& Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
For those of you who don't know, Viz is a popular
British comic magazine that has been running since 1979.
The comic's style parodies British comics of the
post-war period, notably The Beano and The Dandy, but
with incongruous language, crude toilet humour, black
comedy, surreal humour and either sexual or violent
storylines. It also sends up tabloid newspapers, with
mockeries of articles and letters pages.
1991 Virgin Games decided that it was time to release Viz
The Computer Game featuring popular characters from the
comic. A lot of the comic's humour is transposed into
the computer game, but with an obvious rein on content
and language - which could be quite close to the mark at
times. The game features
three of the popular Viz characters: Buster Gonad,
Johnny Fartpants, and Biffa Bacon, all with their own
separate challenge. With colourful backdrops and
sprites, and some jolly tunes from Jeroen Tel, Viz was
almost certain to be a massive hit, but the game was
unfortunately let down by the fact that it was a
multiload, and had difficult and unforgiving game play...
Johnny Fartpants is
on the Winner's podium...
In an alternative
ending, Buster Gonad is on the Winner's podium...
And on the third
alternative ending, Biffa Bacon is on the Winner's
The Town Hall
building start to shake...
...rattle, and roll!
CRASH! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used a trained version of the game by The Sharks that
allowed me to jump straight to all three endings from
the character selection screen.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
You see your character standing outside the Town Hall
and the Mayor close by. Your character is jumping with
delight of winning, and all of a sudden, the Town Hall
starts to shake and clouds of dust appears as it falls
down. All the other Viz characters are standing amongst
the rubble. This is accompanied by an ending ditty.
- Frank Gasking: I really loved the CF demo they had back in the day,
but the full game was really disappointing as it was far
too hard and the loading was terrible. That is one game
I'd love to see a EasyFlash hack so that we can have it
on cartridge - instant loading!
My original copy
of Viz was pinched from someone in secondary school - as I stupidly
took it in, then an older kid pinched it off me and
wouldn't give it back. I couldn't tell any teachers as
the game was of course X rated :-)...
- Brendan Phoenix:
I had this on the Amiga (crappy ST port with washed out
graphics) and that version was also ROCK HARD. I
remember the Viz Top Tips appearing during the long load
The C64 version however does have some great colourful
As you say, short ending, but it's ok-ish - a humorous
epilogue would have been nice.
- Andrew Fisher:
While I liked the idea, I always found the gameplay did
not live up to the graphics. It's a very good ending.
- Matt Rogers:
Not downloaded it yet, but that looks great! Certainly
worth an 8. Mickey's Monkey Spunk Moped is still the
best Viz strip known to man.
- Andy Vaisey:
It's a shame the game play doesn't match the GFX
throughout. But yay! A decent ending!
Don't waste money buying expensive binoculars. Simply
stand next to the object you wish to view.
"Hello, good evening and bollocks!" - priceless :-)
HERE to view more endings.