& Reviewed by Neil Collinsi
The Big Deal by Ariolasoft sees the return of Floyd
the Droid - the robot star from a previous game release.
It's quite an original game where you have to help Floyd
prepare, cook and serve food to hungry customers at a
fast food restaurant. The graphics, sound and animation
are all pretty good but there's a major flaw. The game
play is so complicated and difficult that the game is
virtually unplayable. Even with hours of practice you
may deliver the odd simple item to a customer on time,
or serve it incorrectly or even cold - but to get a
tricky order out on time is bordering on impossible. Add
that to the fact that the customers keep queuing up and
placing orders and you are left with a game that you
just can't enjoy. It seems many other C64 gamers have
the same opinion, which is a shame as this game looks
the business and could well have been an interesting and
original title. I've spent too many frustrating hours
playing this one. Please be warned before playing this
game that you will end up putting in a lot of work for
very little enjoyment.
The final kitchen...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I gave up trying to beat this legitimately so I poked
about in the code. After several attempts I was able to
affect the memory locations that held the variables for
the hour, day, meals served, waiting time, damage etc. I
was then able to complete successful services.
(NOTE: I tampered with the
stats to see if I could reach a higher level. I could
affect how the kitchen number you reach is displayed on
the end screen - but you can't actually reach a higher
level than four in the game itself).
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The aim of the game is to make it to the top
restaurants. You only get a week to do so, so you need
to achieve a certain score to advance to the next one.
The highest level you can reach is kitchen four. On
completion of this level you get a final screen which is
similar to that of when you fail a level. It shows a
small picture of a damaged Floyd (even though my robot
was undamaged), with the words 'LOOKIN' WORSE'
displayed below it. A few charts below it show the
statistics of your week - which include customers
served, damage, speed of service, burnt food etc. Next
to that you get a 'GAME OVER!' message and
confirmation that you made it to kitchen four. Below
that your final score totals are shown.