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Activision Inc
1987
Arcade: Action
£9.99
£2.99
Multiple languages
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Naturally there are film tie-ins and there are film tie-ins. Unfortunately Howard The Duck is a bit of a film tie-in - in other words, this duck is a turkey. Actually, that's unfair, as the game is based not on the terrible film of a few years back but on a Marvel comic from even longer ago. Adventure On Volcano Island. Howard, the cigar-chomping, skirt-chasing duck that he is, is keen to get off this island, and so will you be after playing this game. It seems inevitable somehow that at this late stage in his career Howard should be made an expert in the oriental art of Quack Fu, which means that the game swiftly degenerates into a not-very-good beat-'em-up, albeit with a maze element. The trouble is that it's so obviously been chucked together at the last minute - as though the software company spent so long slapping themselves on the back with satisfaction at getting the licence that no-one remembered to write a game. It is at least relatively easy to play - well, on the lowest of the four difficulty levels anyway - but the graphics are poor and there's no sense of atmosphere. There's much better out at three quid than this.

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Poor old Howie - he used to be so cool in his comic strip. Just look at him now!