white Wizard has been having a tough time of it this
month. Savagely murdered by gremlins, trapped by cannibals,
and belittled by the Chairman of the Planet Aurora,
it's really been a most humiliating month and I'm not
at all sure that I can bring myself to write about it.
Still, I'm placing my trust in the traditional warm-heartedness
of your average adventurer, and will do my best to relate
these painful events without shirking from the truth.
you haven't seen the film, don't worry, since you can
succeed in your task without having a degree in gremlin
psychology -- although I'm of the opinion that those
who have endured the movie may survive a little longer
in the game.
another pretty face from Gremlins.
graphics in Gremlins really are superb. Many
of the screens feature animated gremlins -- waving their
arms, chucking darts (at guess who), and even ending
up in the blender. Within minutes of switching on, I'd
cooked myself a truly exotic meal in the kitchen, though
unfortunately I didn't have time to sit down and enjoy
you could say 'knife and fork', in popped a gang of
evil little green creatures who chased me all over the
house and ended up by making mincemeat out of me!! For
a wizard who's bested balrogs and had dragons for breakfast,
this was really too much to bear. Even worse, however
hard I tried, I couldn't get much further -- not, that
is, until I'd found a very useful piece of cutting equipment,
but that's another story.
has many enjoyable touches -- enter 'Examine gremlin'
(if there's one there) and you are rewarded with a close-up
view of the horrible little creature. On my copy there
was also a bug which, if you typed 'Enter' on its own,
spirited you to a nameless location which is in fact
part of a department store. Presumably the location's
name was missed out of the data tables, but the effect
can be rather confusing if you don't know what to expect.
Adventure International assure me that the bug will
be fixed on future versions, however.
are over 40 locations, which isn't an enormous amount
by today's standards, although you'll find quite a bit
to keep you busy in each place. What's more, you'll
need to re-visit locations several times before you
can get anywhere near cracking the game, which you do
by wiping out the nasty little critters before they
get you and the rest of the town. As it is, Gremlins
is definitely up to Brian Howarth's usual high standards,
and worth splashing out on.