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State Soft Ltd
Richard Huddy
Arcade: Platform
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Richard Price
Chris Bourne

NO PRIZES for guessing that Bristles is a painting game - yes, all right it could have been a shaving game, ho ho.

Right, grab the stick and guide the little housepainter round the house. Do it fast - there's a very tight time limit. Be careful because there are dumb buckets, flying half pints, steam pipes and sundry other aggravating hindrances. There's also Brenda the Brat who sticks her nasty little mitts on your nice new paint and loses your score.

The house is shown in cutaway on screen with time indicators below. You use ladders and lifts to reach the various floors and the various nuisances will knock you back to the basement or deprive you of a brush if you collide with them.

Although there is nothing new about the scenario, the game is certainly ultra-fast and demanding on your reflexes. There are eight buildings with six skill levels for each, making a total of 48 permutations.

If you're into this sort of thing then sit back, switch your brain off and get sploshing.

Richard Price

Memory: 48K
Price: £7.95
Joystick: Sinclair, Kempston, Protek.