Hudson Hawk

• Publisher: Ocean
• Developer:
Special FX
Release Date: 1991
Code: Robert W. Tinman

GFX: Ivan Davies
Music: Keith Tinman

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 82%
Our Game Rating: 85%


FILE: hudsonhawkend.zip


> HUDSON HAWK by Ocean

• Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Back in 1991 Bruce Willis was THE top movie star, and it appeared that anything he touched turned to gold. That was until Hudson Hawk, an American comedy movie co-written by Mr. Willis himself, came along and fell flat on its face at the box office. It's now classed as one of the movie industry's all-time Rotten Tomatoes. The thing is, I was one of those rare people who actually enjoyed the movie! I thought it was fun and exciting :) I couldn't see what all the fuss was about!

Needless to say that Ocean grabbed the franchise for this one and produced a platformer to be proud of (I wonder if Bruce Willis ever played the game?) The game comprises of some great mapping, cool graphics, great tunes and game play to boot. All in all a great release for the Commodore 64 - even if it did get a little frustrating in places! So did the ending follow through?

Finally made it to the end...

...and retrieved the Mirror Crystal.

I just said that!

Oooo... there is is :)

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I think Brendan used a trainer version of the game. I used one by Nostalgia to record the ending sequence and capture the images above.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: One you have completed the final level (level 3), an ending message appears that reads: "CONGRATULATIONS HAWK! YOU HAVE MANAGED TO RETRIEVE THE MIRRORED CRYSTAL." The ending image then loads and appears, which shows the Mirrored Crystal in its full glory. This is accompanied by an ending tune. A press of the fire button takes you to the final message, which reads: "CONGRATULATIONS HAWK! THE GOLD MACHINE HAS BEEN TOTALLY DESTROYED, TOGETHER WITH THE ALCHEMY PROJECT! YOU HAVE SAVED THE ECONOMIC FATE OF THE WHOLE WORLD."


  • Vinny: It's exactly the ending I expected, but not the one I hoped for. I was expecting a little more action in the visuals and also some animation. A great game and a very safe ending. 5/10 from me.
  • Frank Gasking: I remember the reviews in Commodore Format, but never got chance at the time to play this game. In later years I finally did, and found out that I missed out on a really superb game. Graphically brilliant, with some nice comedy touches - it is a lot of fun, if a little tough in places. I also enjoyed the Game Boy version a lot.

    As for the ending - it follows the in-between screens of levels and doesn't give anything extra... but I guess you get a brilliantly drawn picture, text and music - which is a lot more than you get from most games!. I think 5/10 is a fair result!
  • Andrew Fisher: I also enjoyed the film - when I saw it years later on TV. The game has some good moments and great graphics, especially the static bit maps. One of them is in that end sequence, which is alright but not spectacular.
  • Andy Vaisey: I can't say it was one of my all time favourites, but I didn't think the film was that bad and did enjoy it.

    Game was sort of OK. Pretty average actually, like the ending.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Never seen the film, but the game is damn good. One of the best platformers for the C64. Ok ending too.

FINAL SAY: A very safe ending...

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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