Bomb Jack II
Another old Elite game disinterred for today's dosh-free Spec-chums, and first released in early 1987. At the time we all felt it was a bit of a disappointment, especially after the superb Bombjack I, but that didn't stop it going to the top of the charts and selling trillions. It's similar to the original - jumping between platforms trying to blag bags of money, and this time stabbing the nasties if you can, which in my experience you usually can't (avoiding them is a better bet). As before, the backgrounds are sumptuous, and there's a bonus if you blag the wads in the right order (this can be found by trial and error, or by looking at old copies of computer mags). With 40-odd screens, you'd have thought it all added up to corking good value, but BJ II goes awry with its graphics - it's virtually impossible to identify what's what, and when you and the nasties are fighting, it is completely impossible. Add some disturbingly samey gameplay and the result's not what it might have been. Not a disaster - just not on the button.