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Jim Scarlett
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

SOMEWHERE in the remoter reaches of the galaxy, on the backward and barren planet Noom, Brian Skywalker, space shepherd extraordinaire, is having a spot of trouble with his tribbles. Tribbles are engaging but maddening items of alien livestock which will not stay where you put them and have no concept of personal safety.

That is a pity, as almost every other lifeform on Noom thinks that tribbles make a very tasty snack. In Tribble Trubble from Software Projects, Brian's Noomrover, full of captured tribbles, has broken down at the foot of Firebug mountain and, somehow or other, you must help him herd his flock to safety through five screens of hazards. That is no mean task, as while you are digging for gems and bridging the waterfall with rocks to provide your means of escape, those tribbles are wriggling out of your ship and have to be rounded-up and stowed back in the hold. Otherwise, the firebugs will nip down for some fast food and you will be out of business.

The program features attractive, fast graphics and a series of complex and taxing problems which encourage you to return again and again to the game. You can use either the keyboard or a Kempston joystick for movement and there is a full demonstration mode at the beginning of the game, coupled with entertaining music. Tribble Trubble is a highly amusing and original arcade-style game. It demands a great deal from the player but gives good value and is a refreshing change from zapping aliens.

Memory: 48K
Price: £5.95
Joystick: Kempston