Leaper

Reviewed by Jim Short

 

Issue 25

Jan/Feb 87

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Bug Byte
48k Cassette 2.99

1 Player
Joystick

'The game you've all been waiting for' it says on the cassette inlay. Who are they trying to kid? Remember 'Leggit' from Imagine? (good title screen.... naff game). No, perhaps it's before your time. Well, this effort from Bug Byte is identical enough to be the same game.

There are certain cosmetic differences. New aliens have been created with real weird-sounding names like Gribbles or Grub-Gubs (will the raving loonie who thinks these stupid names up please step forward!!) but, as in Leggit, the idea is to make your way to the top of the screen by jumping up through gaps in a series of moving horizontal lines. The aliens have to be avoided, but these aren't the main problem - falling back down through the gaps is! Once you have fallen through one gap you invariably end up back at the bottom of the screen. Laugh? - I nearly bought a round of drinks!!

LEAPER runs pretty fast even though it was written in Basic. I do wish Bug Byte would start writing their games in machine code. Basic went out with Hippy beads and flared jeans!

There's not a lot more I can say about this one. It might have rated high marks on something like the unexpanded Vic-20, but the Atari is capable of much better things. At least there's no mention of the 'Battlegrom on Vragus IV' this time, which is something in it's favour I suppose!

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