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Rollerboard

• Publisher: Pirate Software
• Developer:
Capital Software
Release Date: 1987
Code: Joost Honig

GFX: Joost Honig
Music: Marco Swagerman

Our Game Rating: 75%
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> ROLLERBOARD by Pirate Software


• Completed by Martin Pugh (Pugsy) & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Here's one I remember buying back in the day and getting it home not knowing what to expect as I had never heard of the software company, Pirate Software. I was relieved to find that it was an okay budget game - if a little hard - and took up most of my weekend trying to see the ending - even trying my hand at hacking the game too. Unfortunately it was not to be, and would eventually require the expertise hacking of the great Martin Pugh (Pugsy) to share a cheat or two that would allow me to play straight through the game and see the end.

The game itself houses quirky, and at time, basic graphics; some crisp and clear sonix with some effective tunes, and all wrapped up in a typical budget release package. So much more could have been done to enhance this game, but as it stands, it's an acceptable cheapie.


Finally! The end...


Nearly there!


One final wheelie...


Phew!


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Well... here's what Martin posted on our forum: I've completed it, no point in sending the ending...you can do it yourself with this rough and ready invincibility cheat:

Code:
Rough and Ready Invincibility
POKE 51526,0 { > c946 0 }
POKE 51592,96 { > c988 60 }

Just enter the pokes start the game, hold down fire and warp VICE to Level 14. Then just play level 15 at normal speed, easy peasy.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you get to the end of level 15, a graphical acknowledgement appears, which shows "THE END". Our skateboarder then darts of the screen and pulls a wheelie, at which point the ending message appears, which reads: "CONGRATULATIONS FRIEND. YOU MANAGED TO COMPLETE ALL THE LEVELS IN ROLLERBOARD." This is accompanied by an ending tune.

COMMENTS:

  • Martin: ...prepare to be disappointed.

  • Vinny: I'm probably going to be a little bias with my scoring on this one as this game, for some reason, has some sentimental value in my heart! Maybe it was something to do with the time I purchased the game...

    Anyway - the ending is okay and more than what I expected. A little acknowledgement in the level graphics of the ending; an ending message, and finally an ending tune. I actually like it.

  • Neil Collins: Brilliant. I didn't know this one was beaten. I thought level 14 was deliberately made to be impossible.

    Not a great ending, but I really believed this one had no end. Well done for beating it guys!

  • Andrew Fisher: Interesting... not many games give you the choice of ending the game there or continuing!

  • Brendan Phoenix: Grrr, games with half the screen taken up by some scoring panel (or skateboard) in this instance, ala Red Max and Last V8 really get my goat!

    Did have a bash at this a while back (cheat-less) and it was rock hard. Good to see it beaten and off the wanted list.

  • Andy Vaisey: I'll add this to my list of games I've never seen and must try when I've got time...

    Is this really an ending if you have a choice to carry on playing? Odd?!?!

FINAL SAY: As basic as it is - I'm actually impressed!

G.E. RATING: 4.5 / 10

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