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Alternative Software * £9.99 * New release
Huckleberry Hound As famous dogs go, this one is up there with the best of them. Fred Bassett, Lassie, Snowy, Muttley, Bouncer, Deputy Dawg, Rin Tin Tin, Nipper, K-9, Pickles, a quick office straw poll revealed other dogs of repute, but none of these venerable hounds have had their own game after them. Anyway, Huck’s treasured films Oscars have been half-inched and he has got to sniff around Cartoon World to goldenly retrieve them.

A barkingly mad platformer, Huckleberry Hound is not, I am afraid, the dog’s danglies. There are plenty of levels, but the gameplay is poor and the sprites are about as animated as something not very animated. It is a bit rough, but at least you can paws it.
Stephen Bradley

4/10

Amiga Format, Issue 52, November 1993, p.104


Ausgebremst?

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Die hier zugrundeliegenden Cartoons von Hanna und Barbera sollten die älteren Semester unter Euch eigentlich noch kennen – das Budget-Spiel zum Zeichentrick-Hund braucht hingegen eigentlich niemand zu kennen...

Huckleberry Hound Fangen wir mal mit dem Positiven an, schon weil das viel schneller geht. Also, die Verpackung ist aus solider Pappe, nett bedruckt und kostet samt Inhalt nur knappe 30 Märker. Letzterer besteht aus ein bißchen Werbung, einem Faltblatt mit der Anleitung sowie einer Diskette – und genau die ist das Problem. Das darauf befindliche Programm gönt dem armen Titelhund nämlich weder edle Comicgrafik noch ein vernünftiges Gameplay, statt dessen warten öde 08/15-Plattformen im Aldi-Design:

Der alte Huck muß in sechs Welten à sechs Levels Diamanten und Oscar-Figuren aufsammeln. Als kleinen Trostpreis für seine stinklangweilige Aufgabe findet er diverse Extras wie Zusatzleben oder Tarnkappen – eine Wumme, mit der sich seine drei Hundeleben gegen böse Spinnen, Vögel und Fische verteidigen ließen, such er allerdings vergeblich. Genauso vergeblich sucht der Spieler nach einem Fünkchen Motivation, denn die hat sich bereits beim Anblick der lieblos gezeichneten und lasch animierten Grafik restlos verflüchtigt. Auch das annehmbare Vertikalscrolling kann nicht davon ablenken, daß es vor unfairen Stellen nur so wimmelt und das Beste am Begleitkrach die Abschaltoption ist.

Zum Schluß sei noch auf den einzigen Vorzug des durch und durch überflussigen Trauerspiels hingewiesen: Die Titelmelodie ist ganz nett. Trotz der stabilen Packung und des auf den ersten Blick günstigen Preises ist das freilich ein bißchen wenig. Ja, der grüne Müll-Punkt klebt hier nicht umsonst auf der Box... (rl)

Amiga Joker, December 1993, p.98

HUCKLEBERRY HOUND
(ALTERNATIVE SOFTWARE)
JUMP & SLEEP
22%
"PFUI!"
Amiga Joker
GRAFIK
ANIMATION
MUSIK
SOUND-FX
HANDHABUNG
DAUERSPAß
29%
26%
42%
26%
50%
18%
FÜR ANFÄNGER
PREIS DM 29,-
SPEICHERBEDARF
DISKS/ZWEITFLOPPY
HD-INSTALLATION
SPEICHERBAR
DEUTSCH
512 KB
1/NEIN
NEIN
NEIN
ANLEITUNG


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Publisher: Alternative
Price: £9.99
Release: Out now

Huckleberry Hound Lord, can you hear me? I seek enlightenment. I seek knowledge, and teachings in the way of the world. I seek to discover what the bloody hell's going on in the world when someone thinks they can get away with releasing a gargantuan pile of utter, utter crap like this as an Amiga game in 1993. I seek to find out what was going through the minds of Quex Development Limited when they thought "Right then, that'll do" and sent Huckleberry Hound In Hollywood Capers off to Alternative with a covering note saying "It's finished, send us our money now."

I'd like to know exactly how long they spent working out the insulting excuse for a plot. I'd quite like to be told exactly how the 'Hollywood Capers' of the title relate to the platforms-against-a-wibbly-green-and-black-background that comprises the games graphics. I'd be quite pleased to learn if the programmers had any tricky moments drawing the total of four different frames required for Huck to walk and jump in two directions.

I wouldn't mind asking someone in the know if this was really knocked up in 20 minutes one rainy Wednesday afternoon by a six-year-old with a copy of Totally Useless Platform Game Construction Kit, as it appears to have been. I'd like to know if Alternative can sleep at nights, thinking about some little kid who's just forked out £10 of his hard-saved pocket money because he likes Huckleberry Hound, only to have been landed with this unforgivable, unimaginable, inexplicable, inexcusable, unbearable garbage. Most of all, I'd like to know why, lord? Why?

STUART CAMPBELL

Amiga Power, Issue 31, November 1993, p.90

(Many thanks for Codetapper for the original HTML of the review)

THE BOTTOM LINE
The worst pile of dog's crap inflicted on Amiga owners since Edd The Duck 2. Much, much worse than it looks, and you can see how it looks.
5

P E R C E N T


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ALTERNATIVE, £9.99
Huckleberry Hound If there was an award for the worst use of a character license in a platform game, this would walk away with it, no problem. The revolutionary gameplay has you scaling platforms, collecting diamonds and dodging drips of gooey stuff. It's horrifying to think that someone actually programmed this, and then had the front to release it.
Dave Stone

20%

CU Amiga, November 1993, p.89