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The Edge
Charles Bystram
1985
Arcade: Platform
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Brian Bloodaxe is the first game to feature 'Primary Imbalance'. Hmm - presumably that means it's really zany and has whacky graphics!

As Brian (the Viking), you have to slog through some 104 screens in an attempt to collect the crown jewels, and anyone who manages it can sit on the Throne. In fact, the game's a 'Jet Set' look-alike, but one that's made more complex than most because of the need to carry up to three objects at once and use them in various locations - for example, a red key raises a red portcullis, and so on.

The graphics which inhabit the various screens are all well drawn and animated, and some are very large indeed. They'll not kill the instant you touch, but each contact reduces your energy level.

You can use the graphics to assist your progress on-screen - by hopping on and off them! The game is not as precise as JSW but it does offer something rather different.

Some screens repeat, which suggests there may not be 104 unique locations in total. On the other hand, that's more than made up for by the wide variety of things Brian is able to do. I his one is worth a go! So, go for it! 4.5/5 HIT

Dave: At first sight I thought 'Oh no! Not another platform game!'. But I was wrong - there's much more to do than usual, and the some of the graphics are superb! 4/5 HIT

Roger: Another JSW clone, but who needs it? I certainly don't - I want one where you ride a motorbike on-screen... go to it, you Edge people! 2/5 HIT

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