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Sentence

• Publisher: CP Verlag
• Developer:
Unicorn Soft.
Release Date: 1990
Code: Roy Fielding

GFX: Roy Fielding
Music: Dave Green

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 81%
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> SENTENCE by CP Verlag / Game On


• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I spend quite a bit of time going through thousands of games in the Gamebase 64 database looking for something to either hack or grab the ending to. On this occasion I was specifically looking to see if my good friend Roy Fielding had produced any other Commodore 64 games (apart from Hektic II), and much to my delight he had - a game called Sentence...

Sentence is an arcade platform game that has you playing the role of Johnny who has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. It's set in a future where sentences could be reduced by entering the dangerous assault courses and taking on the prison fighters. Johnny wants to reduce his sentence as he shouldn't have been imprisoned in the first place...

With great presentation, nice music from Dave Green, and some tough old game play, this game actually packs a punch - even if it's not perfect in Roy's eyes. The only downside is that there isn't enough variety; but that said, it's still a cool - but tough - game and well worth a play or two. Thinking about it, back in the day this would have been a perfect Mastertronic or Codemasters £1.99 release...


Just a little more energy to deplete...


Yaaaaay :-)


Let's get in the hi-scores table...


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I cheat to the high heavens by using a trained version of the game. But I was also able to hack the ending:

- Load the game and press fire to start;
- Freeze with an Action Replay Cartridge;
- Press 'M' to go into Monitor mode;
- Type 'G 16DA', which will fire up the location $16DA, which is the game ending routine.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have defeated the final bozo, the ending screen appears with flashing, coloured text that reads: "WELL DONE!! YOU HAVE SHOWN GREAT COURAGE AND SKILL IN THE 'JURY OF ENDURANCE'. YOUR REWARD FOR COMPLETING THE 'J.O.E' IS FREEDOM. KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN AND STAY CLEAR OF CRIME. LET'S HOPE YOU'LL NEVER NEED TO RETURN!!" This is accompanied by an ending tune by Dave Green.

COMMENTS:

  • Vinny: To be honest with you, I was expecting some kind of animation at the end and then an epilogue, and so I'm a little disappointed. I suspect that Roy had a reason for such a lacklustre ending. 2.5/10 from me because it has an epilogue, a specific ending tune (though a little slow) that I like, and because I don't want to upset Roy ;)
  • Roy Fielding (the coder): To be honest with you, I'm ashamed of this game... Awful graphics and awful code. I don't suppose the premise for the game was too bad, but the implementation was shockingly bad.

    The reason for such lacklustre ending was the usual: couldn't be arsed. The game was that crap, I never imagine anyone would even play past the first level. If the game was decent and fun, I'd have been more inclined to put more effort into a rewarding end sequence. It was sloppy code done with a machine code monitor. If I could, I'd wipe it from history. It should never have existed.
  • Andrew Fisher: Looks a bit like Knucklebusters. Some nice colour bars but hardly an epic ending.

FINAL SAY: Roy deserves a 'sentence' for this ending ;-)

G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10

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