Everybody loves a baby - why? It's because they are so sickeningly cute that's why, and Baby Jo is no exception. He screams, he cries, he wets his nappies, he burps, he sucks his thumb and he's yours for only £25.99.
Yes, I'm afraid it's true, those guys and gals from across the old English Channel (that's France just in case you didn't know - Geographic Ed) have come up with a cutesy platform game, but is is any good? Well, read on and find out.
The blurb that comes with the game's instructions reads "Who's the new hero?" and the answer is simple - it's Harry Secombe, but apparently Loriciel think it's Baby Jo. That's fine by me but when did you last see Batman wet himself or when did you see Superman start sucking his thumb?
Right, enough of this superhero business, what do you have to do? Being the kind and considerate person I am, I will tell you. It's simple, Baby JO is lost in the countryside, far from town, his home and his mother, and all you have to do is get him home again.
But have no fear, because Baby Jo is very clever and by using his unique sense of direction he always knows which way is home (Quick, phone the That's Life team).
While trying to get the baby home you have to watch out for hazardous traps and the fearsome baddies. The baddies - all of whom are as cute as Jo - include things like jack-in-the-boxes, flowers, worms, wasps, black clouds with fire lightning at you and even an indestructible sun.
Having all these baddies trying to get poor Baby Jo can be a problem, because babies don't tend to carry Uzis and flamethrowers in their nappies. So what does Baby Jo use to dispose of his enemies?
Well, he uses a more powerful weapon than an Uzi or a flame
So what else can Baby Jo use to help him get home? Well, there's a first aid kit which restores his energy, and there are also bonuses in the form of fruits and sweets. There are balloons which are inflated with helium so that Baby Jo can climb trees or cross ravines, too.
Baby Jo has a friend called Jock the Duck, who looks identical to Daffy Duck. Jock provides Baby Jo with some helpful clues, but beware - Jock has a Jeremy Beadle-
There is one snag with Baby Jo, which is that he hasn't been toilet-
The graphics are really nice and give that added cutesy feel to the game. Soundwise, the in-game tunes get on your nerves after a while, but the sound effects are excellent with Baby Jo giggling, burping and crying all the way home. One complaint is that the scrolling is a bit jerky - and the game is rather difficult!
Overall Baby Jo is another average platform game. Loriciel have tried very hard but it doesn't compete with the likes of Magic Pockets and Robocod.