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Palace Software
1987
Adventure: Graphic
£9.99
£2.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

I remember this, it's the weird game where you have to hit people all the time. That's my expert description! Stifflip & Co. is an icon driven graphic adventure. You have to explore the various locations talking to the weird and wonderful characters who inhabit them while desperately trying to stop the plans of the evil Count Chameleon. He is a master of disguise so your task is made even harder. The horrible Count has developed the rubbertronic ray with which he plans to bring down the British Empire and radically alter the bounce of the cricket ball! Yes folks, it's that sort of wacky, zany game.

The way you control the characters is strange at first. Icons must be selected to carry out different tasks. They range from chinwag which allows you to talk, to fisticuffs for fighting and change batter (work that one out for yourself chip shop lovers!). Graphics are almost faultless, the characters and the way they animate on the detailed backgrounds is really impressive. Pieces of film down the side of the screen show the characters you're not playing and what they're up to. The real fun sequences are when you beat people up. A special punchometer device allows you to select the strongest punch possible: get it wrong though and you'll be a real wimp!

If you missed Stifflip & Co. first time round get a copy today. A spiffingly good romp.

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