Sinclair User

Big Box
By Beau Jolly
Spectrum 48K/128K/+2/+3

Published in Sinclair User #116

Big Box

Well this just has to one of the biggest compilations this reviewer has ever seen. It also has to be one of the most varied. Not only in the types of games involved but also in the insipid crapiness of some of them.

First off let's say that it should take at least three days to just shuffle through all of the thirty titles in this compilation which actually does include some belters including, Enduro Racer, Aliens, Spindizzy, and Rampage. The rest are pretty mediocre but then you expect the rough with the smooth in a compilation. What you don't expect is complete and utter drivel. I mean there re titles like Activision's Sailing, Space Shuttle and Ghostbusters - all real turkeys along with all three of the Gamestar flops - Championship Football, Baseball and Basketball.

So there's the Good, the Bad and the Average. Here's the list of the also rans.

Ghostbusters, Hacker, Big Trouble in Little China, Barry McGuigan, Explorer, ACE 2088, Super Sprint, Knightmare, Galactic Games, Guardalcanal, Space Shuttle, The Real Ghostbusters, Xarq, Dandy, Mermaid Madness, Star Raiders, Prodigy, Park Patrol, High Frontier, Firetrap, Toy Bizarre and Karnov.

It's probably not a bad way to start off your Spectrum collection but as the good games in the compilation number only four, then you'd be far wiser in carefully investing in either the products on budget or even better, spend your money on smaller compilations with a higher percentage of good games.

Label: Beau-Jolly Memory: 48K/128K Price: £T.B.A. Reviewer: Garth Sumpter

Overall Summary

No, no, no. Don't do it. Don't ruin your life, use your brains and shop around. Thirty games might seem like a lot for the money but if you only actually play half a dozen it's a serious waste. just avoid it. Okay?

Garth Sumpter

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