48k cassette £6.95
48k disk £9.95
I must admit to having a soft spot
for English Software. AIRSTRIKE was the first cassette game I ever
purchased and it is still one of my 'all time' favourites. I was
a mite disappointed when they seemingly stopped supporting Atari
a short time ago (though I daresay they had their reasons), but
now they are back again with some new titles. The first of these
is KISSIN' KOUSINS and it has the distinction of being the first
all-UK release to feature digitised speech. When the program a loads
you are greeted by a clear and precise voice announcing 'English
Software presents Kissin' Kousins'. An impressive start Unfortunately,
the game fails to live up to the opening sequence.
You control a cute little character
who is desperately trying to save his Kissin' Kousin although it
doesn't say who from. You must guide him through various street
scenes, jumping over the many objects lining his path and avoiding
the bombs being dropped from above. Stationary objects are easily
dealt with but in subsequent scenes you will encounter moving caterpillars,
kangaroos, bats, rubber frogs, gogglers and pogopoppers all of which
combine to make the going really tough (I never once made it past
those pesky kangaroos!).
Graphics are nice and colourful
if - dare I say it - somewhat Spectrumish in appearance but a lot
more thought could have gone into the actual game. As things stand,
it takes second place to the gimmicky intro.
English Software may well be forever
judged on the standards set by JET BOOT JACK, however they do have
other good titles such as LEGEND OF THE KNUCKERHOLE, SOLDIER'S FORTUNE
and HENRYS HOUSE just waiting to be converted to the Atari. How about
it English Software?