The wait was not worth it... this really is a poor Acornsoft title. I found that the digger frequently refused to pick anything up, even though I was driving straight across it. This is just very frustrating. Read Review
A game on cassette or 5.25" disc for the BBC Microcomputer Model B
You are put in charge of a JCB 3CX Excavator Loader. There are four movement
keys (up, down, left and right) plus digging and filling keys to enable you to dig
traps for the Meanies, who chase you. Fill the holes quickly to kill the Meanies,
or pick them up in your shovel and dump them in the sea! The action takes place
on an island, with the screen acting as a 'window', which scrolls to accommodate
the movement of the JCB.
Produced in conjunction with J. C. Bamford Ltd, this game is a must for the game
Acornsoft JCB Digger is fully compatible with either keyboard or joysticks and
includes a table of high scores.
You are in charge of a JCB 3CX Excavator Loader. Your mission is to put all of the
Meanies to sleep - you have to try and get them before they get you! A Meanie
will fall asleep if it goes underground or underwater. Using your JCB, you must try
and dig holes for the Meanies to fall into. Beware, as the Meanies will climb out
after a while, so you have to fill them in quickly. All digging is done with the
backhoe (the 'scooper' at the back) and all filling is done with the shovel at the
In order to dig a hole, simply move the JCB to the desired position and press the
SHIFT key three times (Meanies will only fall into fully dug holes). The hole will
appear under the backhoe. To fill in a hole, hold the Space Bar down and drive
over the hole. This will send any trapped Meanies to sleep.
The only way to get the Meanie to go underwater is to shovel it into the sea. Note that
only salt walter will send the Meanie to sleep, so putting it in a lake will not harm
The JCB can only reach full speed when it is on flat ground (green areas), and
when it has the shovel raised and the backhoe folded.
The Meanies can capture your JCB by getting near the cab. They will then drive it
off to the right-hand side of the screen. You start off with two spare JCBs, and you
may get an extra one after a score of 1500.
You can also score by shovelling the landscape away with the shovel. In order to
do this, position the JCB's shovel at the edge of the landscape to be destroyed,
put the shovel down, and drive into the landscape.
After you have put eight Meanies to sleep, you will be given a new set. In this set
the Meanies change colour, and suddenly learn new skills like being able to
cross different types of landscape:
Forest and mountains/stony ground
Marsh, forest and mountains/stony ground
Everything except salt water
Z - Left, X - Right, : - Up, / - Down, SHIFT - Dig, SPACE - Fill
Alternatively, use the joystick to mmove. To dig a hole, use the fire button with a
centred joystick. To fill a hole, press the fire button and move.