Trashman

  • New Generation

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeArcade adventure
  • SystemMicrocomputer

Whilst waiting to get my 1st computer, a brand new ZX Spectrum 48k, for my 14th birthday on June 12th 1984 I was doing some homework and was buying a few computer games magazines to inform myself of what was about, what was hot and what was not.

It had brilliant graphics for the time (and they still look good now!)    Mark Jones

'Trashman' had caught my attention. I have no idea why, the advert illustration wasn't particularly striking and the subject of the game, empyting bins, was hardly glamorous. Anyway, I decided I wanted it and I went out on my birthday and purchased myself a copy straight after school (it was a Tuesday!) It was my 1st gaming purchase bought with my precious birthday money and I was not disappointed.

It had brilliant graphics for the time (and they still look good now!) and the game managed to make being a dustman fun. You had to pick up bins situated in people's front gardens, empty them into the bin truck (which I always did more than once, just in case there was something stuck in the bottom of the bin, completely unnecessary to progress in the game but I did it anyway!) whilst avoiding various obstacles; the main one being the speeding cars that frequented the street you were working in as well as cyclists riding on the path (being hit by one gives you a limp, which is very annoying when you're running low on time) and you had to stay off the pristine lawns of the residents gardens. Trampling on their grass resulted in the owner's dog coming to bite you and give you another limp, your time would run down quicker and the home owner would not then invite you in to their house for the much needed time bonus (though the advantage of that is that you didn't get to read the corny jokes that would come up on the bottom of the screen). Progressing through the various streets you would be rewarded with a new graphic not seen in the previous one. A garden shed, or some parked vans, to keep you just wanting to get that bit further.

I could never really get further than the 3rd street back in the day but a recent replay ("Right now, concentrate!") saw me reach the 5th street, Lyncombe Vale. I'd never got that far before! Still, when the inevitable happened and that misjudged walk across the road resulted in me being hit by a car and "Game Over" flashed on the screen I threw my hands up in the air and shouted expletives at the TV screen.

Still brilliant, still playable, still looking wonderful and I'm still getting value for money from 'Trashman' 29 years after I 1st purchased it."

I've attached a photo of my own copy of the game (this image is on the background and in the carousel of images)

Review by Mark Jones. Mark worked as a Graphics Artist for Ocean Software during the 1980s with credits to titles such as Wizball and Arkanoid. 

Trashman for ZX Spectrum - Gameplay: CLICK the carousel below to see the gaming pics and videos:

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  • New Generation

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeArcade adventure
  • SystemMicrocomputer
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