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Micromania
Dominic Wood
1983
Arcade: Maze
£5.95
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
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Chris Bourne

IT IS DIFFICULT being a penguin and having to push ice blocks all your life, it is even more tricky if you have to take part in a game such as Pengy, for the 16K Spectrum, and dump the blocks on top of killer bees to stay alive.

When first played, the game seems difficult and the player will not last long as the ice bees are intelligent enough to root out any penguin which treads on their turf. It is also difficult to decide whether the ice block you intend to push will slide forward or just melt. If it melts the bees, which look like Pac-Man blobs, will not he affected sufficiently to die and you could lose one of your three Lives.

The graphics are fairly simple and flicker when they move. It is difficult to decide which block of ice will move when you push and in that way the game seems to have no direction.

The difficulty of the game and the simple concept of pushing ice on to bees produces what can be described as only a mediocre game, although with a little polishing the standard could have been raised. The author has not provided on-screen instructions on how to play.

The Pengy concept may be new but the initial interest in the game soon departs. It can be obtained from Micromania, 14 Lower Hill Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8LT.

Memory: 16K
Price: £5.95
Joystick: AGF, Kempston

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