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JAVA JIM IN SQUARE SHAPED TROUBLE
by Creative Sparks
by Rio Baan
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
There aren't that many Commodore 64 games out there
that I still haven't seen or played, but Java Jim is an
acceptation to that rule. Don't get me wrong - I have
seen it... plenty of times: on the shelves in the shops
back in the eighties, in my friends' collections, on
Gamebase 64... but for some reason I'm just not that
fussed about owning or playing it. I'm not sure why
because judging from Rio's comments below, it actually
sounds like a fun game to play. Maybe I'm saving this
one for retirement!
The final item is
...and the flying
boat is complete.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Multiple game state snapshots were hurt in this reaching
of ending. I regret nothing.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
I finished building the magical escape craft - and then
discovered that the game didn't end! Frustrated, I
decided to commit suicide by wasting all my lives - at
which point I got to the end screen! Go figure...
- Vinny: Once the
magical escape craft is shown, the ending message
appears, which reads: "YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE MAGIC
VESSEL AND FLY OFF INTO THE SUNSET."
Why couldn't they just give me the ending once I'd
completed building the craft? Why did I have to kill
myself off first? Why the crappy end screen, given the
difficulty of this game? Why do I have to ask so many
Fun, original game... however
given the ending, winning it is a complete anti-climax and a waste of time. I want those
few hours of my life back. 1/10.
- Vinny: I'm not
going to touch this with a barge pole! 1/10 from me too!
- Andy Vaisey:
A interesting little game with a poor ending. Well,
actually, taking into account the age of the game, it's
good it has an ending, but strange in the way it has to
be 'accessed' by murdering your on screen persona.
I wish the square pattern on the title screen was
animated flag style...
- Andrew Fisher:
The presentation seems very similar to the Danger Mouse
games also from Creative Sparks. The unusual way of
reaching the ending reveals bad programming, and it is a
FINAL SAY: I want those few hours of my life
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