GREMLIN GRAPHICS £14.99 * Joystick
Isn’t life as a young person wonderful these days? Playing in the sunshine with not a care in the world. What could possibly go wrong? Well, a nasty Dragon king could kidnap your girlfriend...
This is what has happened to Axel’s lovely little friend Lucy, and Axel being the brave young thing that he is has decided to set forth to the rescue. Now he may be just a young lad, but he is not short of the necessary hero-type mettle. Just a hammer and a ton of courage is enough for him.
Unfortunately, a number of nasty creatures and obstacles lie between him and his girlfriend, such as bubbling lava pits, fluttering bats and deadly wasps. Fortunately, Axel can give some enemies a swift smack with his hammer to take them out and, if that is not enough, then broken blocks throughout the game reveal various power-ups, such as throwing hammers and a tough crash helmet which allows him to head-butt his way to Lucy.
You must guide Axel through a series of levels each with an individual style and atmosphere before you can ride off into the sunset with your sweetheart.
Amiga Format, Issue 7, Febuary 1990, p.54
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
The design is very much in the Japanese arcade adventuer mould, complete with platforms to bounce around on, cutesie characters and twee, jangly tunes. This style of graphics is usually dominated by the dedicated consoles, so it is nice to see that us Amiga users can get a look in.
The animation is clean, the sprites are jolly and the sound is boppy. Not a quantum leap forward in programming, but just right for this kind of game.
The ‘continue play’ option means that you do not easily get bored by having to start from the beginning every time, but it certainly does not make an easy task of reaching the end of the game.