Black Lamp

• Publisher: Firebird
• Developer:
Release Date: 1988
Stephen Ruddy
GFX: Stephen Ruddy
Music: Tim Follin

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 78%
Our Game Rating: 75%


FILE: blacklampend.zip


> BLACK LAMP by Firebird

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I am surprised that this game was coded by Stephen Ruddy of Bionic Commando fame. It really is a poor game with tacky sprites, unresponsive controls and overall a very bad game. The only saving grace is Tim Follins music. So with all that in mind, do you think Stephen put some effort into the ending?...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a cracked version of the game to get me straight to the end.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Nothing much apart from the above epilogue screen and a small, simple ditty by Tim Follin.


  • Vinny: There really isn't anything that captivates me about this ending: the tune is really bad, there is not animation, no cool picture, and it's totally flat. Even the epilogue contradicts itself: how on earth can Jack have collected all the lamps if there are more to collect! DOH!
  • Andy Vaisey: A friend of mine bought this on the strength of the ZZAP! review and screenshot. Unfortunately for him, ZZAP! had used a 16-bit (I think) screenshot and obviously the C64 version looked nothing like it. See what I mean here... Although I thought the GFX were ok, as was the music, I found the gameplay somewhat lacking; all the ingredients seemed there, but the final wave of the magic wand hadn't done it's thing. Sadly, this average gameplay is backed by a less than stellar text ending.
  • Gaz Spence: A game I've never tried myself but ending ticks all the boxes in the can't-be-arsed category.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Any game which has those lame endings where they say you need to go back and collect more - they should be docked points! Grrr
  • Andrew Fisher: Terrible ending, which fits with the very bland and repetitive gameplay.

FINAL SAY: Maybe 2/10 is too high a mark!

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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Copyright İVinny Mainolfi