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Elfin Software Ltd
1983
Arcade: Action
£5.95
English
ZX Spectrum 16K
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Chris Bourne

In Grid-Bug you must guide a hero bug across square or along the grid surrounding them, eating the strawberries in the squares. If you cross an empty square, you leave a strawberry behind, which must be eaten. On the grid there are spiders which eat bugs, and at least one which runs across the squares. When a screen has been cleared of strawberries (170 of them) the next screen contains more spiders.

The trick is to clear the squares, using the grids to move between empty squares so that you don't leave more strawberries behind. That's it.

CRITICISM

'The game is fun to play and is addictive. The graphics are fairly simple, but sheer Playability makes up for this.'

'This is a grid game with a novel difference. The object is to collect strawberries placed in the grid squares, whilst avoiding the spiders, and that's all there is to it. An original game, perhaps for the younger players, although all the same, it's not worth buying.'

'The main problem with Grid-Bug is that it doesn't really contain enough to be interesting after a few minutes play. It does manage to be quite difficult, especially on the later screens when there are a lot of spiders out to get you, but it doesn't add up to being very playable and therefore not very addictive. The graphics are small and the use of colour isn't very exciting either.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: Q/A up/down, C/B left/right
Joystick: Kempston
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: basic
Graphics: block, small and undetailed
Sound: average
Skill levels: progressive difficulty
Lives: 5
General Rating: Mixed opinions from poor to good.

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Strawberry Fields forever, but keep the spiders at bay.