HARD HAT MACK comes from the same
company who were responsible for Pinball
Construction Set and Archon. The company has a good reputation for
high quality software and, in most cases, this reputation is well
deserved. So what about HARD HAT MACK?
The game is basically a platform
game with the action taking place on a construction site. On Level
1 MACK has to travel up and down the various girders, plugging the
gaps with small metal plates which he has to rivet in place with
the aid of a pneumatic drill. At the same time he must avoid the
clutches of the evil Otto.
Level 2 finds MACK trying to collect
all the lunch boxes at the end of the tea-break before making his
way to the top of the screen on a convenient moving girder. The
Vandal makes his first appearance on this level looking a lot like
'Vivian' the punk rocker from The Young Ones. A real video-nasty
if ever I saw one! On Level 3 MACK must gather up the loose bricks
and deposit them in the store at the bottom of the screen. What
comes after that is anybody's guess as I have not managed to complete
I have to say that I found HARD
HAT MACK to be a very ordinary game which does not stand up well
against superior platform games like MR ROBOT and MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE.
The program seems to be in Graphics 8 using artifacting for the
colours which just does not work on the PAL system. The game objects
are hard to make out and only become clear when you turn off the
colour and play in black and white.
The trouble with setting high standards
is having to maintain them and I'm afraid that Electronic Arts have
not made their own grade with this one.