& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Karnov is a standard side scrolling arcade game by
Data East. The arcade game was average, but
unfortunately the C64 version is a very poor spectrum
conversion. You control a Russian, fire-breathing,
circus strongman called Karnov (appeared in later Data
East games as a villain.), who's mission is simply to
find treasure. You have nine levels to fight through to
get to the end...
Just an additional piece
of information... Frank Gasking of
GTW mentioned that there was a better version of
Karnov in the pipeline. Full details can be found
The final end of
level boss is defeated...
...and the map is
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using an infinite lives cheat and level skipper.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have completed the ninth level, collected all
pieces of the map and killed the final end-of-level bad
guy the game is complete. You then get to see an
animated Karnov, throwing gold coins in the air to
celebrate his success in aquiring his fortune. Game
credits appear at the bottom of the screen showing all
the staff that worked on the game. The game then ends.
- Frank Gasking:
I think the Karnov ending is worth 6/10. I think mostly
where it loses points is the lack of sound, but there is
a nice little animation, a nice graphic and some fading
in credits which was far more than I was ever expecting
from the game. As for the game itself, I just wish it
was so much better than it was..... being able to
explore everywhere with the ladder was great, but the
speed of the game just crippled it completely.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Good ending and faithful to the arcade original.
What a pity the port was awful, could have been a shed
load's better - missed opportunity.
- Andy Vaisey:
Yucky game redeemed by an okayish ending.
- Andrew Fisher:
Quite impressed by the ending, but I've never been a fan
of the game itself or Electric Dreams' decision to port
the Speccy version straight to the C64.
Although the end isn't too bad, it looks crap. It fails
to make the grade.
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