• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
I used to be a MASSIVE Roland Rat Fan - I mean a
SERIOUS Roland Rat Fan. When this game was released
way back in 1985 (20 years ago!!!!) I was there queuing
up waiting for our local games shop to open at 9am so
that I could be one of the first to play this fine game.
I am a total Platform Game
freak and so this game feeds my obsession. It is pure
class and deserves to be in anyone's Top 10 C64 games
So does the game ending
follow through and produce the goods?
Roland has opened the gate and walked in to find Errol
Errol and Kevin come to Roland's rescue and take him to
the studio via the lift.
Roland hops onto the lift...
The team are getting closer to Anne and Nick!
Higher they go...
Phew! Made it.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Well ... I did have the infinite energy cheat on and I
also pumped the speed of the game up to 200%, but I
still played all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed
EVERY minute of it :)
I've also found a quick
cheat to take you to the end:
Load and start the game
using an Action Replay Cart
Press 'M' for
Type: G 8098 (this
uses the GO command and goes to mem
location: $8098, where the ending is
The ending will
start. It may not work the first
time, so try again.
You could also go
straight to the ending message with:
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have collected and placed all the pieces of the
door way, you enter and find Kevin and Errol waiting on
a lift for you.
You jump onto the lift and
you are taken up a load of floors to the TV-AM studios -
accompanied by some nice Martin Galway ending music.
At the top, you are
greeted with a 'CONGRATULATIONS' screen with a message
and a load of fireworks - with yet another piece of fine
betcha arse it does! This is an amazing game ending that
emanates pure class. It has a fab storyline end,
cool graphics and superb Martin Galway music. Dave
Collier has really produced the goods on this one and he
deserves all the credit that I have given him (",).
What make are your rose-tinted sunnies, Vin? That is
not a GM, fella! I like the way 'GREAT' comes at ya,
but not much else. 7 tops.
Regarding the ZZAP info.. it's very possible they
saw a preview and things were changed before
release. Perhaps they did not have the rights to the
TV-AM music and so dropped it from the final game?
Brendan Phoenix: You had Roland's love child
Vinny? Going up the lifts is ok, but no real
animation to get excited over. The ending tune is
rather cool, but the congratulations message is
rather poor. I also hate whenever an ending has, '
press fire to restart game ' The little firework
sparks are a nice touch. Would have to disagree with
the GM, take away the music and it's an average
ending - the music bumps it up to a 7. Max.
Stefan Guerilla: Didn't feel there was much
reasoning necessary - just compare this game ending
to any other GM winner so far - that's just no
competition! Yes, there is an extra ending tune, but
the animation is simple and repetitive, and overall
not much going on. The best part about the ending is
how the word 'GREAT' comes up - that was nice. But
otherwise...it's not bad, but just not there for
more than an 'above average' rating.
really can't go wrong with this one. DOWNLOAD IT NOW!
Hopefully by now you will have seen the above game ending and you will know that it is quite a
cool game ending and is certainly a game ending you will
remember for some time to come.
hold on a sec! Check out the follow cutting taken from
Issue 3 of ZZAP 64! magazine way back in 1985 ...
let's take this one step at a time:
1. Gary Penn said, 'the TV-AM them tune is played'
I for one LOVED the old TV-AM theme but at no point
does it appear in the game - or am I missing a trick
here? I am 99% sure that the theme is absent from
the game, so it begs the question: what was Gary
2. Gary Penn said, 'the game restarted with no
WHAT?! Excuse me if I am incorrect, but isn't there
a screen with some fireworks, a Martin Gallway
soundtrack and a game ending message, which you
obviously failed to mention?
one think that the game is superb and a fun challenge.
As for the ending, I gave it a 10/10 scoring - nuff
looks to me as if the ZZAP 64! team received a preview
of the game, and then the programmers decided to take
their comments on board and quickly make some changes to
the game before it was released to the public. What do
you reckon? Am I being a little too passionate about
HERE to view more endings.