Countdown to Meltdown

• Publisher: Mastertronic
• Developer:
Creative Sparks
Release Date: 1984
Code: Unknown

GFX: Unknown
Music: None

Our Game Rating: 78%




• Completed by Sandy Duce
• Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Back in 1984, I was crazy about this game! I know it's cack, but I used to spend hours trying to complete it, but to no avail.

This game spent a considerable amount of time on the WANTED list, and I had near-on given up on ever seeing the ending. That was until I received a kind email from Sandy Duce who said that she had the ending and did I want it. Of course I wanted it! Needless to say that it didn't take too long (4 days) for it to be placed on this site. So here is the ending...

All the rods are in place:

Rod Hull is sorted;

Rod-ney Trotter is done;

Rod for your back is complete.

The End Rod.


SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once all the rods in the inventory have been used up, the core temperature goes down and when it gets to 900, the screen flicks over to the end message. The message reads: "MELTDOWN HAS BEEN AVERTED. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN YOUR MISSION. YOUR TIME FOR THIS MISSION WAS ##:##:##. SEE IF YOU CAN DO IT IN A SHORTER TIME."

Before the ending message, there is a short animated sequence that shows our hero doing something with some other guy (oo-er, missus). I'm not quite sure what's going on here, but sometimes our hero runs for the door, and other times he just stands there!


  • Vinny: A very strange ending with a typical sub-standard ending message.

  • Gaz Spence: I think you're a little harsh on this one, Vinny. Small animation sequence and ending text rounds the game of nicely, in a no thrills type of way. Worth a 4 to me.

  • Andy Vaisey: What on earth is going on there? And yet another text ending. Come off it...

  • Andrew Fisher: Maybe what happens is based on how quickly you complete it, or something you have to do? Anyway, I would have been annoyed to get through the game and then just see that short movement and a text message, even back then. Pants.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Someone gets his rod out and splashes it over some dude's face! Nice ending! Seriously I think it sucks - it's a horrible game and we are presented with a white screen with some boring message on it. 1/10.

  • Neil Collins: Agree with Bren. Very poor ending indeed. I expected it to be pretty crap. Just glad it's off the list.

FINAL SAY: Very poor.

G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10

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