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Tynesoft
1985
Arcade: Action
£9.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Not that CRASH readers get much opportunity to watch television but you may have noticed a Television series called ' Super Gran'. It is based on the unlikely adventures of a turbo charged Grandmother. The story began when she was sitting in the house feeding something when she was accidentally zapped by a special ray fired from the upstairs room of a tenament block. The ray was in the care of one Mr Skunner Campbell, the bad guy of the game. Skunner in his turn had pinched it from Professor Black, the ray's inventor. Anyway enough of this, the fact is that the otherwise quiet and feeble Granny was instantly convened into a mega-being able to perform feats that make Daley Thompson look like our assistant editor. The game is based on the dear old lady's adventures, her attempts to put right wrongs where no Gran has righted wrongs before.

The game consists of five different game-screens and you must survive each pan to move onto the next. First off, Gran flies over Chisleton on her flycycle, battling it out with an imposter Gran on a similar machine. Screen Two sees you equipped with an anti-gravity belt which, when activated, allows you to drift up. Turn it off and down you go again. You must stop cars running over the cats while at the same time dodging planes and balloons. Gran can move left or right, but only when hovering, the background scrolling behind her.

The third game uses a scrolling road. The Professor is trying to get his new invention to the science exhibition and your task is to guide him there, avoiding the pot holes and kerbs as you speed along the winding way of course Skunner is making a nuisance of himself. Onto the fourth here you must scale a cliff to recover the invisibility machine left at the top. Moving from ledge to ledge, you find yourself facing all sorts of perils weak ledges, nasty animals and the like. Mr Skunner has gone to the massive expense of hiring a helicopter from which he drops bombs on you. On top of all this the tide's coming in so don't dally. If you manage to get hold of the machine then its powers may help to defeat the mob on the next screens, all of which follow similar themes.

CRITICISM

'And I thought the days of low resolution graphics were dead! This game has managed to revive them for use in some of the screens. Super Gran is following the lines of the more feeble TV/film rip offs, it will be the name that sells this game. Thank God the sound can be turned off it nearly drove me round the bend. The keyboard response was less than brilliant especially when trying to fire. I had hoped to find Billy Connolly on the B side but no, what a shame, something like that is desperately needed to put some life into this expensive package.'

'Well here we go with yet another TV spin off. 'Super Gran' is a programme that l am unfamiliar with so perhaps lam unable to appreciate the game fully. While the various arcade games are challenging and the game is playable I found that it was not addictive and l am not sure that knowing the TV programme would have helped. On the whole then a fairly ordinary game and certainly nothing to fall over about'

'I hate it. If you enjoy badly drawn and frustrating games then this is for you but I would rather forget I had ever seen it. What annoys me most of all is the price, I mean E9.95! What on earth do they think they are selling here, TV air time? It is not just the price that makes the graphics seem so bad: while there are some acceptably well drawn images that manage to move smoothly, the backdrops are ludicrous. I've seen better graphics in Snowball. The opening screen is typical, the flycycles are good except they are so huge there is virtually no room for them to manoeuvre. I have found a way of making sure that you win the first screen. Position yourself in the centre of the screen and fire rapidly left and right, that way you are certain to hit the targets before they get onto the screen fully. Good playing tip ya, well I have a much better one: Don't bother.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: O/P left/right, Q/A up/down, Space to fire, also user definable
Joystick: any
Keyboard play: poor response
Use of colour: boring and flat
Graphics: in some cases very poor
Sound: awful
Skill levels: 1
Lives: 4
Screens: 8
General Rating: Waste of money.

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Superness isn't looking too good for Gran. Trapped in an unattractive blocky landscape, no wonder she needs an anti-grav blet.