& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Bazooka Bill by Melbourne House is a game I have
mixed feelings about. It takes me back to the day that a
mate appeared with a pirated version of this game, and
to my surprise it actually loaded on the first attempt.
I remember liking the colourful cartoon graphics, large
sprites and fast action; however, I was quickly bored
with the relentless hordes of enemies and monotonous
racing through the various scenarios that seemed to
be neverending! I was pretty sure that the game just ran on
forever. It was much later that I learned that you can
actually complete the game by following a specific path
and that you had to climb certain ladders at
certain points to unlock different sections of the game.
It's very confusing because it all looks the same, so it
was basically trial and error to find extra pieces of
the puzzling landscape. You eventually reach a point on
the final island where the game ends. If it wasn't for
information I found on the internet I would never
have known any of this. Overall the game is a fast and
fun version of Green Beret. Some love it, some hate it -
but I do think it's a better game for knowing that it
actually has a point to it.
Yaaaaaay. Time for a
Oh! He's off!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I could only get so far before the level looped so I
gave up. I then stumbled across a video of the game on
Youtube which showed how to navigate the last level.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The aim of the game is to rescue General MacArthur. If
you navigate the final island correctly you will find
the area where he is being held. His extra large sprite
approaches Bill and says 'THANKS SON!' before exiting
the screen. Bill leaps for joy while removing his beret.
- Andrew Fisher:
I quite liked the game and its chunky sprites, but I
always thought my copy was bugged as it kept looping and
later levels seemed corrupted.
Great to find there is an ending, and it fits with the
rest of the game (the dancing animation is used at the
end of levels). So, a fun little game with a suitable
but not outstanding ending. 4/10 seems fair.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Defo shocked here, thought this one was a looper.
I do too remember the ZZAP! 64 review - sure they made
reference to the giant arm!
It is a bit of a blink and you miss it rescue moment,
but it is an end - so fair play.
Always nice to get a surprise ending. It isn't amazing,
but worth a quick look.
HERE to view more endings.