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Piranha
Don Priestley
1987
Arcade: Adventure
£8.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Richard Monieiro
Chris Bourne

Cartoon capers from Piranha.

Berk and Drutt, the two cartoon cuddlies, are back with a vengeance. The Trapdoor had you controlling the wonderfully animated Berk in the dingy corridors of the Bad Tempered Thing's castle. The sequel not only lets you manhandle larger-than-life Berk, but also his bouncing buddy Drutt. The adventure starts when hapless Boni (the skull) gets plucked from his abode, and subsequently taken to an underworld by a headless bat. Both Berk and Drutt must travel through four underground regions to recover their pal.

You have 16 lives with which to hunt for Boni. It sounds like a lot, but there are many hazards and you lose a life roughly every 90 seconds. Berk, the large blue thingamiwatsit, is the main character. Drutt just bounces around satisfying his craving for worms and occasionally, with great trepidation, gets Berk out of a hot spot.

The four regions are fraught with dangers and puzzles. There are pits, icicles, bats, and other menaces to dodge. The task usually involves locating a key and taking it to the nearest door - it is in this manner that you pass to the next stage.

As with the original, the graphics are bold and superbly animated. Berk's facial expressions have to be seen to be believed. And Drutt, who insists on gobbling every passing worm, is cute in his own special way. The tasks are harder than the original, but could still do with a little tweaking. A game worth getting if only to watch the big, bumbling characters.

Reviewer: Richard Monieiro

RELEASE BOX
C64/128, £8.95cs, £13.95dk, Dec 87
Spectrum, £8.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £8.95cs, £13.95dk, Dec 87

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 88/100
1 hour: 85/100
1 day: 78/100
1 week: 70/100
1 month: 55/100
1 year: 20/100

Keeps you glued to the screen for a surprisingly long time.

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SPECTRUM VERSION

There's some tremendous animation to the large cartoon-like characters on the Spectrum. Sound is little more than the odd pleasing effect, but this doesn't really detract from the fun or the enjoyably tricky puzzling.

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Berk and Drutt look on as the headless bat takes Boni off to the lower regions.