Ocean Software Ltd
1985
Arcade: Platform
£6.90
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
SpeedLock 1

41
Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Ross: Roland Rat has many fans, but I'm not one of them, so I didn't know what to expect of this rodent's tale. It turns out to be a ladders and levels escapade, mirroring old Ratty's real life efforts to get up at an unratly hour and make it to the TV studios in time for his early morning show. As any true rat should, Roland starts his day down in the sewers, scrambling about to get out.

This is a game for clever rats, that use ladders and assemble keys and other unrat-like activities, but then again Roland has traded in his cage for a TV presenter's chair! His two main worries, are his high metabolic rate which means he gets hungry all the time and the energy gauge drops rapidly. The other major rat-traps are the marauding wellies. Now you know! People may hate rats, but rats hate wellies! Roland can quell his hunger pangs quite nicely with the tit-bits he finds, and he can beat the boots by firing glue pellets to stick the welly to the spot!

By exiting to the left or right of a screen, you can take Roland to new levels and pipework. It's an idea to make him a map though, or he could get quite lost in this rat-race. Once he's escaped, other adventures will befall him. A rat's work is never done... 8/10

Rick: With so much glue about, this ain't a game to be sniffed at. I didn't know Roland was so stuck up. Still you won't come to a sticky end with this winner from Ocean. No-one could feel ratty playing this! 8/10

Dougie: I must admit that I like games that you can map... and this is a classic. In fact, you're going to be in trouble if you don't. For Roland Rat fans this is a must. For the rest of you - you're missing out! 8/10

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Your energy level can be topped up with the tasty hamburgers and crisps that Roland fines on his underground travels.

This'll have you glued to the set. You're armed with your Stic-o-matic super glue gun - squirt this in the direction of the welly boots before they rubber you up the wrong way!

Down on the second level you'll find an underground train. To hitch a ride, fire a globule of glue onto the track and climb aboard.

Dotted around the underground system you'll find packets of Stic-o-matic super glue to replenish your supplies as they dwindle. Don't use it all at once or you'll find that you'll run out just as you need it.

Along the top of the upper level, you'll get a view of what's going on in the real world - but wait this can't be the real world 'cos that's a C5 - and no-one drives around in those!

If you're looking for an easy way out of a sticky situation, then one of these doors leads across a pipe to another set of rooms. And fortunately, the meanies can't dog your footsteps.

Beware the jet set wellies - they'll sap your energy if you head straight for them. Use the glue to hold em fast for a while - go on stick the boot in!