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Gamma Software
Simon Johnson
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Roger Willis, Ron Smith, David Lester
Chris Bourne

David: In this game, you play the part of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland who, you surely remember, is having a tea-party to celebrate his un-birthday... but that's where the connection ends, I'm afraid.

Your task is to collect sweets and chocolate rolls from around the screen, which itself consists of very unexciting graphics; the vacuum cleaners are very shabbily defined and the mice, etc, are such grim programming specimens as to be almost unrecognisable. Moving your character square around the screen, you move into stationary and moving blobs, whilst avoiding others. The only difficult thing is getting out of the way of the baddies - difficult only because they go from side to side at silly speeds.

At first the game seems quite tricky, but soon becomes simplistic. I was looking forward to seeing some screen variations but I was disappointed. With graphics as poor as these, and no sound or variation to speak of, this game will be played once and once only. I remember games like this having trouble on the market when the Spectrum was released two years or so ago! 1/5 MISS

Roger: Preparations for parties that demand attention to sweets, chocolate rolls, mice and vacuum cleaners may be your cup of tea - but for me, it's not mad enough by half. It's got to be a miss. 1/5 MISS

Ron: Madhatter lacks the professionalism we've come to expect from Spectrum software - it's too fast and block graphics just aren't on anymore. Pretty much a boring game, I'm afraid. It's a miss! 2/5 MISS