• Publisher: US Gold/Ocean
• Developer:
Synapse Soft.
Release Date: 1984
Ken Coates
GFX: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 18%
Our Game Rating: 65%


FILE: doughboyend.zip


> DOUGHBOY by U.S. Gold / Ocean

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Today I stumbled on the game, Doughboy. It's another one that I'd never heard of, but found pretty good...

You control a soldier over five levels and have to rescue the president that is held captive in a small cell on level five. You need to work your way through the levels and then guide him back to safety. On your way you will encounter tanks, missiles, enemy soldiers, ships, bunkers, trenches, rivers, fences etc... the usual ingredients of a war game. This is, however, a more light hearted and cuter game than normal, and reminds me of the game Canon Fodder. It's tricky, and at times will have you tearing your hair out - but once you get into it, it can be a lot of fun.

The graphics are cute and all the levels are different so the game play isn't repetitive.

"Stand clear!"

"Get in!"

"We're in!"

We have lift-off...

Off they go...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: If you manage to break the president out of the cell and make it back through the minefield, you have won the game. An end scene shows the soldier and the president being picked up by an allied forces plane in the darkness, and then flying off into the distance. The final screen is a message to Doughboy, congratulating you on your teams success. You are awarded the congressional medal of honour for you brave service.


  • Neil: Nice end to a gem of a game. I'm not sure many have played this one. Give it a whirl. 6/10.
  • Vinny: Now here's an oldie I've never played before. I remember seeing the advert for this game many times throughout 1984 in various computer magazines. I wasn't too sure what kind of game to expect and never really felt compelled to find out... until now!

    Wow! Considering it's from 1984, it's actually a cool little ending. 6/10 from me too!
  • Brendan Phoenix: Not half bad, little animation, music and a short congratulations message. Defo sneaks a just above average score.
  • Andy Vaisey: Well, the GFX are a little crude and rough, but given the age of the game this can be forgiven; overall a pleasant enough ending that other games should take note of.
  • Andrew Fisher: I'd heard of it but never played it until I got the American Action compilation (with Soldier One and the Synapse game 1943). It does look very dated but one or two interesting ideas in there.

    As others have said, a pleasant surprise to get some animation on top of the text screen. Nice.

FINAL SAY: Neat little ending! I'm surprised it had one!

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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