Amstrad Computer User1st April 1991
Published in Amstrad Computer User #77
Turtles World Tour
Get your easel and your artist's smock and get set for something a little bit different.
Question one: What have Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo all got in common? Yes, I know they're all Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, but what else? Exactly, they were also pretty sharp artists from Spaghetti country.
So, apart from rushing through the sewers and saving the world from the monstrous Shredder, what else do they do? Yep, they paint and, with this clever offering from Electronic Crayon Deluxe, that's exactly what our younger readers can do, using simple click and go instructions from the menu.
Taking some time off from chasing Shredder, the dudes are taking a world vacation, landing them in all sorts of unlikely locations. The only trouble is, whoever took the snapshots forgot to load a colour film.
As a result, when you leaf through shots of the heroes scaling Mount Everest, or taking time out to explore the Great Wall of China, it's up to you to pick the right colours to liven them up.
Using the handy crayon-shaped cursor, you can use the joystick to choose which location you want to paint, from the White House and the Statue of Liberty, through Stonehenge to the Australian Outback.At the bottom of the screen you'll find the paint palette with a selection of sixteen colours to make sure you get the bandannas just right. If you're still not happy, just click the crayon on the mix key for some more alternatives.
Keep experimenting and, if you get it wrong, just click on the oops! option to erase the last segment you coloured in. If you get bored with the picture you are painting, just click on stop and start again. All in all, there are thirty pictures to colour in, each with a special educational description in the manual supplied with the disc, to let you know exactly what the dudes are up to.
Read through them and then it really is up to you. Should Stonehenge be bright red? How about giving the Acropolis a nice green tinge? When you've finished, just rub out your picture and you can start all over again. Turtles World Tour won't appeal to everybody but, as stated on the box, for the 4-12 year olds, it's both great fun as well as being educational. Having said that, however, once the ACU team got hold of the box it was a fair few hours before I could get hold of it to have a go myself.
The graphics on the completed pictures are bright and bold and might go down well on a screen dump if you have a colour printer. Way to go, Dudes!