Nigel P. Johnstone
1984
Arcade: Maze
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

60
Roger Willis, Ron Smith, David Lester
Chris Bourne

Ron: This is a maze game with a difference, although you'd never guess it from the title or the silly picture on the cassette insert. It's all about help Humpty escape from his enemies the Fuzzy Wuzzies (who're responsible for all the bombs) and the Deadly Snappers.

The game's twist is that instead of having control of our egg-shaped hero, you get to direct the movement of the maze itself. The reason for this is that not only does Humpty look like a rugby ball, but he also behaves like one. He sits lifeless until the maze is turned through 90 degrees, whereupon he tumbles downward by the force of gravity. Only when an object is encountered or the Fuzzy Wuzzies get in the way, does Humpty actually come to rest again. There are 18 mazes in all, complete with teleports to help poor ol' Humpty out of the stickiest of situations.

While the use of the rotating maze is interesting, in play it tends to be very disorientating - especially as it disappears momentarily each time it's rotated. However, the overall display make use of clearly defined graphics and pleasant use of colour. Best of all though is the speed. 3/5 HIT

David: Despite the age-old theme, this maze game is different enough to warrant attention. The graphics and sound are good, although there's a distinct lack of addictiveness. 3/5 HIT

Roger: Who dreams these things up? The title's enough to put anyone off - which is a shame because it's really a very good game. I'm not too sure if it'll reach the charts... 4/5 MISS

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