Let’s face it, you can only play/review this game around Christmas. Playing the game at any other time of the year just doesn’t feel right. So this time I wanted to be sure I review it before Christmas.
The goal of the game is to set the traps before Harry and Marv enter the house. You can collect the objects by pressing F1 and to place them you press F3 when you see the indicator *here*. Try to place as many traps as you can before it is 9:00pm. If you are done before that you can press N.
Once Harry and Marv are in the house you must lure them into the traps. They will not always trip the traps. Mostly they will trip them when they are near or chasing Kevin. On top of the screen you will have a tick or more next to Harry and Marv which represents 5 points. Both need 50 points of damage for you to win the game.
I remember when I played it for the first time I was full of excitement. Sadly it soon became clear that setting the traps and have Harry and Marv trip them is it. Sure that was the great part of the movie but the way the game presents it is rather dull. The graphics are not of the best quality to put it mildly. Still I play it once a year around Christmas. Especially after watching Home Alone (only the first two movies count) again.
Below you can see some ratings from various magazines from Hall of Light.
Time to give it a rating. I played it again and every year around Christmas it does give you that nostalgic feeling. Still it is a poorly designed game and it could have been done so much better. I am sure that just like me a lot of people would still play it again after seeing Home Alone. But just once till probably the next year. That return to playing it every year and the fact that I love Home Alone 1+2 does give it some extra credit. Maybe that even counts for most of the rating.
The Bucket Diary gives it a rating of 32%.
It is December which means Christmas is almost near. Which Amiga fan does not have happy memories about the Christmas period and the other winter months using their Amiga? I certainly do. I usually was still playing games on my Amiga while the Christmas dinner already started. One example was Cannon Fodder. Just five more minutes mum.
Another only playing it during the holiday season game was Home Alone. Personally I don’t rate this game very high but because you usually watch the film you want to have a go at it yourself. It is more of a nostalgic feeling if you ask me.
The winter months are always a good time to play Amiga games and if you are in to it programming. And let’s not forget the Amiga demos. There are plenty of Amiga Christmas demos / intro’s out there. Another category are the disk magazines. Besides the paper magazines they provided another source of information.
Currently I am working on a top games list for Amiga games. My problem is that I can never come up with a permanent list. Once I would make one I would change my mind again at a later time. So I came up with variable top games list. It will change over time depending on various factors. For example I might play a game a lot and because of this it would go up in the list. Or a certain game I remember being really great is rather disappointing playing it after so many years.
I have also started work on the next article for The Bucket Programming Corner. This time it is about screens. I don’t have any experience with screens on the Amiga using the C programming language. Remember how easy it was in Amos? Well after reading the article you will also see that it is easy in C as well. The only difference is that we just need to type more code. My goal is to release the article this coming week.