• Publisher: The Power House
• Developer:
Alpha Omega
Release Date: 1986
Code: Jason Kendall

GFX: Jason Kendall
Music: Jay Derrett

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 80%





> SQIJ! by The Power House / Alpha Omega

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

So there I was, minding my own business and wading through the thousands of Commodore 64 game entries in Gamebase 64, when I stumbled on this little fella. I remembered that I own an original of it, but wondered why an original .TAP file of this game wasn't available in the database. So being the kind fella that I am, I decided to preserve a copy of the game for Gamebase 64 (now completed and sent), but at the same time checking it out to see if it's worth crazy hacking.

A week later, I had created a full-blown crazy hack (which you can download from HERE) but I also managed to secure the game ending - which isn't what I originally set out to do, and so it's a massive bonus.

If you haven't played SQIJ! by The Power House, it's a gently, almost child-like, platform adventure game that has you controlling a bird called Sqij in search of pieces of the Ener Tree. It's not a difficult task (especially with my hack!), but does require patience in the exploration...

Nearly there!

The tree is complete!

The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I ripped this one to pieces and produced one of my Hackersoft crazy hacks, which included a feature to skip straight to the ending. You can download the crazy hack from HERE.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have collected and placed all the pieces to the tree, it starts to flash and then the ending message appears, which reads: "WELL DONE!!! YOU'VE SAVED SQIJ FROM ALMOST CERTAIN DEATH BY STARVATION. THE ENERTREE STANdS TO THIS VERY DAY IN THE CAVE OF 'LOTZ-TOO-WEET' GIVING CONSTANT SUPPLY OF FOOD TO SQIJ AND ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS."


  • Vinny: There's not really much to this ending... it's nice to see some effect with the tree once it's built, but then we get a small ending epilogue. 2.5/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: Ah, The Power House. Dumping ground for stuff that wasn't good enough to release on CRL's full-price label.

    Vaguely recall playing this for a few seconds and the moving quickly onto something else. It's an ending that tells you that you have reached the end. That's all folks.
  • Brendan Phoenix: The old C64 trick of giving you one life to play with! Similar in a way to Metabolis by Gremlin, this one just reeks budget title (or should that be budgie?)

    Ending nothing to write home about but better than most we have seen.
  • Andy Vaisey: Load game, play game, game ends. Move on.

FINAL SAY: I'm just glad they didn't use the Birdie Song as the title tune!

G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10

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