next level, but all the gold has to be collected before he will be let through.

Monty moves very quickly on the horizontal levels but tends to rise and sink slowly in comparison, as if he were indeed swimming through slime.

Thankfully there is an on/off key for the music; the Spectrum version of the first few bars of the The Sting is played continuously throughout.

Completely unoriginal in concept the game is at least intriguing and frustrating to play - exactly the attributes its programmers planned.

Clare Edgeley

Memory: 48K
Price: £6.95
Joystick: Sinclair, Cursor