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Publisher: Hi-Tec
Price: 7.99
Release: Out Now

Top cat We have been pestering Hi-Tec for months now, but they repeatedly failed to send us a copy of this. I wonder if there is any reason why?

The first disappointment in Top Cat is the lack of the original theme tune, replaced for doubtless economic reasons by a crap and irritating jingle-type thing. The second disappointment is the absurd nature of the obstacles in the game. Top Cat (who is, remember, a cat) is damaged by mice, rats and birds, yet not by big growling dogs. The third disappointment is the dire movement of the inanimate obstacles (dustbins, beach balls etc), which makes it impossible to tell if they are rolling, bouncing, gliding or whatever. Coupled with the pseudo-3D viewpoint this makes enemy-avoiding a very imprecise art. The fourth disappointment is the utterly, utterly bog-standard arcade adventure game design, and the final disappointment is the realisation that we, just like you, had to go out to the shops and fork out eight quid for this. (They STILL would not send us a copy you see). It was not worth it.
STUART CAMPBELL

Amiga Power, Issue 5, September 1991, p.78

THE BOTTOM LINE
Undemanding stuff that might be okay for the under-12s, but that is about all. Cute but totally vacuous.
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