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Mirrorsoft Ltd
1988
Adventure: Graphic
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Newspaper capers from Mirrorsoft.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and just to prove it, hot from The Daily Mirror where he stars in his own comic strip, comes Andy Capp. He's the laziest, most conniving skiver north of the Humber, and the transition from print to pixels hasn't changed him one bit.

Andy's debut on the micro has him in an arcade adventure viewed side-on, where he attempts to recover his stolen Giro. You've only got a week to guide Andy around on his icon-driven adventures before Flo's gonna hop it back mother's. So time is of the essence, and with very limited funds it's not going to be easy - especially since you still owe money to the rent man, and he wont be put off for much longer.

Andy's limited funds at the start of the game simply aren't enough to keep his 'alcometer' topped up for the week, and should he dry out - well, it's game over. The game's full of puzzles like trying to find out how to beg, borrow or steal some extra dosh, and how to get rid of the rent man who bars your entrance to the pub.

The gameplay is tough to begin with because it's hard to find your way around. Nice touches added to the game, like the changing background colour to signify the time of day (though a twenty-four hour digital clock is always on-screen) add atmosphere, making the game fun to play, at least until the novelty wears off.

The adventuring side of things is somewhat limited and Tai Pan springs immediately to mind as a comparison. Avid followers of the comic strip will easily identify all of Andy's traits, but dedicated arcade adventurers may find the game too simplistic and too easy to complete to keep them interested for any length of time.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £9.95cs,
C64/128, £9.95cs, £12.95dk,
Amstrad, £9.95cs, £14.95dk,
Atari ST, £19.95dk, Mar/April
Amiga, £19.95dk, Mar/April

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 75/100
1 hour: 78/100
1 day: 70/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 5/100

Playable and atmospheric, but it just hasn't got anything like enough of a challenge in it to keep you playing for long.

7/10
6/10
4/10
7/10
635/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Though it's mostly monochrome it's very atmospheric. Sound is limited to a title tune and Andy's footsteps (which tend to irritate after a while), but that doesn't detract from the gameplay, which is easy to pick up. A fun game to play that unfortunately doesn't have sufficient in it to hold your interest for any great length of time.

AMSTRAD VERSION

Almost identical to the Spectrum version. Gameplay and objectives are the same. Sound is the same as for the Spectrum version, but the effects are of a slightly higher quality.

Graphics: 6/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 4/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 641/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 65/100

1 hour: 78/100

1 day: 70/100

1 week: 50/100

1 month: 30/100

1 year: 5/100

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Spectrum: Just how is Andy going to sneak past the rent man and get into the ale house?

Amstrad: It's no wonder the Policeman's looking stunned, our hero's just blown him a kiss.