& 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.
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
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
- 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
- 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!
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