Phineas Frogg (Mirrorsoft) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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Phineas Frogg
By Mirrorsoft
Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Sinclair User #42

Phineas Frogg

DESPITE being a Toad of Toad Hall lookalike, Phineas Frogg is a great deal more likeable. As the great detective he has to solve the mystery of scientist Mole's whereabouts in SLOTH - the Secret Lair of the Terrible Hamsters.

Adventure games have great appeal, but younger members of the family may not be able to spell well enough and tend to get stuck.

You have to guide Phineas around SLOTH, choosing from a selection of moves. That means that the keyboard input is limited to numbers. The adventure can only be solved if the arcade sections are played.

Phineas needs a disguise and has to go fishing to get his fishmonger outfit. Fishing involves playing a Frogger type game. To get his scientist's white coat he has to solve the mystery of the cellars.

To help there is a story book, and Top Secret envelope with a map and more clues.

The adventure is text with graphics and great fun to play, one of the very few games which have held the attention of the child testers for a number of sessions. We still have not solved the mystery, but have decided Mole is hidden down the mysterious locked corridor. The final mystery must be whether our boss Badger is really involved with the hamsters, and is a double agent.

Theodora Wood