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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Platform
ZX Spectrum 48K
Alkatraz Protection System

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Rich Pelley
Chris Bourne

An extremely popular game back in '87 - and it still looks good today. At first glance it looks uncannily like your standard arcade adventure, but play it a bit and you may (just) be able to squeeze a bit of a puzzle out of it. Hopefully anyway, 'cos we are meant to be in The Complete Guide To Puzzle Games. (This is one of those wobbly, borderline, six-hours-of-argument-In-the-YS-office sort of games I was going on about at the beginning, I'm afraid.)

Right. The idea Is to collect the key on each screen to allow you to get onto the next one. You do this by moving this little chap with a strange hat on around the screen he can create blocks in certain places, and also disintegrate the ones he doesn't want. Graphics are cute city, and yet again it's another one of those 'just one more go' type games. A good 'un.


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Like a funny cross between a puzzle game and your standard cutsie arcade thing (Bubble Bobble or what-have-you). Solomon's Key is (I reckon) one of the best things US Gold's ever done. Hurrah!