& 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
The final piece of
evidence is found...
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).
- 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 !
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