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Top Cat: B.H.C.

• Publisher: Hi-Tec Software
• Developer:
Pal Development
Release Date: 1990
Code: Al Dukes

Title GFX: Richard Morton
Music: Julian Potts

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 60%
Our Game Rating: 83%
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> TOP CAT - BEVERLY HILLS CATS by Hi-Tec Software


• Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins

Top Cat! The most effectual Top Cat! Star of one of the most popular cartoons by Hanna-Barbera. This release by Hi-Tec Software is a three level game based in Beverly Hills where you take control of T.C. Your aim is to round up your gang of fellow alley cats and find Benny who is hidden within a large mansion. You have to avoid dogs, skateboarders, birds etc and collect various items that will aid you on your journey. The puzzles are very simple. It's a case of collecting items and activating them at the relevant location in order to progress. The graphics are ok, but sometimes quite messy in parts and the game is quite glitchy with several bugs. It's easy to play with a few large maps to explore so it's quite good value. It's definitely worth a look if you like this kind of game...


There's Benny!


"Hey - Benny, Benny, Benny..."


"Hiya T.C."


"Let me show you the way..."


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:

  • Neil: It's quite simple to beat, although I had to play it through a few times. Many of the cracked versions are bugged so you can't rescue Benny. I eventually found an uncracked version which I was able to beat.
     
  • Vinny: I hacked my way to the end by using cheats I created. You can view the cheats on my HACKS & CHEATS page.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have unlocked the room that Benny is trapped in, it's just a case of approaching him and the game is beaten. The pair of cats walk across the screen and disappear off the side where the wall has now opened so that they can escape. A large 'GAME OVER' appears and the game restarts.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: It's basically a simple 'game over' message, with a tiny bit of animation before it. It's certain not the most tip top, top cat. It's rubbish. 1/10.
     
  • Vinny: Like Yogi Bear & Friends, Top Cat is a fun 'search and find' arcade adventure with some nice graphics (nice loading screen), sound, and game play. It's only really let down by the ending, but I think it deserves a little bit more than the 1/10 that Neil gave it because it has a little animation sequence and dedicated ending tune. Still only worth 2.5/10 though :(
     
  • Frank Gasking: Same with Yogi Bear, I found the running around a little boring - so didn't enjoy it like a lot of the Hi-Tec games at the time. The ending is pretty poor, jumping straight to a game over message after a very quick animation sequence. I guess there is the tune though, which adds a little. 1/10.
     
  • Andrew Fisher: Vinny compared this to Yogi Bear & Friends... I wonder if the code is very similar too? I suppose it's better than nothing, but a rather drab ending to a game that never really impressed me (compared to some of the others in the range).
  • Andy Vaisey: This game feels untested to me for some reason; it's boring too. Not surprised by the less than average ending.
  • Gaz Spence: I'm not a fan of these games with pseudo 3d effect - it never convinces - and the ending hits a 'bottom' rather than 'top' note.
  • Brendan Phoenix: I agree about these games with that type of effect - never convinces, looks all wonky to me.

FINAL SAY: Very disappointing. I hoped for far more than this.

G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10

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