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Hideous Bill

• Publisher: Virgin Games
• Developer:
Virgin Games
Release Date: 1983
Code: Steve Lee

GFX: Steve Lee
Music: Dave Lee

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 72%
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> HIDEOUS BILL & THE GI-GANTS by Virgin Games


• Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins

This game makes me laugh. Hideous Bill and the Gi-Gants by Virgin. It's a Pacman clone from 1983, where you play the role of Bill who is on a mission to rescue his girlfriend who has been kidnapped by some large ant creatures. Always happens doesn't it? Girlfriend one day - stolen by mutant ants the next. Graphically it's not too great with strange sprites and simple animation on fairly bland backgrounds. It's very easy to play and can be fun for a while. You do get some interludes between levels to keep you entertained too. It's a game aimed at younger kids I suppose so I can't be too harsh on it. I'm sure many of you out there remember this odd little game.


The game is complete!


Bill and his lady friend celebrate...


But something's not quite right...


Hmmmm... I'm sure they're being watched!


OH SHIT!


Bill gets a little pissed off!


One last look! The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:

  • Neil: I completed the levels and saved my game as I progressed.
     
  • Vinny: I just froze the game with my Action Replay Cart, selected the MONITOR and typed: G 8790, which jumps you straight to the game ending. Obviously, I had to look through the code first to work out where the ending was sitting ;-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once Bill reaches his girlfriend, they dance around the screen while some music plays. They move around between some large rocks while a creature looks on from hidden positions. When Bill turns his back, the creature kidnaps the girl again and hides. Bill stops in shock before wandering off the screen. He pushes a rock off the side of the screen in anger before he leaves. The creature leaves the screen and then returns briefly. Bill also returns to quickly check if she has come back so the creature exits the screen again sharply. Bill then gives up and disappears again. The game then restarts.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: It's not brilliant, but it did amuse me. I'm sure the ending took up hardly any code too. It's a shame other programmers didn't do the same with their games. 4/10.
     
  • Vinny: Not really my kind of game and so I've never played it... but I like the look of the ending. Very nicely done. 5/10 from me :-)
  • Andrew Fisher: Strange name for a game, the animation at the end is ok without being outstanding. Virgin definitely produced better games.
  • Gaz Spence: I was surprised by the ending in a good way. It's basic like the rest of the game but with a twist that puts it above the humdrum.
  • Andy Vaisey: How odd that a game with such a ridiculous name has passed me by all these years. Might give it a whirl. Nice to see an ending there, even if it's quite simple. Good on the programmer.

FINAL SAY: Very amusing. Good use of the in game graphics to generate a cool little ending.

G.E. RATING: 4.5 / 10

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