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Quicksilva Ltd
Arcade: Platform
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Matthew Uffindell, Lloyd Mangram
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 90%
Graphics: 95%
Playability: 90%
Getting Started: 95%
Addictive Qualities: 90%
Value for Money: 85%
Overall: 92%

Of Both Bugaboo and 3D Ant Attack, we predicted 'great things' and went out on a limb after a few glasses of Quicksilva's champagne to say that both games were in the top class. Evidently sales and popularity in the CRASH HOT-LINE have borne this out, less perhaps in the case of Bugaboo.

No one has ever bettered the loading screen sequence on Bugaboo, with its totally cinematic titles. It's not necessarily a point in the game's favour, but it surely does get you in the right frame of mind to play it.

As the months go by and software improves, past hits seem to disappear out of memory, Bugaboo is still one of my favourite games on the market. The graphics are among the best, and I rate it around the Jet Set Willy, Atic Atac class. After seeing so much great software over the last several months, this game still has a fantastic addictive quality and is still one of the best games produced for the Spectrum.

The thing that still strikes about Bugaboo is the unusual and attractive screen layout. But it's not only good to look at, it's also cleverly designed to make life difficult. Everything about the game, as far as I'm concerned still stands up well to later software. Any game loses much of its addictivity once conquered and I know a number of letter writers have said that they don't want to play it again. But to me, it seems that Bugaboo always demands skill in timing and forward planning to beat it.

(Matthew) I wouldn't quarrel with any of the ratings in the original review, and if anyone asks me what should be their first game for the Spectrum I tell them, Bugaboo.

(Lloyd) I wouldn't argue with the graphics rating or playability, perhaps the addictive rating was a trifle high - it has something to do with the dragon! He's a nuisance!

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Still one of the best, Bugaboo casually awaits the end...