Molecule Man (Mastertronic) Review | Computer Gamer - Everygamegoing

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Molecule Man
By Mastertronic
Commodore 16/Plus 4

Published in Computer Gamer #25

Molecule Man

In this 3D maze game, you take control of the Molecule Man. You must help him escape from the radioactive maze in which he is trapped.

The maze is divided into 256 locations and contained within them are the essential items to liberate your man. Escape from the maze is achieved by finding the sixteen circuits needed to activate your teleport. But time and the radiation are against you.

The radiation rapidly drains your life, but this problem can be overcome by buying extra life time with money that can also be found in the maze. However, cash is also needed to buy bombs from the bomb vending machines scattered around the maze and they are needed to blow up parts of the maze that are otherwise unreachable. It is the successful juggling of bombs and time that is the essence of this difficult game.

The graphics are dull - most obstacles are either block or pyramid shaped, and gameplay isn't helped by the fact that there is no joystick response so you have to settle for key control. Overall, the game doesn't have sufficient appeal to sustain interest for long.