Spiky Harold

• Publisher: Firebird
• Developer:
Release Date: 1986
Code: Simon Clarke

GFX: Unknown
Music: Graham Marsh

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 48%
Our Game Rating: 79%





> SPIKY HAROLD by Firebird

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Spiky Harold is a game that I used to own on the Amstrad CPC464. I'm not sure which version of this game came first, but they all look like they were made on a Spectrum. This cute platform game allows you to control a hedgehog named Harold. The main sprite (Spiky) is pretty big, which makes avoiding enemies quite difficult. Winter is on it's way, and your aim is to collect the food that is scattered around the place and then get to Harold's home so that he can hibernate. You start with a lot of lives, which you will definitely need as some of the screens are very difficult and require pixel perfect jumping. The graphics are not too bad although they are monochrome, and the screens vary in their design as you make your way through them. There are 57 items to find before you can go into hibernation. Overall it's not a bad platform game, but it is very tricky which may put some players off.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I typed in some pokes that I found in Zzap64 which removed all of the enemies. Excellent! (Vinny: I have created a crazy hack for this game so that you can easily view the ending. Download it from here.)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The final item to collect is a wine glass that you find in Harold's home. Once you collect this you get a message on the screen which reads 'CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE GAME'.


  • Neil: Another poor C64 ending. I hope the programmer went into hibernation after this. Shame on you.

  • Vinny: I was a fan of this game back in the day. Even though it is seriously difficult to play, I still spent hours trying to complete it. Unfortunately, it was never to be - but now that I have seen the ending I am glad I didn't spend any more time trying to see the end :( What a pile of poo.

  • Andy Vaisey: I have never enjoyed platform type games like this, so passed on this release originally, particularly after reading the ZZAP! review. I just loaded it up in VICE for the first time ever out of curiosity and everything about it made me cringe - poor graphics, poor sound, dull gameplay... need I go on?

    Seems my decision to pass on this game all those years ago is justified, particularly having now seen the unimaginative ending, which is a big dollop of poor on a stick.

  • Kungfufurby: A mere congratulatory message over what appears to be the end of an in-game level... to me, I'd give this a thumbs down. I'd give it a 0.5/10 for the message, but there isn't much else for me to boost this rating. I'm assuming the background is the end of an in-game level.

FINAL SAY: Oh come on.... That's awful!

 G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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