Amstrad Action1st February 1988
Published in Amstrad Action #29
Basil The Great Mouse Detective
You've seen the film, now play the game with this well animated creation. Anyway, enough of the blurby small talk, on with the show!!!
Basil's a good bloke, a bit on the posh side, but with the longest leap you've ever seen! Probably comes from his training as a nipper to jump away from those horrible cats chasing their next meal!
Basil is a detective. A "Great Mouse" detective. That means that he is a mouse, not someone who is good at finding mice! The case that Baz is on at the moment is one where his chubby friend has been mousenapped by this fiendishly fiendish fiend Professor Ratigan. The Prof has a band of sinister henchmen, who he employs to do his dirty deeds. The case will lead you through the streets of London, along the seedy waterfront district until you come to the Prof in his favourite hovel - the sewers.
When controlling Baz, be sure to beware of the Prof's evil henchmen. Any contact with them will reduce your energy at an alarming rate, so jump over them. The first scene you see will have a big door in the background. There's something special about doors, but I'm not going to tell you what.
Dotted around the scenes are sacks and other funny shapes which hide objects. These objects vary from cheese (which will increase your energy) and mousetraps (which you can use to trap the henchmen) to clues which will help you to get into the next scene. To see which objects are hidden in the sacks, you press the spacebar. The object will appear in the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen. You then choose to pick it up or drop it. If your pockets are full, you will be asked which object you want to drop.
There's not much else to the game, but I found it fun to play and very frustrating. The graphics are good, and the animation is smooth. The characters are well defined and very colourful.
Like I say I enjoyed playing this game, and I think you will.
First Day Target Score
Another arcade adventure with pretty graphics and plenty of problems to solve. At first it's very confusing, but after a while you begin to discover things. Good graphics don't make a good game. Not really my type of game, but it provides an interesting challenge.
Green Screen View
A little confusing at times, but in general everything is visible.
P. Colourful, well-defined characters.
N. Smooth animation.
P. Nothing special.
Grab Factor 69%
P. Easy to get into, due to simple controls.
N. Amusing features add to enjoyment.
Staying Power 71%
P. Difficult overall task to complete.
N. May be large, but repetitive too.
P. Good game of the film.