Born in 1984
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- FormatVideo and Arcade
I don't know about you, but I had a fondness for this colourful action game starring Monty Mole. Similar in a way to Manic Miner, but you can roam around freely in this, instead of collecting objects to get to the next level in Manic.
It's a long, chilling winter, and Monty Mole makes a daring bid to raid his local South Yorkshire pit to snatch coal.Wyn James
It's a complex kind of platform game and in this one you have to collect coal pieces and find useful objects which can't be collected until a particular tool on the screen has been collected first.
I didn't play this game as often as Manic Miner, but it's still a jolly romp as you delve deeper in the mine to find coal pieces. It's a Jet Set Willy kind of game where you can roam around freely like I said earlier. The detail of Monty Mole himself is very well animated, and moves about with ease from the well positioned control keys. Well into the game the elusive Arthur Scargill (yes I did say that right, Arthur Scargill) appears with a big head and a huge conk. Overall I got completely immersed in this when I first played it and it's well thought out and highly addictive game which I think will provide many hours of fun.
As to the sound... well the Spectrum's never been up to much on sound, so don't expect too much!
Overall I rate this game 90%
Rules of the game
Imagine 1984...It's a long, chilling winter, and Monty Mole makes a daring bid to raid his local South Yorkshire pit to snatch coal. Battling through flying pickets, man-eating fish, coal crushers and drills, he escapes to emerge in Arthur's Castle. Seizing his only chance of toppling the great man, Monty collects the secret ballot papers and vote casting scroll. But Arthur's no fool when it comes to the heavy stuff and his personal bodyguards put up a struggle.
Wanted: Monty Mole is a complex platform game with a jumping character and interlinked rooms to the maze. There are also a few guessing tricks involved and a strategic element to finding the route through a room or series of rooms. Monty himself is an endearing character likely to reappear in more games, who has an attractive walking gait and an athletic jump very reminiscent of his mining cousin from Surbiton.
Unlike Manic Miner, which ends on the surface, Monty starts on the top in a screen with a bridge over troubled waters, squirrels dropping acorns and a steaming bucket. The bucket looks tempting....it should be, for without it coal won't even appear in the mine shafts to be collected. First timers, take heed....grab the bucket and run like hell!
The mine shafts contain ropes, moving platforms and dice-with-death crushers as well as ghosts, monsters and deadly machines. There are also objects to be collected but only the coal lumps score points. The objects do, however, have their uses, and it will no doubt be the cause of much speculation as to what does what. One thing is certain, some useful objects cannot be collected until a particular tool on the screen has been collected first. In all there are 21 rooms, or levels, to get through. Usual controls are up, down and of course jump.
Review by Wyn James - @Hekatonchieres
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- FormatVideo and Arcade
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