& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Rock Star Ate My Hamster is a Codemasters classic
that I used to play a lot, and thought I did pretty well
in the game until I realised what the point of it was...
You play the part of a
band manager and his sidekick Clive, who both have to
manage a solo artist or a group of musicians. Your aim
is to release and get your album to platinum status. I
didn't know this until recently, so I had another stab
at it. You can make the band practice, go on tour, buy
them gifts, organise publicity stunts, release records
and various other options. It's all great fun and easy
to play but beating the game is incredibly tough. I only
ever managed to get a number one single, but no number
graphics are quite simple and look as though they have
been directly ported from the Spectrum version. The
sound is minimal and kicks in whenever the band practice
or the charts are shown. It's a decent strategy game
packed with humour and original game play.
always wanted to beat this one so I made it my mission
to do so...
Oh yes! A No.1
selling album :-)
"So what have you got to say to that Murdock?"
"Time to jump ship!"
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Having failed in the charts numerous times I decided to
poke my chart position up to number one. I kept doing
this while touring to ensure my record sales were huge.
We all know the charts are fixed...
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
If you manage to get the four gold discs, your album
goes platinum and the game is beaten. The discs at the
bottom of the screen light up and Clive says 'WILD
CHIEF! WE'VE JUST GONE PLATINUM!'. The band manager
responds with 'RIGHT ON CLIVE! I COULDN'T HAVE DONE
IT WITHOUT YOU! YOU'RE FIRED!'. The game then
restarts on pressing the fire button.