& Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Back in the day when this game was released, I never
really paid much attention to it and didn't actually
play it for a single second. Twenty years on, I was
kindly sent a few ZZAP!64 magazines by Frank Gasking.
One of those issues was No.77 and contained the review
to Rubicon (page 14). At that point, I hadn't seen any
screens or read any reviews of this game and so I was
intrigued to find out what it was all about - especially
after seeing that ZZAP! gave it an overall score of
Rubicon is a slick
looking, platform shooter that reminds me of Hawkeye -
with an element of Barbarian thrown in. The game looks
fantastic (see the screenshots below), and plays really
well. It mainly requires you to shoot the hell out of
everything that comes towards you, but now and again
there is a different challenge that after perseverance
and a number of lost lives, it becomes obvious what is
required to progress to the next section - though the
repetitiveness of it does get to you in the end.
A cool, calm and
collective game - but is the ending any good...
I wanted to share a
few of the game play screens before revealing the
This screen has you pitting your wits against a massive,
bald sumo fighter!
Now he doesn't look
"Run for your lives!"
He looks like a green
sack of shite!
The Empire Strikes
Reminiscent of Yie
Indiana Jones eat
your heart out.
Took me ages to
finish this one off :(
Heh-heh... almost too
The final boss...
now the ending...
And so the ending
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used a trained version of the game that gave me
infinite lives and I played all the way though - for
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you finish off the final boss - which is a type of
Loch Ness Monsters - you see an incoming message that
reads: "SAL SYSTEM ONLINE... OK. I'M IN THE CAVE NOW.
EVERYTHING SEEM PEACEFUL." On the display is an
image of a skull. The next message appears, which reads:
"CHECKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. NO RADIOACTIVITY. WEAPONS
IN TACT." Another message appears: "MISSION
COMPLETE. RETURNING TO H.Q. SAVE THE CHAMPAGNE FOR THE
ARRIVAL BOYS." and our hero is shown on the screen
with a smile and thumbs up. The final message reads: "TRULY
GREAT! THE SWEDISH AND US GOVERNMENT SEND THEIR REGARDS
TO YOU. LATER..." All this is accompanied by an