• Publisher: MC Lothlorien
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by MC Lothlorien
& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Scarper! by MC Lothlorien is an original little
shoot-em-up made back in 1984. It's not your standard
side scrolling blaster. This one features an original
little twist. The aim of this game is to protect your
little army of men that march along the bottom of the
screen from all the enemies that attack. You can live
with some casualties but the game is over when all men
die or you run out of lives yourself. It's very
colourful and has many weird enemies and scenarios. It's
fun to play and is beatable without cheats. It does get
frantic too so you need to be quite sharp to progress.
This is another game I'd missed out on and am happy I
finally discovered it. Definitely worth a look.
All your men are
still in one piece :)
"WHAT?! How DARE
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I poked the code so that my little men could take
multiple hits and that my lives never decreased. Easy!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The ending varies depending on how many men survive. The
best possible ending is when all ten men get to the
finish. A message then appears which reads 'IMPOSSIBLE!
ARE YOU A HACKER?'. Oh no, I've been found out!
- Neil: Cool to
see a ending that varies, and a cheeky message
acknowledging my hacking, but at the end of the day it's
only a short line of text. 1/10.
- Vinny: I'm a
big fan of Choc-a-Bloc Charlie also by Steve Hughes,
and I remember seeing both games advertised in old micro
magazines, but never really paying much attention to
Scarper! To me the adverts and cover art for this game
weren't interesting enough for me to part with my money
and so I never got to see the game. Until now!
Twenty-eight years on I finally load it up and have a
play... and what a fine game it is. It's full of great
little touches: fun sprites, delightful music and
fast-paced game play. It's definitely one to look out
...but then comes the ending. So much
charm and energy is not carried over from the game, and
unfortunately this simple text ending message leaves me
annoyed and disheartened :( 0.5/10 from me.
- Andy Vaisey:
Never seen or played this one. Will give it a go over
I like the idea of the ending varying depending on how
many men are saved, but it's spoiled by being text only.
- Andrew Fisher:
Like Andy, I've never played this but will fire it up
later thanks to the 1541 Ultimate. I didn't play
Chock-a-Block Charlie till the 90's either.
Anyway, interesting to see an ending that changes
according to how well you do - and funny to see the
author think it was impossible to win the game without
- Gaz Spence: A
tiny bit of thought with the ending message changing
depending on your performance - a forerunner of the
psychiatric report at the end of GTA 5 methinks.
Original, but very simple and boring. Shame, as it's a
very cool little game.
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