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Ocean Software Ltd
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Passey, Matthew Uffindell
Chris Bourne

What distinguishes Eskimo Eddie from the others is that it has two totally different sheets in the game. Ocean did this with Mr Wimpy, and while it gives you two games for the price of one it can be a bit irritating when you want to get on with the Pengo part. Still, a very small quibble and one which mot people will probably disagree with. In the first sheet, Frogger style, you have to rescue Percy penguin from Growler the bear. There are two bears, slow and medium speed, and three jagged ice blocks which cross and recross the screen. You move from tthe bottom to the top, collect Percy, and then return. This has to be done three times before getting on to the Pengo sheet properly. From here on, everything is like the normal Pengo, with electric fences, bugs and blocks. The graphics throughout are very good and smooth and the sound is about the best (after Blaby!) and I liked the small details like the chasing rainbow effect round the edge of the first sheet. All in all a very good game which gets tougher with each screen.

One difference that no other Pengo has is that this version has two totally different screens, the first being to avoid moving ice holes and superbly animated polar bears, rescue a penguin from the other side and bring him safety back - three times. The second screen then resembles most other Pengo games. The ice blocks move very well, but if you do push a block, all the control keys are frozen (sorry, didn't mean that!) until the block reaches the wall or a snow bug. This does pose problems - the bugs have a chance of catching you while you are stationary. Otherwise the graphics are very good, electric fences work well, ice blocks move smoothly and the sound is good. The snow bees get progressively more intelligent as each screen is cleared. A very good game.