After my comments about Tynesoft in the review of
Timeblast, you might think that I might pan whatever they produce
but this is not true, as with Mouse Trap they have produced a game
which I consider to be very good.
The game is basically a ladders and platforms
game, not exactly the most original idea but one which MicroValue/Tynesoft
really have turned into a very pleasing game indeed. You control
Melvin the Mouse, and have to win back the affections of your
girlfriend, Meryl, who has just left you for another mouse (ah!).
She feels that you are no more than a cheese scavenger! So, what do
you have to do to win back your childhood sweetheart? Well, you do
what you do best, scavenging – to find fame and fortune.
That's the plot, sweet isn't it? The game, as I
said earlier, is just a ladders and platforms game but the graphics
are especially good. They are very crisp, clear and colourful making
the game very pleasing to the eye. The
sprite which you control, Melvin, is
very good, and there is only one word to describe it really and
that's – 'cute'. Yes, a cute little mousey character, who dashes
about the screen with his little tail waggling about and his nose
bouncing up and down!
The other sprites on the screen are
equally pleasing, especially the big dopey guy who appears every now
and then, with the massive nose and the big blinking eyes. The
things which attack you are some of the whackiest I have ever seen,
they range from fried eggs, to giant rolls of toilet paper!!! All of
them are very nicely drawn in a cartoon like style.
The sound in the game isn't bad. The
music is very chirpy and happy although not amazing, just average,
but the sound effects are, regrettably, just about non existent.
Still you don't really notice that they are missing.
This is the first game where I might
possibly believe the claims on the packaging! The message on the
back of Mouse Trap is – " MOUSE TRAP the best platform style game
written for the ST with superbly detailed graphics and compulsive
game play. Old in style, brilliant in design, a MUST for every ST
owner." – which although a little 'big headed' is just about true.
This game is great value, so if you like platform games, get it! I
hope that we may see more of Melvin in future releases from