THE MAD MAINTENANCE MAN
£1.99 cass, joystick or keys
O 18-screen platform game,
software really has carved a little corner for itself
in the market and with games like this it's no wonder.
It may be based on the good ol' platform game, but it's
got plenty to offer and at a great price.
play Big Mac who has to walk, leap, climb, and float
his way around an enemy power station, shutting down
each of the 18 power vaults (screens). You do this by
finding and pushing switches which are usually very
tough to get to.
switches control a host of defensive barriers and flicking
them off will remove the obstacles that bar you from
reaching the exit on each stage. These defences are
different on many screens, but all can be deadly.
Mac (centre left) has four switches to flick
(the fourth is top left) in order to get to the
exit house near the right hand ladder. But
there's a cannon (top) and a lethal liquid
bath (centre) to watch out for.
most common problem is the simple force-wall which blocks
off sections of the screen. It won't kill you unless
you hit the top or bottom of it, but it will prevent
you going past. Other problems are rotating gun turrets
which fire shells, bubbling pits of acid, moving electrical
charges, and crushers.
find your way around most screens by using ladders,
lifts, and your own jumping capability, and even by
falling from any height. You can also move while falling,
which comes in handy when drifting across a long gap.
each screen there is a limited amount of air which runs
out, and a bonus that ticks away the longer you take.
If you can make it to the exit, you move to the next
stage and gain an extra man.
animation on your character is amusing, with a hat that
flies up and down as you leap. The tune that plays throughout
the game adds nicely with a fine range of expression.