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Grandslam’s answer to the Lemmings – it is a little German dragon lost in time.

T he whole world has gone puzzle mad. Humans, Lemmings, Krusty’s, Bill Tomatoes; up ladders, down mountains, across piles of bricks and into traps. I thought that just about every avenue of the wildly popular pastime of manoeuvring things around a monitor screen had not only been driven down, but also reversed back up, had a three-point turn performed upon it, been re-macadamised, taken up and had a vegetarian hypermarket built on it.

Stone age But apparently not, because up pop Eclipse, who evidently, not content with merely busying themselves with the kind of intergalactic warfare to be found elsewhere in this issue (Lethal Xcess), have noticed that somewhere back in a hidden vortex of time there is a little dragon, which for some reason or other needs rescuing from a cave.

It is not any old cave. Oh sure, it is made of rock and looks quite damp, but it is at the exit to this subterranean hollow where the strangeness begins. No sooner has the dragon made his way through it when another cave appears - and another, and another. A hundred of them, in fact.
I realise you know what is coming next, but I will explain it anyway because I am the grandmaster of tedium. Yes – each cave constitutes a level, 100 in all – a 100 level game (you are not joking about the tedium – Ed).

The levels consist of various formations of square blocks, on one – the cave entrance – the dragon appears. Sorry to keep referring to the mythical fire-breathing beast as "the dragon", but it was not me who neglected to give it a name.
Where was I? Square blocks – yes, the cave is full of them and most are put there just to hamper your progress. Others are movable though, some I four directions, others in two, and some in just one, and the idea is to transport the nameless dragon to the cave’s exit by way of these movable blocks. Not an easy task. The most important piece of kit is a logical mind. On first inspection some of the levels seem impossible. It is a race against time like most puzzlers, with a password for each level.

A different tune accompanies each level, and we are given the option to change the background. But apart from this, Stone Age relies on gameplay alone, which is addictive in an "oh god this is just ridiculous" – type fashion.

As puzzle games go this is a very competent effort, with lastability in the difficult later stages. It does look very bland though, and could have done with a cute/larget main sprite.
Several people in our office were hooked, but it may struggle to assert itself in a market already crowed with quality products.
PAUL ROUNDELL

"Gamer", Amiga Computing, Issue 60, May 1993, p.102

VISION
G G G G   * * * * * *
AUDIO
G G G G G   * * * * *
DIFFICULTY
G G G G G G   * * * *
LASTABILITY
G G G G G G   * * * *
Stone Age cannot be described as original, and it is streets behind in the visual department, but it is easy to play, addictive, fun and lasting. Not exactly Lemmings, but a good buy nevertheless. 75%
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Late April/May


Neulich in die Steinzeit

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Wir geben’s ja zu: Bei der neuen Tüftelei von Eclipse handelt es sich schlicht um einen Misch-Klon aus „Chip’s Challenge" und einer x-beliebigen Steinerei. Trotzdem hat uns das Teil gefallen - gut gemixt ist eben doch halb gewonnen!

Stone age Tja, die Steinzeit war schon stein... äh, beinhart, zumindest für ein kleines Dino-Baby, wenn es sich hoffnungslos in einem weitläufigen Höhlensystem verirrt hat. Durch hundert ausgeklügelte Level führt der Rückweg zur heimischen Saurierherde, und ohne sachkundige Unterstützung schaut unser Jungdrache hier ganz schön alt aus seinem Schuppenpanzer. Anfänglich ist der Weg zum jeweiligen Ausgang trotz Zeitlimit noch leicht zu finden, doch bald schon steht man ratlos vor Mauern, Bröselfeldern, Türen, versteckten Schlüsseln und Teleportern.

Besonderes Schädelraschen verursachen die nur ja bestimmten Richtungen beweglichen Schiebesteine, mit deren Hilfe sich die Nachwuchsechse über schwindelnde Abgründe dirigieren läßt. Auf ein gut ausgeklügeltes Spieldesign deutet dabei der Umstand hin, daß die Lösung meistens ziemlich simpel ist - man muß halt nur erst auf den Dreh kommen! Darf fünf Leben, zwei Schwierigkeitsgraden und Paßwörtern für echte Verzweiflung aber gottlob nicht vorhanden.

Grafisch überzeugt die Steinzeit trotz auswechselbarer Hintergründe und netter Zwischenscreens nicht allzusehr: Man erkennt, worum es geht, viel mehr ist meist nicht drin. Das Manko wird aber durch acht hübsche Soundtracks und eine eingängige Sticksteuerung wieder wettgemacht - alles in allem kein Geniestreich, aber eine sehr nette Grübelei. (jn)

Amiga Joker, July 1992, p.34

Amiga Joker
Stone Age
Grafik: 38%
Sound: 67%
Handhabung: 75%
Spielidee: 55%
Dauerspaß: 68%
Preis/Leistung: 64%

Red. Urteil: 66%
Für Fortgeschrittene
Preis: ca 79,- dm
Hersteller: Eclipse
Genre: Strategie

Spezialität: Komplett in deutsch, speicherbare Highscores, Jukebox-Option, Farbenwechsel durch RGB-Spielereien.