The All New Alan Cartridge Files
By Wayne Womersley
my fellow Commodore fanatics, great to be back with you all
again. Commodore Scene may have gone but I have returned stronger
and more powerful than ever. Unfortunately TERMINATOR 2, PANG and
TOKI reviews I did have disappeared so I will carry on from where I got
to, perhaps one day these files may turn up or I may re-do
them... And finally many, many thanks to Richard Bayliss for
allowing these files on his wonderful site... CHEERS DUDE!
Alan Cartridge walks a short bridge...
Time for some more Cartridge fun!!!
Many thanks to Allan Bairstow for lending me these Cartridges, Cheers -
You're a Star!
- ATARISOFT 1983
This is really classy old
style arcade action at its best. The idea being to shoot the
'CENTIPEDE' that works its way down the screen from left to right, top
to bottom towards you. As you shoot the CENTIPEDE it fragments
into smaller CENTIPEDES making your job harder. There are also
Mushrooms and Insects that appear that you can shoot for points.
Plenty of frantic joystick blasting action on offer here. If
you've ever played JEFF MINTER'S 'GRIDRUNNER' or 'MATRIX' you'll have
an idea what this game is like.
Until I played this version my favourite game in this style had been
TONY CROWTHER's game 'BUG BLASTER' released through ALLIGATA.
Centipede has all the trademarks of a good conversion, fast, smooth
gameplay, faithful sound effects and above all else it's a great
game! The sad news I'm afraid is that you're not getting anything
different if you have it on tape, disk or cartridge, all versions
appear to be the same! But with gameplay this good - who
cares? The good news is if you got the original ARCADE SPECIAL of
COMMODORE SCENE it's on the coverdisk - GO PLAY IT IMMEDIATELY!
DO check out TONY CROWTHER'S 'BUG BLASTER' as well, personally I think
TONY's Version has better graphics and some nice extra touches.
Many thanks to SHAUN BEBBINGTON who managed to get me the Cartridge of
this game off EBAY, it only cost 7 quid, that included postage and
packing - Bargain!!! SHAUN tells me the Commodore 64 version is
VERY similar to the ATARI 2600 version.
MS PACMAN / ATARISOFT
One of the many follow-ups to the original PAC MAN, this game was also
featured on the coverdisk of the ARCADE SPECIAL. Its basically
PAC-MAN but with a female character the player controls. Until I
played this my favourite game of this type had been Munch-Mania by
Mastertronic (Programmed by Martin Ellis who also programmed PHANTOM OF
THE ASTEROID!). This is a very faithful recreation of its arcade
parent, granted the screen display isn't the correct dimensions like
the arcade version (the game fills the top and bottom borders in the
arcade!) but the control method 'feels' right for this sort of
game. They've even got the jingles from the arcade game in here
too! Top geek points if you spotted JIM CARREY playing on the
arcade machine of this in the film 'MAN ON THE MOON’! It's fun if
a little limited, also there have been so many PAC MAN conversions I
didn’t really feel this added anything new or significantly different
to this style of game. Fingers crossed PROTOVISION will finish
and release PAC-IT soon - I've high hopes for this game...
REVENGE OF THE PHANTOM NERDS (PART ONE)!
There's been quite a few of those plug-in T.V. Joysticks just
recently, there's another NAMCO joystick out which features MS PAC MAN-
It should be good 'cos the first one is Ace!!!
Ms PACMAN is ALWAYS popping up on EBAY so why not check it out, you've
no excuse, it's SO easy to get hold of...