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Automan

• Publisher: Bug Byte
• Developer:
Bug Byte
Release Date: 1985
Code: Unknown

GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

Our Game Rating: 71%
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> AUTOMAN by Bug Byte


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Automan was a naff TV show in the 80's featuring a bizarre character as the hero. He looked like a game-show host in a neon Tron suit and had a trusty electronic sidekick called Cursor. They fought numerous villains in this typically far-fetched TV show. It's what you'd expect from Glen A. Larson I suppose. It's also remembered for Automan's crazy car that could turn corners at 90 degrees. I remember seeing an advert for this game as a kid but thought it was never released as I didn't know anyone who bought it.

The game itself is a 'Jet-Set-Willy' style platform game with poor graphics and animation spread over four different zones. Each zone is linked by a sub-game where you drive a car around vector based streets in pursuit of a villain's vehicle. Your aim is to collect evidence, defuse bombs and find the enemy's hideout. It's one of those games that looks pretty awful and will put you off immediately, but there are pieces of a decent game buried beneath the poor visuals. A better graphic artist and some slicker coding would make this game vastly better. It's also way too hard - as you would expect. You don't get enough lives and the bombs detonate way too quickly.


The final piece of evidence is found...


The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I saved my game as I gathered evidence and worked my way around the city. It's very tough. You really have no hope without cheating.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have worked your way through the zones, collected evidence and defused the final bomb, the game ends. If you have enough evidence you will win the game. I collected more than enough, but poked the code to get the maximum evidence to test it's effect on the ending. The value of your evidence just relates to the villain's jail term. The ending screen is simply a few lines of text which reads 'CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE SAVED THE CITY. YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CONVICT THE LIZZARD. HE IS SENTENCED TO 250 YEARS IMPRISONMENT'. (I thought he deserved a long stretch inside).

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: Crime does not pay. Unless you're a programmer. You can get away with murder...
     
  • Vinny: Frank Gasking of GTW recently asked me to look at this game as he thought it would be a good candidate for one of my crazy hacks. I'd never actually played the game and so it was a good chance to familiarise myself with it before playing with the code. I know this sounds crazy, but I actually enjoyed playing the game, but they may have something to do with the fact that I coded in the 'walk through walls' cheat whilst playing :)

    With regards to the ending... what an absolute pile of cack! Seriously - even the typography for the ending text is trashy. Definitely 0.5/10 score for this ending.
     
  • Frank Gasking: I never heard of the TV program, which may have been a bit before my time, but neither had I heard of the game. To be honest, unless I had picked it up as a kid - I doubt I'd have played the game unless I was searching for a flip screen game for Vinny to hack. It's a pretty generic game overall, and the ending unfortunately isn't too great considering how much of a pain it may well have been for many to play.
  • Andrew Fisher: The game - very much of its time, the difficulty is off-putting and it is badly put together

    The TV show - it was not naff, I enjoyed it as much as Street Hawk and Knight Rider. And Cursor was a better actor than the Hoff...

    The ending - automatically deserves a low score for being simply text.
  • Andy Vaisey: Rubbish TV show, rubbish game, rubbish ending. Overall, rubbish, in a rubbish kinda way.
  • Brendan Phoenix: I have never even heard of the show!

    Man that ending is bad. No thought process whatsoever, font, background screen - so basic.
  • Gaz Spence: Must admit that the series past me by and from some of your comments it's maybe just as well. The game strikes me as being rather old fashioned even for a 1985 game and the ending is entirely without merit.

FINAL SAY: Crap TV show, crap game and crap ending. A hat-trick !

G.E. RATING: 0.5 / 10

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