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Okay, so the graphics are pretty lousy, the sound isn't up to much, and the controls are difficult. But lurking under the mess is a fair game, which proves mildly addictive as you try to explore the thirty two screens. Not at all an essential buy, but if you have got three quid to spare, then
Beer Belly could prove fun.

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This is very similar to most of Frank Cohen's previous offerings -- especially the graphics and sound effects. It's basically a rather poor platform game which is showing its age -- although at the price I wouldn't complain too loudly (mumble, mumble -- UGH!).

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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Beer Belly Burt's Brew Biz
1985 American Eagle Software
Programmed by Frank Cohen
 
Most text of the present article comes from the review published in the seventeenth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (street date: July 21st, 1986).
 

BEER BELLY BURT'S BREW BIZ
Americana, 2.99 cass, joystick only


Something strange is happening down at the beer factory . . . the place has become overrun with nasty zombies, so little else remains but to call for the professional beer belly slob, Burt.

In this latest platform adventure from Americana, you play Beer Belly Burt whose sole aim in life is to drink as much beer as possible. This partly explains his peculiar style of walking which is, to say the least, distinctly wobbly.

Beer Belly's factory consists of three departments: Shipping, Production and Control, and each can be accessed from outside. Inside there is a total of thirty two rooms, all constructed in layers of platforms on which Beer Belly happily bounces. However, life for a Beer Belly is not all quaffing and bouncing, lordy me, no -- the whole factory has become infested with green Zombies, the worst kind!

Springing out from doors they wander around firing the odd bullet at him. But never fear -- Beer Belly is equipped with his own weapon to ensure the destruction of these nasty creatures. Of course if you're not the kind of person who goes around shooting every thing in sight, then Beer Belly can perform quite a nifty jump to avoid the Zombies and their fire power.

In addition to jumping, Beer Belly can also avoid them by being transported from one platform to another by the powerful air vents, which occasionally blast out air, launching him up onto the next platform. But beware of booby trapped air vents which spout fire, as they leave Beer Belly burnt to a crisp.

To help him make his way through the factory there are exit signs which indicate the best route to access another screen. However, failure to leave by the correct route sees Beer Belly falling from the screen and ending up in crumpled lump -- with a hangover no doubt.

On some screens Beer Belly needs to unlock doors to gain entry to another, and for this he needs a key which is usually placed in some inconvenient position. Luckily, only one Zombie appears on the screen at any one time, so if you do happen to see any more, don't worry -- it's probably only the effect of the beer!

     

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Obviously Burt has supped too much beer and is suffering from some horrendous alcoholic disease -- he's fat, bright purple, and as bloated as a poisoned pup. The game is of the platform type, and not a particularly good one either. The graphics and sound are pretty sub-standard, and even with its three quid price tag it isn't a program I would recommend.
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Presentation 45%

Not a great deal to impress.

Graphics 27%
Lacking in colour and imagination.

Sound 28%
Far from stunning
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Hookability 40%
Some initial compulsion to see later screens . . .

Lastability 29%
. . . but when you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.

Value For Money 36%
There are more interesting games available for the same price.

Overall 32%
An old and decrepit platform game which has nothing new or exciting to offer.
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Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (11 Oct 2007)
Only the first of the above screenshots existed in the original review.

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