Amstrad Computer User1st April 1991
Published in Amstrad Computer User #77
Edd The Duck
As if we didn't have enough superheroes, in flaps another on the wings of TV success.
Old Edd's been around a bit over the last few months. If he's not appearing on Children's TV, he's out at some charity do somewhere or other.
Well, if you haven't seen him recently, it's probably because he's been at the software house trying to blast away the opposition in his latest role as Computer hero.
To be fair, and considering the excitement levels of this game, perhaps Edd would have been wiser to stay off the small screen and on the TV screen.
The game itself consists of nine episodes set over three levels located within BBC TV departments. In his quest to become an even bigger superstar, Edd has to battle through the Weather studio, the Special Effects studio and, of course, the riotous Childrens' TV set.
On each level of this vertical scroller, Edd's task is to collect 20 stars which will allow him to progress to even better things. But, yes, there's always a but, in order to hinder his progress, Edd's arch-rival Wilson the Butler has sent in his cronies and they come in all shapes and sizes.
Ok, so what's Edd got up his sleeve to even things out a bit? Well, he's got this mega Snowball Shooter to despatch with the had guys.
Unfortunately, the shooter only temporarily stuns his opponents instead of killing them. All very tasteful, I'm sure, but just when you think you've got a level beat, up jump the baddies and out goes Edd.
You start off the game with four takes, or lives, and losing those is a fairly easy task if you're not careful.
So there you have it. Once you've got your first 20 stars, it's off to the second level and pretty much of the same thing really. Although the faces of the bad guys do change, watch out for the Arglefrogs in particular, the action gets a little repetitive.
The vertical scrolling isn't bad, but not being able to change direction mid-jump can be fatal. Lose those four takes and it's back to the beginning.
Edd The Duck is fun as far as it goes, but for lasting interest in the playability stakes, it might be advisable to stick to that old gem of vertical scrollers, Flimbo's Quest.