Generation, £7.95 cass, joystick only
Attempt to improve on 'Forbidden Forest'
numerous aspects, this game is incredibly similar to
that superb US classic Forbidden Forest. It has
the same basic scenario, a similar opening sequence,
similar sounding music, and similar looking graphics.
New Generation tell us the programmer, having had only
a single sighting of Forbidden Forest (and being
possessed of a photographic memory) set out to improve
on it. We don't think he succeeded.
action is set in the Amazon rain forest where a lone
native (you) has to survive seven challenges. You are
armed only with your trusty blowpipe and a limited number
of poison darts with which to fend off the deadly forest
game takes place on a series of three scrolling backgrounds.
The first area is the jungle, where you have to defeat
three types of enemy. The second and third phases are
the Caverns and the ruined Temple, each of which have
two types of (increasingly tiresome) enemies.
man being attacked by the big-and-dangerous
Your man appears at the bottom of the screen, carrying
his blowpipe and 40 darts. You have to load the pipe
first and then shoot the oncoming creatures. The pipe
can move through an arc of firing positions, from low
left to low right.
enemies is very difficult at first, since the shooting
angles aren't at all obvious. You can get the hang of
shooting each of the beasts, but some of the angles
(and misses!) are quite surprising.
have to shoot a specified number of animals on each
stage to progress to the next, and the number increases
on each of the four skill levels. At the start of each
stage, except the last two, you are given a fresh set
of three lives and 40 darts.
backgrounds scroll really smoothly and in perspective
with a near background and a far background. The graphics
are nice and colourful, and while the music isn't up
to Forbidden Forest's superb standard, it's still