& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Canonrider by Ariolasoft is a game that I switched
off after only a few minutes playing. I found it too
difficult and couldn't get any further than the first
few screens; I didn't have the patience to persevere...
forward a few years and I decided to have another crack
at it and found it to be better than I first thought.
It's still very tough, and even infinite lives will
still leave you with a challenge.
control a lad sat on a cannonball - a bit strange, but
that's how it is. Your aim seems to be to locate eight
bags of gunpowder and find the large canon. There are
plenty of little puzzles to solve, which usually means
collecting a specific object that destroys an obstacle
that blocks your path and prevents you from accessing
further rooms in the castle. You may need to map the
castle too as there are tons of similar looking rooms
with nasties everywhere. It's fun once you understand it
and get into it, but it does get rather dull...
The ending begins...
Our hero gets off his
...and lobs it into
He takes a walk over
to the other side...
He waits for you to
press the FIRE BUTTON...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I solved all of the puzzles but had problems with the
gunpowder part so I poked the value up to eight and then
went to the canon room. I only cheated a little this
time.. He he
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The ending is a short animated sequence which shows the
canon rider get off the the cannonball, which then gets
inserted into the end of the canon. He then walks behind
the canon and when you press the fire button the
cannonball is fired. Sparks are seen near the end of the
canon and the ball shoots across the screen. A large
block appears with the words 'WELL DONE' on it. The
words flicker various colours and the game restarts on
pressing the fire button.