• Publisher: Activisoon
• Developer:
Release Date: 1988
Mike Chilton
GFX: Hugh Riley
Music: Russell Lieblich

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 90%
Our Game Rating: 89%


FILE: predatorend.zip


> PREDATOR by Activision

• Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Believe it or not - I have NEVER seen the movie, Predator. If the computer game is anything to go by then the movie must have been a box-office smash...

Predator is a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up that certainly packs some punch. With atmospheric gameplay and crisp graphics (by Hugh Riley who created The Last Ninja graphics), the game is definitely worth a high review mark, which it was awarded by ZZAP! 64 magazine scoring it 90 percent. It does get a little frustrating at times, and there is talk that the European version of the game is impossible to complete due to a bug in the log section! I've never played it long enough to find out.

So with such a great game under their belts, you'd think that the coding team would ensure the ending was going to be good...

Our hero completes his final mission...


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan used a TRIAD trained version of the game and skipped straight to the ending.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once our hero has reached the final part of his mission, the screen goes all fuzzy (see image 1 above) and then the ending screen appears in the form of a bitmap screen depicting a... erm... I think it's a burnt down forest. Maybe it's something that happened in the movie. This is then followed by the 'GAME OVER' screen and your final score.


  • Vinny: A very poor ending for such a cracking game. It's getting 2/10 just because I like the image. It could have done with an ending tune and some cool animation.
  • Matt Rogers: I forgot this was in the archive and had a go at completing it myself recently. It's true that the Euro one cannot be done as it's impossible to pull the trunk up in order to squash the alien; the US version runs twice as slow as the Euro one making it deeply unplayable - not sure if it's a NTSC emulation issue.

    The end pic is indeed an incinerated forest as the alien detonates himself at the end of the film - you've never seen the film!?

    Treat yourself to the Dairylea-fest soon. 'Mine's as big as a house!'
  • Andrew Fisher: The game has some interesting ideas, but I get the feeling ZZAP helped hype it for System 3 by giving it a higher score than it really deserved... Ending pictures are pretty average.
  • Andy Vaisey: After watching the superb film, I never really got into the game. I thought it was a bit boring to be honest, being very repetitive on the first few levels which put me off I suppose.

    The game looks cracking though. Good sprites on cleverly designed backdrops which scroll in parallax and which sprites pass behind to maintain the effect. Very slick.

    The ending. Oh dear. I appreciate the screen imitating the nuked forest in the film, but no music and a dodgy looking digitisation of Arnie... a huge opportunity missed.
  • Gaz Spence: A classic film that made me nervous when walking in the woods - a problem as I live in the countryside. The game makes a good fist of portraying the film, particularly with the dense forest graphics. The ending's ok - a simple static screen followed by other of the man mountain Arnie. I'd rate it a 4.5/10.
  • Stefan Guerilla: I'd like to second what Kobayashi said above - especially the fact that the euro version couldn't be completed. I read somewhere that the offset of the rope that one needs to pull at the end was incorrectly converted and effectively ended up outside of the screen.

    Thought the ending wasn't as bad as one would think - but then again, the screen appears a bit unmotivated: indicating that there was an explosion wouldn't have been so bad!

    Contrary to (I guess all?) other opinions, I didn't like the game much: way too slow (might have been the conversion issue noted in the review), and although all weapons from the movie are present, they all fire the same (except bows and spears maybe), which is a huge letdown - why would you struggle to get that mini gun when it finally shoots like a pistol?!?

FINAL SAY: Missing so many ending elements :(

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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