by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
Herobotix by Rack-It is game that I played on the
Amstrad CPC464, but not on the C64. I always wondered
whether it had an ending as I couldn't get anywhere in
the game because the map seemed too large and confusing
for me to make any progress...
with my emulator, cheats and a piece of graph paper, I
decided that today was the day I found out. The game is
quite simple in design with average graphics. The action
takes place in many similar looking single screens which
link together with hundreds of passageways and tunnels.
Many are blocked with force fields that need to be
turned off at terminals scattered throughout the map.
The aim is to find and collect the pieces of a super
weapon which allows you to blow up the main computer and
escape. There are tons of aliens and robots that will
kill you, so you need to be pretty good to live long
enough to beat the game. The sound is ok; it plays
smoothly and there's a lot to explore and map out. It's
a reasonable budget game that will keep you busy for
quite some time - although the action does get dull
quite quickly. After mapping it out, I finally made some
progress after years of trying. At last... I was about
to find out whether it had an ending...
Yer man reaches his
himself inside (the lazy get!)
In he goes...
...and off he goes.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used some infinite energy pokes and mapped the game
out. Eventually I found all the weapon pieces and made
it to the end screen.
cheated too - but I started the game and froze it with
my Action Replay Cartridge, went to MONITOR, and typed
'G 6849' - which is where the game ending sequence
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
On entering the final screen of the map we see our
herobot teleport aboard a large spaceship - which sits
in a docking bay. The ship exits the bottom of the
screen as you hear the engines power up. The final
screen shows some text which reads 'CONGRATULATIONS.
YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE MISSION. ON ARRIVAL REPORT TO
HEADQUARTERS FOR DEBRIEFING'. A star field zooms by
in the background and a cool little tune plays.
- Andy Vaisey:
Hmmmm... 5/10 is a bit generous in my book... I'd have
said 3. An 'ok' game with an ending. Nothing more
- Andrew Fisher:
Not a bad ending for a budget game, it's one I enjoyed a
bit but never really persevered with
- Brendan Phoenix:
Below average for me - but I suppose above average for a
Hewson game ending!
spaceship, some animation, a jolly tune - that's pretty
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