Sunday, 2 December 2007

A Very Monty Christmas!

Christmas has come early for us UK retro fans with the release of Trevor (Smila) Storey and Scottige's homage to Monty Mole - Monty Christmas!

For those of you unfamiliar with Monty Mole, he was the star of a handful of games in the late 80s (Wanted: Monty Mole, Monty On The Run, Aufwiedersehn Monty and Impossamole).

He also featured in a mini-game on Your Sinclair magazine called Moley Christmas. History has repeated itself with this Retro Gamer magazine instigated game. The plot (if you need one) is that Sam Stoat has stolen the pages of the Christmas issue of Retro Gamer, and you have to get them back.

The game itself is a typical 80s platform game - fast, unforgiving, difficult and fun, with graphics and music that would have been at home on a C64. There are plenty of tricky jumps to be made, items to collect and surreal baddies to avoid.

To make the game easier there are save points every 20 pages (press L on the menu screen to reload the last save point). So far I can only get 30 pages (out of the 100 needed to finish), but I'm working on it and thoroughly enjoying the challenge.

All in all this is a really nice game for us fans of the original Monty games, and will certainly keep me busy over the festive season.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Moley Christmas everybody!

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