Postern Ltd
Ragrob
1983
Arcade: Maze
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Chris Bourne

DIGGER TAKES THE CAKE

DINKY DIGGER from Postern may well remind you of Pac-Man but this time the monsters are trying to eat you, and probably succeeding most of the time.

The object is to clear the screen of cherries, eventually grabbing the cake to be found at the centre. The Pac-man-like monsters meanwhile are doing their best to prevent you achieving your aim, but it is possible to eliminate the monsters by throwing a crystal ball at them, or by running under an apple in the hope that it will fall and flatten them.

Even if you succeed in getting rid of a monster or two, unless you have extremely nimble fingers you are unlikely to progress very far into the game. One monster is followed quickly by another and slow response to the movement keys makes it almost impossible to out-run them.

Most people will find they have lost a life in no time and it is a pity that the authors have added to the frustration of the game by making the player wait for an infuriating little tune to finish before embarking on another attempt. When the game is finished, a score table is displayed which features an action sequence of the hero throwing a ball at one of the monsters and, appealing though that may be the first time, it serves only to slow the action when it is repeated.

Dinky Digger is definitely not for the novice: although it might appeal to experienced players eager to improve their keyboard skills.

Memory: 48K
Price: £6.95

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