Activision Inc
James Software Ltd
Arcade: Platform
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: Lightning fast arcade action occurs as you feebly attempt to keep up Merton the Maintenance Man's work rate in this simplistic game of platform pretension. Our Mert's night shift is supposed to be in a toy factory where valves blow up balloons which, in their turn, convert into terminal toys if not avoided and/or dealt with. Just to complicate matters a little, an unpleasant character called Hefty Hilda wanders about, turning back on the valves Merton has turned off and thoroughly nobbling the poor devil in the event of, er, body contact. Piston platforms can also deliver unpleasant surprises to both hero and villainess. The single screen 'wraps round' so exiting our hero from one side. Within its relatively limited content, Toy Bizarre hangs on as reasonable entertainment value for those with quick reactions but it's difficult to avoid thinking that this is one format that has almost been caned to death. 2/5 HIT

Dave: This game is in need of some maintenance - the controls are sluggish and the collision detection leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, Merton the Maintenance Man isn't up to the task. 2/5 MISS

Ross: This is a fairly simple platform game with nice graphics and some novel ideas, but not much else. I liked the balloons but was bored by the rest. 2/5 MISS