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Topo Soft
1988
Arcade: Maze
£7.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Graeme Kidd
Chris Bourne

US Gold's soft drink.

What's a Corona Bubble doing, getting fizzical in the Pepsi Mad Mix game? Well, this cute, grinning little bubble has gone undercover, changed drinks and called himself Mad. What more do you need to know?

Poor old Mad finds himself in the Pepsi Village, a sequence of fifteen tricky mazes, and his task in life is to stomp through the corridors gobbling up bubbles lying on the floor. And if the bubbles remind you of Power Pills, you wont be surprised to learn that a quartet of ghosts also roam the streets of Pepsitown.

There's no fruit to gobble up - after all, Pepsi comes in one flavour only - but on the plus side, Max can step on panels on the floor and temporarily mutate himself into other creatures... like a ghost-stomping hippo. Treading on another icon makes Max a Pac Drac - he grows fangs and can suck the aura out of ghosties, sending them Pacing, back to their electro lair.

The rotund hero has a total of five alter egos into which he can mutate in order to deal with the hazards encountered on the mission - ghosts aren't all that are out to stop him on his quest, and as you might expect, life gets more difficult on later levels. For instance, Max can't move on to another maze until all the bubbles have been cleared from the current suburb of Pepsi Village: on the second level, a bubble-blowing ladybird creature roams around undoing his work, and needs to be stomped.

A few neat touches embellish the basic Pacman gameplay, but the Pepsi Mad Mix game offers little new or exciting, other than bubble-gathering and the chance to win a prize in the joint promotion between US Gold and Pepsi Cola.

Remember: take the bubbles out of Pepsi and it goes flat...

Reviewer: Graeme Kidd

RELEASE BOX
Spect, £7.99cs, £11.99dk, Reviewed
C64/128, £7.99cs, £11.99dk, Out Now
Ams, £7.99cs, £11.99dk, Out Now
Atari ST, £14.99dk, Imminent
Amiga, £T.B.A., T.B.A.

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 58/100
1 day: 68/100
1 week: 35/100
1 month: 23/100
1 year: 8/100

Mediocre - no wicka wicka sound effects as to bubble gather, and despite the embellishments, little more than a competent pacman clonette. Competent, but zzzz unless you really want to win a prize from Pepsi/US Gold.

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Screenshot Text

In PacDrac mode, the fanged bubble sees off a ghostie.