& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Superhero by Codemasters is an isometric adventure
game in the style of Head Over Heels / Knightlore. It's
a game that should be far better than it is. There are
two major problems... the first being that the entire
playing area is not visible (I don't know why - maybe a
PAL/NTSC problem?). This makes things very difficult as
you can't see deadly objects off screen. The second is
that it is way too hard! You'd need at least 300 lives
to beat it as you die within seconds of entering some
rooms. Without these two major flaws, the game would
have been pretty good.
of the game is to collect the spirits of the guardians
that block your path through the world, which send you
to the deadzone. If you make your way out of the
deadzones and find the final room beyond the last
guardian the game is beaten.
is huge so there's lots to explore, with many items to
collect. The graphics aren't great, and look a little
stretched and the sound isn't too good either.
wouldn't recommend this game to anyone. It's just too
hard. You will end up throwing your joystick or keyboard
across the room in fury...
The final room...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I played many cracked versions, but they all crash on
entering the deadzone so be warned if you're gonna give
this one a go. I ended up poking my own lives cheat into
a raw original tape version and worked my way through it
with a map I found online. The spirits seem to appear at
random positions - so you will need to explore every
room. It will take you some time. Only try this if
you're very, very bored or a touch insane. Sadly I kinda
fit into that category.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once all spirits are collected, you can access the last
location on the map. On entering this location the game
is complete. A message appears on the screen which reads
'CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE WINNER OF THE
ULTIMATE GAME. SUPERHERO. (C) CODEMASTERS 1988'. A
jolly little tune plays before the game restarts.
Super Hero by Codemasters is one of those games that
I purchase, for the sake of completing my
collection, but never really played due to the
isometric view and also the fact that I can't last
more than a few seconds in the game! It is
INCREDIBLY hard and very, VERY frustrating. I
totally gave up on seeing an ending.
regards to the ending, I wasn't expecting anything
and so I was pleasantly surprised. It seems to have
it's own little ditty and also an ending message.
I'll give it 2.5/10.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Nothing 'Ultimate' about it - though it does share a
cack ending like many an Ultimate game
- Andrew Fisher:
Another game where the ZZAP! review put me off
playing. Glad it did, from the sound of it, and such
a poor ending. Maybe good endings were like
kryptonite to budget coders?
- Andy Vaisey:
All round rubbish.
Too much hard work to beat this one for such a crappy
outcome. I'm glad this one is finally over.
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