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Silversoft Ltd
David Leitch
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

Freez' bees adds another version of 'Pengo' or 'Pengy' to the Spectrum file. The object of the game is to walk your penguin round the ice fields, burning away the ice blocks to create space, or send them shooting off to try and crush the nasty snow bees who are out to get you.

Features in this version include the penguin's ability to electrify the fence, stunning the bee that touches if for a moment, and the illumination of ice blocks containing bee eggs at the start of each phase. You receive extra points for clearing these blocks before the eggs hatch


'The graphics in Freez' Bees are very nice, quite large and very colourful on a white ground. They move smoothly as well, and at a fair pace even on the slower of the ten speeds. I quite enjoyed playing it and the game itself is very addictive when you get fluent at controlling the penguin.'

'Once a snow bee is on your tail you may as well give up as it's hard to get away, and extremely difficult to get round a block, turn and fire at your tormentor. Apart from this aspect, which I think spoils the game's playability, this type of game is really very simple and not worth buying. This version has good sound though.'

'This version is frantically difficult to play - perhaps too hard to keep your attention - so it's as well that there's a range of speeds to select. The colours and graphics are good, so's the sound and tunes. If you're looking for a 'Pengo' game, then this is a good and hard version.'

Control keys: Z/X left/right, K/M up/down, L- slide or crumble an ice block
Joystick: Kempston
Keyboard play: single key action, but fast
Colour simple but bright
Graphics: good
Sound: very good
Skill levels: 10 speeds
Lives: 3

General Rating: Reasonable implementation of a fair game.


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One penguin dead as a dodo in Freez' Bees.