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Ocean Software Ltd
1984
Arcade: Platform
£6.90
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Craig Rawstron
Chris Bourne

RETURN OF THE HEROES

"I had a hunch you'd want to know a little bit about me! After a book or two, several movies and the odd play, I starred in a classic computer game for the Speccy called... would'ja believe... Hunchback! Now, over two years since its release, I'm back in action in Hunchback II..."

"I've know Esmerelda for a while now... but she will keep getting herself trapped in towers! And I seem to be the only one gullible enough to save her...

If you saw me in the original epic, Hunchback, you'll be pleased to know that I can walk now... instead of mincing about on tippy-toes. I've also been given a decent set of threads - I never really felt comfortable prancing around on on-screen in a ballet outfit (not very good for the street credibility!). Also, if you're into bells (and who isn't I ask myself) - this game's full of 'em!

Someone up at Ocean must have realised that games need to be full of bright colours, lots of them. And there's far more to do in Hunchback II; the original just had me jumping over a few fireballs whereas here, I'm fair whacked out after just one screen! I don't know where the guards have got to this time around - perhaps it's their day off - but watch out for the malicious wildlife, they're not there to conserve you... that's for sure!

Ageing rock addicts will love the blues riff in between levels... myself, I'd have preferred something tasteful from Duran Duran!

All in all, a much improved game over the original - but why take so long to sequel a game with such a good-looking hero? I hope those characters up at Ocean know what they're doing!"

Not Rated

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LEVEL 2

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2/5

This platform is for you to jump on, in between ferry rides - if you don't want to end up in the drink, that is!

When you've fought your way to this point, swing on the rope - that'll ring the bell and promote you to the next level.

Tricky this! You have to jump on the trolley on the conveyor belt when it's travelling to the left. But make sure you time your jump carefully at the far end or you're liable to get sucked down the gap. Nasty!

Once off the ferry, clamber up these ropes until you're on a level with the conveyor belt. Now, it's one small leap for mankind...

Novice hunchbacks start here... and watch out you don't get your feet wet! You'll have to leap on to the ferry that buzzes to and fro at the bottom of the screen to get across in safety.

LEVEL 4

DIFFICULTY RATING: 3/5

From the top of this platform, all you have to do is jump across to the top right-hand corner of the screen, ring the bell and you're home free.

You'll find that there's some pretty massive rodents (the dirty rats), eager to block your path as you traverse the chains. As you haven't got a weapon to kill them with, you'll just have to keep out of their way!

To get on to the first platform, you've got to shimmy up these chains and jump for all you're worth!

For those with nervous dispositions, this is a safe place to hide! The rats follow a set pattern of movement - it won't take you long to work out your path to safety.

Your first aim is to get across the bottom of the screen to the rope... but watch out for that bat - it may not be a vampire but it's equally deadly!

LEVEL 6

DIFFICULTY RATING: 4/5

Another screen, another story - this time you've got to ring all four bells to go through to the next level.

There are even more bats on this screen - which doesn't make life any easier for poor ol' Quasi!

There is a definite technique for ringing these bells. First, you've got to leap on to the right-hand side of the bell rope and start climbing. Once at the top, jump on to the left-hand rope. Your weight pulls the rope down and the bell rings when it hits the top.

Once you've rung all four bells, leg it to here and you'll be whisked away to the next screen.

LEVEL 7

DIFFICULTY RATING: 3/5

Esmerelda - looking prettier than ever! Once you've finished this screen, you'll probably have to wait three years to see her again!

The scenery is much prettier than you'll find in Hunchback. But it's still a waste of most of the screen, as all the action happens up there on the battlements.

The bird flies (relentlessly) across the screen, hoping to peck you as you jump for the bells.

As you jump up to get the bells, watch your landings - with that arrow flying about, they're not always happy!

For any nostalgia fans out there, this is pretty similar to the original Hunchback. This time, however, you've got to run along the top of the battlements butting the bells as you go. So that's what made ol' Quasi deaf!