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CORE Design Ltd
1989
Arcade: Platform
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

60
Rich Pelley
Chris Bourne

Rick Dangerous? Isn't that a pool game featuring technically impressive fast solid 3D shaded graphics played against various computer opponents or a chum coupled with an option to practice trick shots as well?

Nope, that's 3D Pool, reviewed above. Rick Dangerous is a totally different kettle of fish altogether. In fact, no it's not. it's an arcade adventure. And as we all know, no arcade adventure would be complete without four levels, plenty of platforms to walk along and ladders to climb down, lots of baddies to kill and lots of puzzles to solve.

Thankfully, Rick Dangerous includes all these, and even manages to do it in a vaguely entertaining, original and phew-if-you-like-this-sort-of-thing-you-won't-get-much-better-a-re-release-than-this-oh-apart-from-Auf-Wiedersehen-Monty-perhaps sort of way.

Call me Mr Critical, but just before I get out of the bath (which incidentally is where I'm scribbling down this review), here is some criticism. Firstly you get sent back too far when you die. Secondly, you often have to die in order to work out how to beat a particular hazard, such as spikes you'd never have known were there until you land on them. Thirdly, the puzzle element is a little low. And fourthly, it isn't half as good as Rick Dangerous 2. But if you want something to keep you occupied whilst waiting for that to be re-released, then why not have a shot at this? Oh go on. You know you want to really.

70%

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