& Reviewed by Neil Collins
This game was on the
Wanted List for a long time and gave a few of our
team members a headache. I had never played this game
before and gave it a quick go, but failed miserably to
get as far as everyone else. I decided to give it
another bash a few months later, and see if I could
cheat my way to victory. I decided that I need more
resources in the game to win and attempted poking away.
Rats is a game based on the groundbreaking James Herbert
horror novel. The aim of the game is to research and
develop weapons to fight off the plague of killer rats
that are taking over London. The game is played in two
styles - one being a strategy game where you plan and
position your resources on a map, and the other style
being a menu driven text adventure game where you are
put into random situations where you confront the rats
first hand. Your aim is to stop the rats taking over or
escaping London, while keeping the main characters in
the game alive. It's a very difficult task as the terror
spreads quickly and your resources are minimal. I quite
enjoyed playing this game as it is pretty original and
creates a good atmosphere of horror. The graphics and
sound are basic with the game play quite simple but very
challenging. I think it does a decent job of recreating
some of the terror of the book. A must for horror fans
who like a tough challenge.
The ending begins...
...and more blah.
"HURRAH! The Leader
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I tinkered about to stop my resources decreasing - so I
had unlimited police, fire and pest control services.
This allowed me to flood the map and stop the rats
progress while the research guys developed weapons. I
also had to work out the solutions to the smaller text
adventure parts that involved the main heroes, as their
death means game over. These took a few attempts, but
were quite logical in their solutions.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The final part of the game is a larger text adventure
part that ends in you confronting the large, double
headed leader of the rats that features in the book.
Once it is killed the game is won and a description of
it's death is written on the screen. It goes on to tell
you about the offspring that escapes you, which means
the terror would probably continue one day. The map is
then shown and a scrolling message confirms the leader's
death and that victory is yours. Your final score is
then shown and the game ends. The score is based on how
well you did in the small text based scenarios
throughout the game.
FINAL SAY: Not very exciting, but as expected.
It ends like the book.
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