Copyright/Publisher: Mastertronic Ltd, Music by: Rob Hubbard,
Release Year: 1985, Genre: Motorcycle Sports, Number Of Players: 1
Computers and crisps haven't really gone together until now. Mastertronic and KP
crisps have joined forces to bring KP's marketing character to your 64. It's all
been worthwhile too, and although the end result boils down to being a collecting game
it's definitely one of the better ones.
You take the role of Clumsy Colin the biker and you've got to go out on your
bike and collect items scattered throughout the 'softsolid' 3D town. The town
has roads, houses, lakes and rollercoaster type constructions. The items you have
to collect wll eventually help you overcome the various obstacles littered over
You commence the game outside the town's petrol station, and have to return
here when your bike's fuels starts to run low (although one of the items you
can pick up later on in the game is an enlarged fuel tank). Once you start you
are given a time limit to collect the first item, which is somewhere in the
landscape. Luckily your bike is able to go off the road, although you have to be
careful not to ride into the myriad of fences and walls.
Once an item has been collected the time remaining is converted into points and
another time limit is given. As the game goes on the objects are put in less
accessible places and eventually you have to use all your skill to reach an item.
For examaple you have to use ramps to jump fences to collect an item totally
fenced in. The town is quite large and 'wraps round' so it's possible to keep on
travelling on the same road until your fuel runs out.
On first viewing this game presents similar graphics and control to Ant Attack but
much faster. The fiddly control took a bit of getting used to, being rather like
Asteroids. As soon as these were mastered I found myself really enjoying myself
as I whizzed about the town.
The sound is a very jolly tune and I soon found myself singing along with it
after a few games. The only disappointing aspect is the actual biker himself who
is not very well defined. Oveerall this is an amusing game to play and can present
hours of fun to both novices and video aces alike at the amazing Mastertronic price of £1.99.
One of Mastertronic's latest and certainly one of their greatest releases to date.
It doesn't offer anything outstanding original, but that doesn't matter - what it
does offer is many hours of enjoyable and frustrating play. The graphical
representation of the town is very good, although Colin himself is rather poor, and
the scrolling is first class.
The music is the best piece yet from Mastertronic as are the sound FX and both
are very good. The game is great fun to play and is a nice variation on the
pick-em-up them - and at such a low price!
Mastertronic keep up their recent high standards of quality with their latest
release. Clumsy Colin is an excellent game with high addictive qualities which
kept me returning for 'just one more go'. The graphics are very good with the
nicely detailed 3D town which gave a really realistic feel as I zoomed about the
It was also great fun trying to ride over the roller coaster and tackling the
scaffolding on the building site. The sound is great too with a funky tune
adding to the game immensely. Although the controls are rather fiddly the game
makes it well worth persevering. I don't want to say this (but I will) as this
is now becoming a Mastertronic cliche but I can think of a lot worse things you
could buy for £1.99.