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Viz

• Publisher: Virgin Games
• Developer:
Probe Software
Release Date: 1991
Code: Daryl Bowers

GFX: Lee Ames
Music: Jeroen Tel

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 60%
Our Game Rating: 75%
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> VIZ by Virgin Games


• Completed & 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.

Back in 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 podium...


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.

COMMENTS:

  • Vinny: I know the ending is very quick, but I really love the colourful graphics, the sprites, and the ending ditty. It's a good ending. 7/10 from me.
  • 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 times.

    The C64 version however does have some great colourful graphics.

    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!

    And remember:
    Don't waste money buying expensive binoculars. Simply stand next to the object you wish to view.

FINAL SAY: "Hello, good evening and bollocks!" - priceless :-)

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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