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Arcade: Gang beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Rich Pelley
Chris Bourne

Hong Kong Phooey. Blimey (he muses sagely) - what a great cartoon that was, eh readers? Bit of a shame it hasn't been on telly for absolutely ages though, 'cos what with good ol' Hong Kong and his trusty cat getting themselves into all sorts of mischief every Friday afternoon, it really was a 'hoot'. Didn't they used to hurl themselves out of filing cabinets or something? Oh well, perhaps not. But (but, but!) would you believe me if I was to tell you that the game is twice as good as the cartoon ever was? Nope, you probably wouldn't. Which is a good thing too - 'cos I am in fact telling complete porky pies - it isn't. But don't go to pieces it's not tragically bad or anything. In fact (dare I say) this little sucker's quite good. The best bit's probably the graphics - hardly anything worth jumping up and down about, but as The Phooey emerges, mask and dressing-gown askew, he looks so cute it makes me go all wibbly at the knees. Just check out the screenshot to see what I mean. As for the rest of the game - well, it's not bad at all (for a so-called cheapy), although nothing much happens - you just trundle along punching and kicking various people all day in search of one Baron Von Bankjob who's just escaped from prison (the scamp). Nothing brilliant as I've said, but certainly one worth 'checking out'.


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Can't see it here, but Phooey's bizarre going-up-and-down-stairs pose is a hoot!