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Piranha
Don Priestley
1987
Adventure: Graphic
£9.95
£1.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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48
Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Supplier: Piranha
Version Tested: Spectrum

Flunky is a derogatory term for a liveried servant, cook, waiter etc. In this game you play a be-wigged and servile flunky at Buckingham Palace whose job is to wait on assorted royals and complete the various loopy tasks they set for you. Flunky is written by Don Trap Door Priestley, the games authorship shows in its crazy puzzles, which often don't seem to have any logical solution.

Each royal has a specific task for you that must be completed within a time limit of approximately 500 seconds. Prince Andrew is taking a bath and wants a boat to play with. Fergie wants some freckles, Di wants a wig (for some reason she's bald); Charles is on his rocking horse and wants his polo balls, the Queen wants her Corgis.

Fail to complete the task within the time limit and the guard will kill you. Offering the wrong object will have the same effect.

Graphics are very distinctive, with big bold sprites and little or no attribute clash Your actual view of each room is through a window, the size of which depends upon the size of the room. A large room will fill the screen whereas a staircase will only fill about one fifth. The caricatures of the various royals are all very humorous. They're not particularly flattering, but they're not particularly savage either.

Flunky is certainly a strange game. The tasks sound easy but are excruciatingly difficult to solve since the various parts of the solution seem to be totally unconnected with each other. Trial and error - and lots of it - is the only way to crack the game.

Reviewer: Andy Wilton

RELEASE BOX
Spectrum £9.95cs, Imminent
Amstrad £9.95cs, £14.95 dk, Imminent
C64/128 £9.95cs, £14.95 dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 5/10
1 hour: 5.5/10
1 day: 4/10
1 week: 5/10
1 month: 2/10
1 year: 0/10

4/7
Pretty, and very funny in parts.
2/7
Effects are few and far between.
2/7
Will certainly have you perplexed.
2/7
Too illogical to play seriously.
616/1000

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