The Dam Busters
• Developer: Sydney Dev.
J. Stuart Easterbrook
ZZAP64 Game Rating:
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THE DAM BUSTERS
by U.S. Gold
& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Even as I type this I am
singing the theme tune in my head. This game was one
that a friend of mine owned when we were kids but I
showed no interest in it at all. I found war related
games, films and history very dull at that age. The game
itself I suppose is a decent enough simulation of the
historic event given the C64 limitations. You have to
take off, dogfight across Europe and then blow up the
dam with your magnificent bouncing bomb. It's very
tricky as there are lots of dials to watch and levers to
pull while at the same time navigating and shooting
enemy planes. I did actually enjoy this once I got into
it, but it takes a while to do so and will require you
to read all of the manual and learn every inch of your
plane. Normally this isn't my cup of tea, but top marks
to the makers and of course to Barnes Wallis for his
"There she goes..."
# SPLOSH! #
# KA-BOOOOOOM! #
# Glug, glug, glug...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I played this on and off for months, creeping slowly
across Europe and saving my progress. The bombing run
took numerous attempts but I finally got all the
parameters right and dropped the bomb at the right
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
If you fail, there's an animated sequence which shows
the bomb missing the target and you are given
information on why it failed. If you succeed, the
sequence is the same at first, showing the bomb bouncing
along the waters surface. This time though, you see an
explosion at the dam and the water pours out through the
hole you have made. A message at the bottom of the
screen reads 'JOLLY GOOD SHOW, SQUADRON LEADER'.
There are also suitable sound effects followed by a
- Neil: A decent
ending to a decent game.
I felt quite proud to beat this one as it took a lot of
fiddling with various switches and controls. I'm not
into flight sims, but this one wasn't so bad so I stuck
with it. Great feeling to see the dam finally crack.
Lucky I wasn't the real pilot during the war... The dam
would still be in one piece, but someone fifty miles
south would no longer have a house...
I've never had the pleasure of playing this game
because, like Neil, I wasn't really interested in
war games or anything associated with war (except
Beach Head, Raid Over Moscow, Commando, and Who
Dares Wins). But I do remember my school mates
spending HOURS trying to complete this game but
failing every time.
As for the ending... it's rather cool.
Simple maybe, but still very good; and I suspect
that my school mates would have cheered with delight
having completed the game and seen this ending. 6/10
from me too.
- Andy Vaisey:
That's an ending that *should* have been
expected! Pretty cool!
- Andrew Fisher:
I've never managed to hit the dam myself, so
great to finally see this nice little sequence.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Not half bad at all. Fitting end sequence, nice
little animation of the bouncing bomb with ok spot
FINAL SAY: Bravo. I think that's rather
spiffing old fella.
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