Happiest Days OYL
• Publisher: Firebird
Our Game Rating:
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HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE
by Firebird Software
& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Happiest Days of your Life by Firebird is a tough
arcade / adventure game. It's similar to Everyone's a
Wally by Mikro-Gen, in the sense that it's a 2D
flip-screen adventure set in a small town, where you
have to collect and place certain items in the correct
positions in order to progress in the game. You play the
part of a schoolboy that has been accused of theft of
the headmaster's wallet. The aim of the game is to get
some evidence to prove your innocence and return the
wallet to the headmaster's study in order to receive a
pardon and avoid expulsion from school. There are plenty
of screens to explore with lots of items to collect. The
graphics and animation are quite basic with a very
simple control method and straightforward game play.
It's very tough to complete as there are quite a lot of
puzzles to solve, but most are pretty logical. I'd only
recommend this game to those who have played similar
games before and like a long and tricky challenge.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I followed a Spectrum solution, but found that the C64
version differed slightly. Having been stuck for a long
time at a certain point, I poked the item I needed into
my inventory. Top quality cheating.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
On collecting the pardon while holding the two other
required items, the end sequence is triggered. Colourful
shapes bounce around the screen while a message is shown
in the centre. The message reads 'WELL DONE. YOU
FINISHED THE GAME. I THOUGHT YOU WOULD NEVER GET HERE.
YOUR WINNING CODE IS 9197852479HD'. You are also
prompted to press a key to restart the game.
- Neil: Not a
great ending. After hours of game play all you get is a
few lines of text. Oh no. That's the end of the happiest
days of your life...
- Vinny: Wow! I'm
really chuffed to finally see the ending to this game.
Back in my youth I spent HOURS trying to complete this;
then hours trying to hack it; then years ignoring it. It
really was one of those games that I had a bee in my
bonnet about, but just couldn't manage to complete it.
Finally - the end. 2/10.
- Andy Vaisey:
Well done my arse. Whatever...
- Andrew Fisher:
Oh, that's very disappointing, isn't it? Firebird should
write 100 lines, "I must have a better ending".
- Brendan Phoenix:
Good to see the ending of this one, whilst no great
shakes it is at least a hard game off the 'to do' list.
I wonder what the code was for? Competition?
- DannieGeeko: I
also spent a LOT of time trying to complete this
badly-programmed game but half the items you couldn't
collect at certain times, even with the Spectrum
solution, so it's good to see it's finally been done.
But, what a disappointment, no end screen! Even a screen
of the headmaster forgiving you would have been
FINAL SAY: I was expecting it to end like the
Spectrum version, but it doesn't.
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