• Publisher: Flair Software
• Developer:
Flair Software
Release Date: 1991
Code: Ian Davison

GFX: M. Sample, P. Nixon
Music: Adam Gilmore

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 40%
Our Game Rating: 65%


FILE: elvirathearcadegameend.zip


> ELVIRA: THE ARCADE GAME by Flair Software

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Flair Software released three Elvira games on the C64. Two were RPG / adventure games, and the other was a platform game. The game was simply called Elvira: The Arcade Game. Not the most exciting game title, but the game itself isn't too bad...

Elvira: The Arcade Game is criticised for it's poor graphics, which I don't think are too bad actually. It's colourful, with three vast levels to explore - each with it's very own theme. The worst thing about the game is the control method. It's slow and unresponsive - which is what you don't want in a game where jumping accuracy is critical. The aim of the game is to conquer the three areas in order to become queen of Transylvania - a challenge which Elvira has undertaken based on a dream encounter with the king Gustav. It's quite a challenge that will require a map and some nifty game play. I tried and failed a few times to beat this game. I was always intrigued as to whether or not this one had any sort of ending...

King: "'allo darlin'"

Elvira: "HUH?"

King: "I said - allo darlin'"

Elvira: "fuuuuuuck ooooff!" The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I just couldn't beat it without cheating. I eventually used a level skip cheat. Sorry. I just had to.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: A short piece of animation shows a crown rising from the king's head and settling down onto Elvira's head. A sinister little tune plays and the words 'CONGRATULATIONS. ELVIRA'S MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED', is displayed at the bottom of the screen.


  • Neil: It's a decent ending to an average game. It's not gonna win any prizes, but it's the best ending of all the Elvira games. By miles. 5/10.
  • Vinny: Now here's a game I've always wanted to see the ending to. I couldn't ever complete it - not even with cheats - because it's one of those annoying platformers that needs pixel precision perfection. Don't you just hate games like that? Anyway - as Neil said, it's a nice enough game and worth a play or two, but try and avoid reading the ZZAP!64 review that game this game an overall score of 40%! The rascals!

    WOW! Nice ending. I wasn't expecting that at all! Very nice. 5/10 from me too.
  • Andrew Fisher: The preview on the Commodore Format covertape put me off playing the full game, it just didn't grab my attention. But that is a decent animated ending, which goes with the rest of the good presentation.
  • Andy Vaisey: Not a bad ending at all, 5/10 sounds about right to me. Shame about the preceding game though.
  • Brendan Phoenix: I'd be happy if the majority of endings on the C64 were of the same quality as this one.

FINAL SAY: I like it. A decent tune, nice graphics and neat animation.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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