Lee Dowthwaite
1987
Arcade: Platform
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

28,29
Tony Dillon
Chris Bourne

Have you ever noticed how in all the gangster movies the baddies always have a Swiss bank account. Well, in the year 2012 everyone has a Swiss bank account. So, bigger banks are made. The largest being LD international United Bank (I wonder what LD stands for, eh Lee?)

This bank is so big that even its employees don't know their way around. You play a poor computer engineer who gets the idea into his (or her) head that he (or she) is going to break into the bank, hack into the computer and make lotsa dough.

OK, so it's a platform game... but quite a good one.

There are lots of mean cypher guards around and touching these depletes your energy. If you run out of energy, or fall too far then you loose one of your seven lives.

Sounds easy but it isn't. Before you can get the password to enter the bank computer, you have to find a key to open the safes which each contain a letter of the password. When you have all the letters you must then find the computer room, enter the password and take the elevator to the next level.

Heist 2012 is an old idea rewritten in a superb way. The animation of the main character is a delight to watch and the screens are taxing but not too difficult to solve.

Label: Firebird
Author: Lee Dowthwaite
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Tony Dillon

A fun little 'avoid this, jump over that and pick up the other' platform game. Worth getting for 2 sovs.

8/10