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Bobby Bearing

• Publisher: The Edge
• Developer:
The Edge
Release Date: 1986
Code: Unknown

• GFX: Toby Egglesfield
Music: Ben Daglish

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 93%
Our Game Rating: 86%
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> BOBBY BEARING by The Edge


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Bobby Bearing is a cool little 3D game by the Edge. It's almost a cross between Head Over Heels and Spindizzy. You play the part of a spherical character called Bobby, who has to find his lost family members within the 3D world and return them back home. This means that you have to find each one and the family members and push them, one at a time, all the way home - which isn't very easy! Many passages are only as wide as one character, so you sometimes have to push the bearing into a certain position and then run around an alternative route of the maze to link back up again with the bearing in order to push it in a different direction. So you need to know the map very well in order to work out the best routes home for each brother. And if that's not difficult enough, you're also against the clock so you need to be quite efficient.

Graphically it's not great as everything is typically monochrome but the game physics are pretty good and you can't fall off the edges of the world - so you stay alive for quite a long time. It's well designed and fun to play, but it some times get frustrating when things don't go your way. Apart from the glitch on the C64 version that displays one of the bearing's names incorrectly it's a pretty solid game that's certainly worth playing...


The family finally make it home...


...and our hero's quest is complete.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite time cheat and a map I found online.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final family member is pushed home the game ends. The screen goes black and a short message appears which reads 'THAT'S ALL'. Below it the faces of the characters of the bearing family are shown in a semi-circle.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: Even just a longer message, or a simple graphic would have been sufficient. All that work for just two words is very frustrating. 1/10.
     
  • Vinny: This is quite a cool game, but seriously annoying! Pushing those family members around does get a little frustrating at times and I've always got to the point where I want to smash my Commodore 64 to pieces and so I turn it off and do some flower arranging instead!

    As for the ending... erm, what ending! Apart from the cool little tune by Ben Daglish, there's nothing there :( 1.5/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: As Charlie Brown would say, good grief. That really takes the edge off any desire to play it.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Un-bearable.
  • Andy Vaisey: A tidy little game with an abysmal ending. What a shame.

FINAL SAY: Another shocker. I expected a little more from this.

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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