Top Cat: B.H.C.
• Developer: Pal Development
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TOP CAT - BEVERLY HILLS CATS
by Hi-Tec Software
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...
"Hey - Benny, Benny,
"Let me show you the
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Very disappointing. I hoped for far more than this.
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