THE INITIAL difficulty you encounter with Les Flics is reading the cassette cover. In its wisdom, PSS decided to write it in Clouseauspeak, that devastating version of English employed by Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies. Fortunately for your health, you are not called on to play the scourge of the Surété but the pink-tailed thief who, doubtless for reasons of copyright, is trying to steal a gemstone called the Purple Puma.
The idea is all great fun but the game is rather less than the sum of its concepts. The main screen is a town map; you have to run round the streets avoiding the police, Les Flics of the title, trying to discover the whereabouts of the Purple Puma.
The graphics are poorly-designed; little attempt has been made to control colour overflow when moving characters collide and the people and objects are for the most part single-square characters of little visual interest.
PSS wasted a good opportunity in Les Flics; the game could so easily have been a Spectrum classic. Instead, it s just a run-of-the-mill fix for joystick junkies.
Joystick: Kempston, Cursor