HOLIDAY A WELCOME CHANGE
SEQUELS are often a disappointment but anyone who enjoyed the Mikro-Gen Mad Martha will probably be happy to add Mad Martha II for the 48K Spectrum to their collection.
Subtitled Henry Sails the Spanish Main, the lively graphics adventure is set in a Spanish holiday resort, as is clearly indicated by the blazing sun and a spirited rendering of Viva Espana at the start of the game.
The story features such things as a perfumed letter, a succession of doors, a dark alley and a bullfight. Events unfold at a brisk pace, with plenty of variety in the locations and incidents. You may well find yourself on a beach or in a hotel bar, or blundering on to someone else's be)cony, a faux pas which will land you in the local jail.
There is also a challenging maze game played against the clock to enliven the action, although you may want to avoid it if you suffer from slow fingers. The game also features a good sprinkling of useful objects such as spectacles and matchboxes to find.
Although the commands which the computer understands are limited, the graphics are unsophisticated and the author's grasp of Spanish appears shaky, it is a well-constructed adventure in which it is possible to keep track of one's movements and explore new areas when replaying the game. You can choose between three levels of difficulty and the setting and light-hearted approach make a welcome change from the gothic castles and space odysseys of so many other adventure games.
Mad Martha II is produced by Mikro-Gen, 1 Devonshire Cottages, London Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 2TQ. It costs £6.95.