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Avenger

• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1987
Code: Jason Perkins,
               Mark Charles Rogers

GFX: Steve Kerry
Music: Ben Daglish

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 86%
Our Game Rating: 88%
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> AVENGER by Gremlin Graphics


• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Now here's an ending that took an extra bit of effort...

Back in 2007, Inge Pedersen sent in the ending for Avenger in .C64 format. It's now the beginning of 2014 and time to add the ending, but for some reason I couldn't get it to work! So - I took it upon myself to play through this game, which I hadn't played before in my life, and so I knew I had a challenge on my hands!

Avenger by Gremlin Graphics is a neat Gauntlet-style shoot-em-up arcade adventure coded by the great Jason Perkins (him of Thing on a Spring, Monty on the Run and lots more C64 greats!) and Mark Rogers. There's more to it than just running around a castle and bashing the hell out of all the baddies. There are set tasks that you have to perform before you can finally collect the scrolls and exit the castle. It's a great game to play - especially when you have the 'walk through walls' cheat turned on!


The final item to collect is the scroll.


Once collected, you are given you final task.


Found the exit!


Just over the bridge and you're there...


...almost done!


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a trained version of the game with infinite energy, keys and stars, but that wasn't good enough. So - I created a 'walk through walls' cheat to get through the game. It still took me two hours!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have collected the scrolls and made your exit from the castle, the ending screen message appears, which reads: "THE GRANDMASTER OF THE DAWN NAME YOU WELL AVENGER. FOR NOW YEAMON. NOT I WILL LANGUISH IN INFERNO. TREASURE COLLECTED 99. YOU HAVE COMPLETED 100%." This is accompanied by a very, VERY short ending ditty.

COMMENTS:

  • Vinny: Considering I used a load of cheats to complete the game and it STILL took me 2 hours, I was expecting a better ending - involving some kind of graphical epilogue and a fabulous Ben Daglish ending tune :( Though I enjoyed playing the game, I feel that the ending is a let down. Though I'm guessing that they ran out of C64 memory to add any more because it is a large game! 1/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked the idea and there were many good touches to it. The missions for certain objects made it more than just a Gauntlet clone...

    ...and I played it a lot, only to die repeatedly due to a bug when collecting a particular item (the grill above some guy's head). I'd always run out of energy and die there and could not work out what to do.

    After all these years, to find out it ended with a text screen is bitterly disappointing. Bad show, Gremlin.
  • Andy Vaisey: Another text ending? Maybe you should buy a new domain: c64textendings.co.uk?
  • Gaz Spence: Not a bad gauntlet clone, done in a very colourful style. Gremlin does not have a good track record with endings and this one unfortunately does not buck the trend one bit.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Avenger always seems to be forgotten that it is actually a sequel to Way of the Tiger.

    Not a massive fan of Gauntlet type maze games, but the graphics were nice and bright.

    Both this and Way of the Tiger differed in the way they played, what they have in common are the p*ss poor endings.

FINAL SAY: Great game. Poor ending :(

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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