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Cartoon Time
1989
Arcade: Platform
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Just think how mad you would be! You’ve just bought yourself a spanking new car and parked it in your garage where it should be safe. When you go back to check on it, some evil little monster has gone and disassembled it, the rotter! Armed with only a candle you, as Olli, must now search the vast castle and recover all the pieces so you can take Lissa out on a picnic.

CodeMasters keep producing these brilliant games don’t they? This is number two in their new Cartoon Time series and it’s amazing. Large animated characters fill every screen, and colour is absolutely everywhere. There are lots of cute little animated sequences too, like when Olli picks up the phone and has a chat with someone. All the things he says and thinks appear above him in a bubble.

The control method in Olli and Lissa 3 is a bit weird, but you soon get used to it. For example, you can’t walk up the stairs, you have to jump from step to step. There are a variety of monsters and spooks living in the castle, some of which harm Olli while others have no effect at all. Careful manoeuvering is needed to get anywhere. All the secret treasures, passageways and traps also keep you on your toes. Olli and Lissa 3 was an instant hit whh me and I’m sure you’ll love it too. A brilliant cartoon adventure.

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