Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
US GOLD ■ ARCADE ADVENTURE
Elvin Atombender has returned to take over the Master System. Julian Boardman wonders whether he should bother stopping him
Along comes another creaking dinosaur that even saw the light of day on the Acorn Electron. In fact, the sequel was recently rereleased at a budget price on the Amiga and Atari ST. If you've never heard of Atombender and his evil jiggery-pokery then where have you been for the last five years. But don't worry, the big guys back, as bad as ever and welcoming you one more time to "stay a while, stay forever!" (cue evil cackle).
As is a megalomaniac's lot in life, Elvin Atombender wants to destroy the world. As agent 4125 it is your task to somersault through Elvin's tower complex in search of pieces of a password puzzle which will crack Elvin's mainframe and bring the whole place down.
The bits of the password conun-drum are hidden all over Elvin's domain, so you must search every single bit of furniture. Searching takes time, and during this time robots make their way towards you, in the hope of catching you unawares. The robots fire electrical pulses, so it's best not to get too close to them if you wish to avoid the terrifying scream of a doomed adventurer echoing through the walls of Elvin's tower.
It is also possible to find and use passwords which will reset elevators, which allow access to the many other levels of Elvin's haunt, and codes that disable some robots within a room.
To be honest, I have never understood what so many people liked about this game. Okay, so the animation of Agent 4125 somersaulting around is good and the sound effects (screams and speech) bring life to the game, but ultimately the whole , process ends up being repetitive.
✔ The large palette of the Sega makes the game very attractive.
✔ The main sprite is very well detailed and brilliantly animated
✘ The sound effects are average - even poor.
✔ However, the sampled ditties are stunning and a first on the Sega.
✔ A classic game, but the puzzles do get samey rather too quickly.
✔ Will have you staying a while, maybe even forever.
£29.99 ▼ OUT 10/90
MASTER SYSTEM 87%