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Kong Strikes Back
By Ocean
Commodore 64

Published in Home Computing Weekly #98

I'm rather suspicious at the best of times and it was with real scepticism that I loaded this game. If insufficient care is taken, trying to follow up a well-known arcade game can be a recipe for disaster. As it turned out, my fears were unfounded. This game is vastly superior to Kong Mark One.

The action takes place on a roller coaster. The heroine is held by Kong at the top of the track and you must climb up and rescue her. The main hazards are four cards which Kong sends down the track at you. You can either climb up ladders to avoid htem or bomb them. If you bomb a car, Kong will send another down.

Since you only have four bombs, they should only be used in emergencies. There are other obstacles such as bouncing balls, waltzers and hobby horses, which will, at a single touch, deduct a life. You can collect bonuses by climbing up the various ladders on each of the four screens.

Since the movement of all obstacles is cyclic, this is a game of timing and tactics. The use of graphics is colourful and neat and the rag background music is most enjoyable.

Overall a tough and highly entertaining game.


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