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K-Tel Productions
Stephen N. Curtis
1983
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Chris Bourne

Castle Colditz the first side of this K-Tel DOUBLE SIDER, is a text-only adventure, where you must escape from the famous German Prisoner of War camp, which was supposed to be an impossible task, though many allied prisoners did get out. Whether you will get out is largely dependent on whether you really want to get in to start with.

Battle of the Toothpaste Tubes is a complete contrast, an arcade game with a theme which encroaches upon the hallowed ground first trod by Imagine with Molar Maul. It's quite different however. Here you must guide a large toothpaste tube, which lies on Its side pointing to the right, and fire blobs of toothpaste so that they land exactly on the head of the of brushes which are rising on the right of the screen. If you get a blob on the handle it bounces back and you lose a life if hit. Below you are 7 other toothpaste tubes firing up at you, and at the top a pair of false teeth go flashing across the screen. To guard against attack by the lower tubes, there is a fluoride shield which vanishes as soon as you start shooting again.

CRITICISM

'Colditz is text only, but this adventure is not up to the standards expected today. B.O.T.T.T. is a simple game that doesn't have much point to it. Although it has responsive graphics, they are rather poor.'

'I have nothing against text-only adventures, indeed a good one is better than a graphics one as far as I am concerned, but with such adventures, the use of descriptions and the way they are written (I don't mean programmed either) is essential to the creation of atmosphere and therefore, enjoyment. On that score Colditz fails abysmally. It's a series of barren rooms with poor descriptions and a few directions available. Simply no fun at all. The arcade game included on the tape is quite original, but somehow all the elements are mismatched so that it is difficult to play in a silly way.'

'With Colditz there was so little atmosphere that it failed to be exciting and I rapidly got bored with it. I managed somewhat better when it came to toothpaste tubes, although the fluoride barrier proved ineffective against dentures! The game is fun and original. It has some very good graphics and nice sound. The main problem is the number of keys required (7) and the economy bumper sized toothpaste tube you control, which is so large it becomes a ludicrously easy target to hit, hence more time is spent avoiding shots than actually shooting. But I still liked it!'

COMMENTS
Control keys: (B.O.T.T.T.) Q/A up/down, 0/P Ieft/right, SPACE = shoot paste, M = drop paste, I = fluoride shield
Joystick: Kempston
Keyboard play: responsive (B.O.T.T.T.)
Use of colour: good (B.O.T.T.T.)
Graphics: good (B.O.T.T.T.)
Sound: fair (B.O.T.T.T.)
Skill levels: 3
Lives: 5
General Rating: Poor adventure, average arcade game. ('Poor adventure' was referring to Castle Colditz, 'Average arcade game' was referring to Battle of the Toothpast Tubes.)

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