Blinky's Scary School

• Publisher: Zeppelin Games
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1990
Code: Ian Copeland

GFX: Richard Beston
Music: Adam Gilmore

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 72%
Our Game Rating: 85%





> BLINKY'S SCARY SCHOOL by Zeppelin Games

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Now here's a spooking thing... no - not the game; the fact that I've had the original of this game for 20 years, and I have never bothered playing through it! And the only reason why I eventually played it was so that I could work out what cheats I was going to add to the crazy trainer hack that I was building for it! Fortunately, one of those cheats was the game ending :-)

Anyway - it's a cracking little platform adventure that deserved a little more than the 71% that ZZAP! 64 magazine gave it... but then again - were they also score the ending? ...

Time to wake up the old fella...

The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Naughty, naught me... I produced one of my crazy trainer hacks that added 29 extra in-game features, and one of them allows you to press the letter 'Q' to jump straight to the ending. Here's another way to complete the game with my 'modified' version:

  • Jump on the cauldron and press 'F' to fly up
  • Press '5' and '6' to give you infinite lives and energy
  • Go onto the second screen and press '3' to go up a screen
  • Then '3' again to go up another screen
  • Then go left into the screen with the guy in the bed
  • Jump on the platform above the bed and then press 'G' to activate all tasks
  • The game is complete!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have woken Hamish McTavish, the ending screen appears with the message: "CONGRATULATIONS BLINKY. YOU HAVE COMPLETE YOUR TRAINING AND ARE NOW A FULLY FLEDGED GHOST. HAPPY HAUNTING...." This is also accompanied by an ending tune.


  • Vinny: I'm a little disappointed to see that there wasn't any ending animation, which I was expecting. A let down, and only scored more than I would normally do due to the ending tune, which I like :-) 3/10.
  • Andy Vaisey: A pretty standard 'explore all the rooms' type game which had been done a million times before, albeit usually not as well presented as this. A disappointing ending, even for a budget game.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Great graphics and presentation let down by a shoddy ending. Enough to put the willies up you!
  • Andrew Fisher: A very ordinary ending... I personally feel ZZAP! got the score about right, yes Blinky has personality and there is a good atmosphere to the game, but it's not really a big advance on any other "explore the castle" style game.
  • Gaz Spence: I admire the atmosphere in the game, due in no small part to the excellent graphics. The ending is no great shakes however.

FINAL SAY: A great game but a let-down ending :(

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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