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R Allo allo ené the randy restaurateur is at it again. Not content with playing Yvette, Madame Edith and the women of the French Resistance off against each other, he has gone chasing after the mysterious Fallen Madonna with the Big boobies.

’Allo ’Allo is a licensed platforming version of the popular BBC TV series and features all the characters associated with the programme. You have to guide the cowardly René around a series of different locations including the café and colonel’s chateau – collecting bonuses, stunning baddies and trying to swap all the real Fallen Madonna paintings with the fake ones concealed in knockwurst sausages.

Hugely reminiscent of previous Alternative platformers like Sooty and Sweep, ’Allo ’Allo makes up for its lack of sophistication with plenty of knockabout gags, sack loads of innuendo and some surprisingly slick joystick controls. René zips around the levels like a hyperactive whirling dervish, collecting bottles of wine to boost his flagging courage and coins to bribe petty officials. However, it is a bit much asking £25 for this and the two-player mode on this game is the biggest joke here.
Rob Mead

Amiga Format, Issue 55, January 1994, p.94

Steve Metcalfe and Dave Tolley
Alternative Software
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Game: ’Allo ‘Allo Cartoon Fun
Publisher: Alternative
Authors: In-house
Price: £24.99
Release: Out now

A Allo allo n interesting feature of this game is that if you find a special secret room before Easter and send your name to Alternative, they will put your name into a prize draw in which five lucky purchasers of the game can win their money back. I will leave you to ponder this latest (undeniably novel) twist on the secret room idea and knuckle down to the tedious business of slogging through this banal game to give you my view of whether it is worth spending any cash on this soggy, limp attempt in the first place.

’Allo ‘Allo is the eponymous platform game of the TV series, and before I played it, I thought it was a combination that could actually work. I mean, the TV show is generic light entertainment paandering to the lowest common denominator of public opinion, and so are platform games.
How wrong can you be though? The music that blares out at you from the intro screen is not the theme from the show, which seems to indicate they that they bought the licence of the characters but not the music. Oh dear, and things get worse by the second. After you have decided if it is to be a one or two player game, and you are asked to insert disk two. Now, seeing as the intro consists of a few credits and a screen showing all the characters, I fail to see why you need to swap disks.

Okay, game time, and I have got to admit that all the characters from the show are well represented in the game. And they are all here, from the saucy Yvette to the less than alluring Von Smallhausen and Lieutenant Gruber, and they either help of hinder you, depending on if they into goose stepping or not. Time and effort is gone into getting all the characters just right, and they are by far the best bits of the game.

The worst bit? Well, that is everything else really. The game seems to be based around fairly large square blocks, so the background looks blocky and when it scrolls, it does it one big leap at a time. Not so much scrolling, more like juddering really, and there is a terrible bit whenever you go through doors and it just jump cuts.

The game is based around plot ideas and gags from the TV show. As Rene or Michelle of the resistance, you have got to swap the real picture of the well proportioned Fallen madonna with a fake one. This involves hunting around (giggle) to first find the (smirk) false ones which are hidden in (guffaw) giant sausages. (Fnark). The two player mode is odd in that you can wander off on your own and then toggle between the characters, BUT YOU ONLY GET ONE LIFE! Unbelievably poor.

Amiga Power, Issue 33, January 1994, p.97

"I fail to see why you need to swap disks"

Upper UPPERS The caricatures of the ‘Allo ‘Allo cast are really good.
Downer DOWNERS The music, gameplay, scrolling, jumping, falling off ladders and entering rooms do not live up to the characters. The disk accessing takes forever. Why is the music from the TV show nor in here instead of this dreadful plonky stuff? Why do you have to swap disks every time you start a game?

This is shamefully shoddy stuff for a full price game, and fails to even capture the flavour of the original. You could use the Grace Brothers staff and call this Are You Being Served, but it would still be completely crap.


A1200 Erm, well it does not work on the A1200. Well our copy did not. Good isn’t it? Bang up to date are Alternative.