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Zwei Jahre mußten die Amiganer aufs Krötenklatschen à la Mindscape warten – Konsolenbesitzer wissen dagegen längst, daß man als Liebhaber sprungstarker Amphibien besser bei den bewährten "Turtles" bleibt.

Battletoads So richtig nett ist hier nur das Intro, denn beim eigentlichen Spielstart wird sofort auf das halbe Bildschirmformat umgeschaltet, und das Elend nimmt seinen Lauf: Ein oder zwei Spieler sollen sich hüpfend, boxend und tretend durch ein Dutzend Levels kämpfen, was die ebenso klein geratenen wie hinterlistig agierenden Feinde nach Kräften zu verhindern suchen. Weil die Gegner komischerweise fast immer Volltreffer landen, während man sich selbst vor allem mit der hakeligen Steuerung abplagen darf, halten die drei gewährten Krötenleben dabei nicht lange vor – aber besser ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende...

Nein, es macht wirklich keinen großen Sinn, jetzt alle Kritikpunkte im einzelnen aufzuzählen, denn von der popelig gezeichneten Grafik über das erbärmliche Scrolling und die lieblosen Animationen bis zu den nur wahlweise erklingenden Musikstücken bzw. Sound-FX ist hier eigentlich alles danebengegangen, was überhaupt danebengehen kann. Das gilt auch für das Gameplay, das vor allem durch die unfairen Attacken von Feinden aus dem Off (also jenseits des aktuellen Screenausschnitts) in Erinnerung bleibt. Die Battletoads befinden sich damit technisch quasi noch auf dem Stand der 80er Jahre, während sich der Spielablauf durch einen immens hohen Frustfaktor auszeichnet.

Klares Fazit: Wer diese Kröte schlucken will, darf sich nicht wundern, wenn sie ihm wie ein Stein im Magen liegt! (ms)

Amiga Joker, August 1994, p.34

BATTLETOADS
(MINDSCAPE)
PLATTFORM-ACTION
22%
"ÜBEL"
Amiga Joker
GRAFIK
ANIMATION
MUSIK
SOUND-FX
HANDHABUNG
DAUERSPAß
46%
27%
52%
21%
24%
18%
FÜR GEÜBTE
PREIS DM 59,-
SPEICHERBEDARF
DISKS/ZWEITFLOPPY
HD-INSTALLATION
SPEICHERBAR
DEUTSCH
1 MB
2/JA
NEIN
NEIN
ANLEITUNG


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It would probably be best not to try licking them – you might turn green.

Runs on: A500 and A600 (1 meg), A1200
Publisher: Mindscape
Authors: Rare
Price: £20
Release: Out now

B Battletoads attletoads, before you consider exciting yourself over the emergence of the most long awaited game in Amiga history, is cack. Our seeds of suspicion that this might be the case were sown by the fact that Mindscape did not even see fit to send us a review copy. Were they just have a busy week? Had they just forgotten? Or does it rather suggest that they thought if they put it in a nice box and got it into the shops before we at AP had a chance to dissuade you otherwise, it might just sell? (Who can tell? – Ed).

We can only hope that none of you acted before sensibly waiting for a word or two from us because, rather embarrassingly, we did not even know Battletoads was out until I inadvertently walked into a computer shop in Bristol the other day (to try to get recognised – still no luck, though) and, in an unguarded moment, saw it on the shelf. Or more correctly, reduced to £10 in the Bargain Bin, a large-scale version of which surely be constructed, and into which all copies of Battletoads should be flung to rot for ever more. We often tell you here at AMIGA POWER that games are ‘crap’, but if there was ever a reason for relaxing Future Publishing’s rules on swearing, then Battletoads is it: this game is not so much crap as ("Quite clearly - Ed") terrible.

WARTS
Battletoads is divided into twelve levels. The first is a scrolling beat em up, very much a poor man’s Golden Axe (walk up to baddies and press Fire), the second is like that bit in Ghostbusters 2 (the game) were you are lowered down a cavern on a rope (swing into baddies and press Fire), the third has you in a spaceship flying through a scrolling tunnel (move up and down to avoid the rocks and press Fire), the fourth is a vertically scrolling version of the first and, from what I gather from the positively ancient NES original (on which this is based), it carries on in pretty much the same vein from here on.

SCHWARTZ
"Everything" is of course the answer to the question "Okay, but what exactly is the problem?". The sprites are tiny with only three frames of animation, the scrolling brings tears to the eyes, the sound effects are so bad they would make a Speccy blush and (if you have not already thrown a brick through the screen in disgust at the appalling backdrops) the music would have seriously considering ripping the speaker out of your television. There are programming bugs (jump over a gap and the screen might not scroll in time to let you over; you can kill baddies off-screen, and sometimes even walk off yourself) there are blatant design flaws (you can fall off the edge of level one – great) and the manual is awful, filling you in for eight pages on the toads’ ages, histories, hobbies, favourite flavours of Cornetto, etc, and then cramming the controls into seven lines (with no mention of how to barge into people on level on, or how to turn into a bashing ball while swinging down the ropes on level two. Cheers). Having such a varied line-up of levels was stupid (you cannot help thinking that if they had got the beat em-up right and moderated the rest into sub-games, it would not be quite so bad). (Er, Rich is obviously complaining about the variety of levels being poor, rather than dismissing the variety itself as a silly idea. – Ed) and, oh, I give up.
Battletoads is cack, right, and if it gets ten percent it ought to count itself extremely lucky.
RICH PELLEY

Amiga Power, Issue 42, October 1994, p.51

Upper UPPERS At long last, finally, eventually, boy-we-previewed-this-so-long-ago-I-don’t-think-my-voice-had-not-even-broken-then, you can play Battletoads on your Amiga.
Downer DOWNERS Don’t, however, expect your computer ever to speak to you again if you try.

THE BOTTOM LINE
There is absolutely no fun to be had playing Battletoads on the Amiga. It is chronically bad programmed, and the only reason you would ever carry on playing past your first game is to see what all the levels look like. Quite frankly, this never ever should have been released.
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THE BOTTOM LINE

A1200 If you thought the A500 version of Battletoads was bad, then you should see it running on a A1200. it is exactly the same.



Battletoads logo  CD32

Battletoads (Mindscape, 0444 246333, £29.99) is not a game you should consider buying. Battletoads is not a game you should consider stealing. If you receive Battletoads for your birthday, simply smile politely and then decapitate the bearer. It is 12 flawed levels of nonsense, a bit of beat-em-up, shoot-em-up and platform – all poorly executed. Go away.
Steve Bradley

10%

Amiga Format, Issue 65, November 1994, p.74


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Mindscapes Kampfkröten sind in der Disk-Version (Test in dieser Ausgabe) auf Tiefschläge spezialisiert, auf CD wird die Erträglichkeitsgrenze vollends unterschritten: Mit ihrer traurigen Grafik, den lächerlich animierten Sprites und einer völlig verunglückten Spielbarkeit degradieren die Plattform-Lurche die an sich so leistungsfähige Schillerscheibe zum hoffnungslos überteuerten Frisbee. Dieser CD-Müll ist mit 19 Prozent noch gut bedient!

Amiga Joker, August 1994, p.77


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Mindscape/£29.99

(Censored. - Ed).
JONATHAN NASH

Amiga Power, Issue 42, October 1994, p.51

THE BOTTOM LINE
CD32 It is Battletoads. But on the CD32. And five pounds more expensive. So.
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