• Publisher: Rack-It
• Developer:
Release Date: 1988
Code: Gary J. Foreman

GFX: Unknown
Music: Jason Page

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 46%
Our Game Rating: 68%


FILE: orionend.zip


> Orion by Rack-It (Hewson)

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Orion by Rack-it (Hewson) is a action/platform game. This is one of those C64 games which many gave up on either because they didn't know how to play it, or found it too difficult to stay alive long enough to enjoy it. I gave up on it for both reasons. Having found a trained version of the game, I decided to give it another shot.

The aim of the game is to control your trooper around four different planets, each with four different zones. You are given a chemical formula before each level and you must find the elements of the formula within each level. This sometimes means jumping from planet to planet, as different zones are rich in different elements. It starts off pretty simple, with formulae such as H20 etc, but they get more complicated as you go. The final formula has about 15 elements, so it gets pretty difficult. It's a very tough game as the enemies come at you from all directions at speed, so you need to play this game a lot to sharpen your skills. By the time I had completed most of the game, I found myself pretty good at it. It isn't that bad a game after all. It just needs to be a little easier, so that you can get the best out of it.

"So what are the scores, George Doors?"

Eh? A Storm Trooper?!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have collected the final element of the last formula, you have to beam off the planet. Your bonus points are then calculated and added to your score for the last time. A large picture of the victorious trooper is then shown with a large Orion logo above him and the words 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' below. A star field moves in the background as a neat victory tune plays. Following that, a congratulations message pops up with your new ranking of 'BETELGUESE'. The game is complete !


  • Neil: I'm very happy with this ending. It's a decent end to an unusual game. It took a few hours to beat, but it was worth it.

    Nice to see some effort put into an ending. I really thought it was just going to give me the usual 'Game over' message. A bit of info for you - Betelguese is one of the large stars within the Orion constellation. Well I never knew that. Playing this game has been a chemistry lesson and astronomy lesson all rolled into one!

  • Vinny: I've always owned an original of this game but never really played it! I actually remember the day it was released as I worked in a computer game shop and had the job of unpacking all the new games - lucky me :) I was allowed to purchase it for cost price, which was 99p.

    I too was a little surprised to see this kind of ending. Nice picture, good message and a satisfactory tune. I'd go for 6/10 too.

  • Andrew Fisher: I really enjoyed playing it when it was given away on a covertape... but it was never a big favourite, and while it was polished it did not seem to live up to the Graftgold legacy.

    Still, I am surprised to see a nice ending - I've got a few levels in but never close to completing it. The stormtrooper is a nice graphic, although don't let George Lucas see it!

  • Gaz Spence: One of the more obscure Graftgold releases and I haven't played the game myself. The ending is a nice surprise - a cool pic and an additional screen of text. Thumbs up!

FINAL SAY: It's a decent end to an unusual game.

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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