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Gamma Software
Simon Johnson
1984
Arcade: Action
£5.50
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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15,16
Chris Bourne

Madhatter is a game which has lithe if anything to do with Alice in Wonderland. The title is very much an excuse for a simple idea. The scenario seems mad enough; it's the Madhatter's Un-Birthday and some friends are supposed to be coming for tea. Unfortunately the place is in a dreadful mess and must be tidied up. The mess seems to be made from sweets and chocolate rolls, the very things he needs for the tea. The object of the game is go around picking up ten sweets for each roll and hitting the top of the screen. Each time you do this a roll appears in the score line and after five have appeared you go onto the next screen. The unpleasant side of life here are the mice, which steal sweets (and don't forget you need ten sweets for every roll), the vacuum cleaner on the right of the screen which kills on contact, and other objects which fly across at random, also killing. And that's about it.

CRITICISM

'This is one of those rush around the screen and grab the goodies games! The graphics are a little flickery but fast. The appeal of getting the sweets plus a chocky roll soon wears thin, making this one of those average to fair type games. '

'You've got the speed, you've got the maneuverability, you've even got the brains but why can't you get off that screen? This is about the most infuriating game I have ever played. The graphics are nothing special and there is only one screen. The game type is more or less out of date now - all you do is run around (very fast) and collect thins while avoiding the nestles.

'Madhatter can be summed up as one of those games that might be worth buying at a budget price. It has very little to offer in terms of being exciting or even very skillful, since all you have to do is dodge and collect. We've seen this sort of thing many times before. The graphics are rather small, a bit jerky and lacking in detail or interest. Not really worth it.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: Q/A up/down, N/M left/right
Joystick: Kempston
Keyboard play: average responsiveness, sensible keys
Use of colour: average
Graphics: jerky, on the small side
Sound: not bad
Skill levels: 1
Lives: 3
Screens: 1
Special features:
General Rating: An old fashioned looking game with nothing much to hold the interest.

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Delectable looking sweeties and oozing chocky rolls dart across the screen of MADHATTER.